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Hi, my name is Ben Coles, and I am a 19-year-old entirely self-taught photographer based in Salt Lake City, Utah.
In 2016, for Christmas, my dad bought a sweet new camera for the whole family. It had been about 2 months, and nobody had used it. I don't think anybody how good that camera was. It was the Sony a6000, such a fantastic camera. I picked it up, took a couple of pictures, and I fell in love.
I cant say that I have much experience in the field, but I know that I have a love for what I do and I think that's good enough for me.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Ben. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you, your brand or the services you offer?
The one thing that I offer that I think is different from many other photographers is Variety. What I mean is, with me, we can go out and shoot in the beautiful mountains that Utah offers or we can shoot in the city with some fairy lights and neon signs. My style changes and I think that's what sets me apart from everyone else.
Ben, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I started taking photos in March of 2017. My dad bought a Sony a6000 for the whole family in the year 2016 on Christmas. Nobody paid significant attention to it or knew the power that was in that camera. Until one day I decided to use it and I was in awe in not just the quality of the pictures but the size of the camera and how it took such amazing photos. From then on it was a passion of mine.
Who is your inspiration in life Ben? How do you stay inspired as Photographer?
Well for me and probably for a lot of people the two photographers that inspire me the most are Samuel Elkins and Brandon Woelfel. My style reflects theirs. I have both of their books that they provide for their followers. I keep inspired by not only just continually going out and shooting but by just directly opening those books.
We all make mistakes Ben; we wish we could take back. What was the mistake you made in the past that you wish you can take back?
Buying a Full Frame 50mm lens for Crop Sensor Camera. At the time I hadn't known the concepts behind the full frame and crop sensor ideas. I wish I could jump back in time and tell myself to buy the Sigma 30mm lens designed for crop sensor cameras that I ended up buying later. That lens for sure left a dent in my bank account. Ouch.
Ben, How do you describe yourself regarding working with clients?
Friendly & Cooperative with clientele. What I mean is that I'm probably one of the most beautiful people you'll ever meet and that's good for when in working with clients. Moreover, what I mean by being Cooperative is that of the client has any crazy ideas for a shoot, I'm willing to do it, in fact, I'm willing to try anything.
Please tell us, Ben, how do you prioritise work, social life, friends, and family?
My priority would be my family and always will be. My friends come second because they are like family to me. The third is not just my work at Sams Club but my work as a Photographer. Sometimes its tough to balance everything that goes on but I get the job done.
Ben, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
Well for me I don't see my self as very persuasive because I am very open minded to things. On the flip side, I can be very stubborn if is set on something. I don't have a specific example but sometimes when I work at Sams club or even when I'm out shooting, if I have an idea of how we should change things and I think its good idea, ill be able to persuade anybody. Whether its how we organise things at Sams Club Photo or even if it's just the way we shoot if I'm out taking pictures with a group.
Ben, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer.
I think my proudest professional accomplishment in photographer was when I reached 2000 followers on Instagram. I know, so many other photographers have way more followers but me reaching 2000 followers, very recently made all of this feel more real and it feels good.
Ben, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or challenging about it?
I always feel creative when I'm taking pictures with fairy lights; there's just something about those lights. For example, I went on a shoot with my good friend Selina. It was just a generic nature shoot, and I had much fun. It was when the sun went down, and I pulled out the fairy lights. We also used the headlights in my big Ford Excursion that I have. I felt like I was doing something different and unique, or just creative.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?*
KEEP TAKING PICTURES. The more you go out and take pictures the better you're going to be. Never stop. If you think your work is terrible, then seek out advice from other creatives, in fact, id loves to give you some advice on specific subjects. Go out and watch videos about how to do certain things or how to take photos a certain way. Another thing is to always pay attention to your composition & balance within your photo. Keep your photo straight & keep it well structured.
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