Well, I have two passports and an accent. I love snowboarding and scuba diving. I'm a flirt and love shoes
Adam, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
My stepdad was a wonderful and acclaimed art photographer who photographed many of the stars of the 50s 60s and 70s including the Beatles and Rolling Stones. I learnt darkroom skills from him. When I was 11, I dropped his very expensive Leica and figured I needed to prove I could handle a camera.
Who is your inspiration in life Adam? How do you keep inspired?
Observation and celebration. I love to people watch and see the energy between people. That's what I try to capture. Energy.
We all make mistakes Adam; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I once started shooting a very important film session with a new client on a new camera body. I was so excited and also so unfamiliar that I loaded the film wrong. When I realised the issue, I made up a technical glitch with the camera body and had to exchange bodies with a colleague. The client never knew, and the colleague saved my bacon.
Adam, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
Its all about time management, clear communication and making sure that I am constantly managing client expectations. I never promise something I KNOW I can't deliver.
Please tell us, Adam, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
I have recently been juggling three projects across three time zones. GMT, EST, and PST. In order to properly service the clients in question, I divided my day and created two sleep periods every 24 hour day so that I could be available at the right times. I got thru it but needed a few days to recover.
Adam, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I am almost ashamed to admit it, but I tend to be able to convince people to see my way quite often. It sounds arrogant, but I am so genuinely passionate about vision and how I look at something that I think my excitement generally takes people along with me.
Adam, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
I have a daughter who is a young aspiring actor and shooting a headshot that she loves and other people love me very happy.
Adam, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
When I first started shooting a lot, I had options to work digitally but was shooting tons of film. B&W and Color. I did a lot of experimentation with developing color film in the 'wrong process' meaning the wrong chemicals and the excitement of not knowing what you would get in the negative was always amazing. Sometimes it was a disaster, but when it was right, the glitches in color were things of beauty and that creativity was amazing.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Love what you do. Spend time with clients you love. Don't waste time with people who don't have a passion for imagery and are just looking for a bland image.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I am open to all collaborations that have mutual benefit for the people involved. My experience as a photographer but also as a writer and producer of advertising content gives me a vast set of experiences and perspectives that can always help push the brand's evolution. I love a collaboration where A vision can be developed and then successfully executed.
Photographer: Adam Matalon @snappyadam