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I work both sides of the camera. I spent four years in college studying theatre, film and acting. It was there I picked up an interest in photography as well. And it was an easy transition. A lot of the skills used in film production can easily be translated into photography, but I also think this is why a lot of shots have a cinematic feel to them.
I try to tell stories with my pictures. If you look at a whole spread, you see a story of some kind. Sometimes it is a super simple story, woman wants to seduce the person on the other side of the camera, but with others, the stories can get more complex.
I feel this is why I have been drawn to portrait photography, specifically a genre I call alternative boudoir. This is where we are doing the sexy stuff in normal boudoir but with a twist. Just the whole concept of capturing a person and using that image to create art inspires me so much just to keep on creating.
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Our readers would love to get to know you more BK. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I embrace creativity and my dreams. I was raised to follow them as far as I can...and I do. Sometimes this comes across as embracing my not-so-inner child. Letting him out to play and create something amazing that someone who has pushed down their creativity would not be able to understand.
BK, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I aspire to be working in an artistic field and be able to live off of that work. I am hoping to be able to be working and actor and doing photography as a side job.
I've been shooting since I was in high school but that was cheap disposables and point and shoots. Got some decent shots out of it but nothing major. Then in college, I started to get more serious about it, checking out cameras from our department and then about four years ago now I got DSLR for Christmas and have been building my experience, my portfolio and eventually my business ever since.
Who is your inspiration in life BK? How do you keep inspired?
To be able to show off to all the bullies and weirdoes who didn't believe in me over the years.
I keep inspired by looking at other people's work and pushing myself to be better.
We all make mistakes BK; 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.
It was a couple of months ago now. I had booked a shoot with a girl who wanted to do some outdoor nude shots for her portfolio. Well, on the way to the shoot I find out the husband knew of the shoot but not of nature. Then he found out. And throughout the shoot, he finds out more and more. It's going to be fully nude; it's going to be shot by a male....etc.
We finish the shoot; I think everything is fine. When I get her the pictures the next day I am "Thanked" with "Sorry, but, I'm going to have to block you now." There's more to the story but to put it simply, got to make sure to use contracts!
BK, 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?
I live by the philosophy of K.I.S.S.= Keep It Simple, Stupid. First come, first served. Working with multiple shoots, I will start editing the first I shot and work my way through. It's the simplest way to work through a full workload.
Please tell us BK, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
One of my favourite things to shoot is promotional images for live theatre. To do this, a photographer needs to put aside their ego for a bit. I am hired by the theatre to take images of the play. But it is still the Director's show, not mine. I have had to let the director dictate much more than I usually would like, about the staging of the actors or the scene, so that they will be getting the best images I can produce to help promote their shows that much better.
BK, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
Now, come on. I can't give away all my trade secrets now can I?
BK, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest moment and the response I try to get every time is when a model from an early shoot, in my career told me that the shoot we did, one image in particular, helped her to see how sexy she is and made her feel even more beautiful and more confident in herself. Like I tell people when I work with them and explain how little I like to edit, "I am aiming to show you how beautiful you are to me."
BK, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
A fun job was when I was working editorial and event photography for an events magazine in San Antonio. These were a lot of fun because they forced me to work in bad photography conditions. Low light, lots of crowds, uncooperative volunteers. And while it could also be frustrating, it did give me the chance to learn more about long exposure photography and how to do that well.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Keep shooting. You learn by doing, not by giving up or burying yourself in books.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I would love to collaborate in different fields. I like to be able to push my experiences while still being able to lay my style on the images.
Now for the best part BK! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
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