Chad Naujoks

Chad Naujoks
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I started working with photography in middle school and working on my own film processing and photography in high school as the Public Affairs Officer of my ROTC Unit. After high school I got my photography certificate from NYIP and my masters in business from the University of Phoenix Online. 

In 2001 I started my first photography studio working mostly on weddings and portraits, but this wasn't what I enjoyed. In 2013 I closed down that studio and worked on projects that I enjoyed completely for myself. In 2015 I knew it was time to restart my studio and share what I was working on with everyone! I started Beach Breeze Studios mostly working on Fine Art, Digital Art and Model Portfolios. 

Our readers would love to get to know you more Chad. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?

I think that my computer knowledge and expertise in all kinds of photography set me apart from most others. I love editing photographs and video, I love working with new models and other artists. 

Chad, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?

My passion is to be known as the photographer that you want to go to, to get your photography and digital art created!

I started very young in photography and in high school I was the Public Affairs Officer for my ROTC unit and loved working with everyone and getting the shots for publication!

Who is your inspiration in life Chad? How do you keep inspired?

Nigel Barker was a huge inspiration for me to open my studio and work with models that were just starting out to help them get extreme quality images for their portfolios!

We all make mistakes Chad, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Photographer , you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.

I think I would have stayed with my mentor for a longer time and learned more from how they worked their business. They had a great studio going and were really good with business and marketing. I would have loved to have learned more of that!

Chad ,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 prioritizing your clients’ needs?

I always work with my customers based on what I perceive to be their timeline. I make sure my requirements are known for what time I need, and usually try to work on customers photos within a week and sometimes just a few days.

Please tell us Chad, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?

In the past there have been a couple of times that I have had to be strategic about bookings. I have had bookings that have failed to come through and still had to fill the time, sometimes it was really easy, other times it took some doing to get a model or customer on short notice to fill the spots!

Chad, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.

I don't usually try to persuade people to see things my way. I like to perceive things the way my customers and clients would like them to be! I try to make the best images that I can for my client and make the best art I possibly can for them! Something they will be proud of and want to share.

Chad 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 to everyone. What is it and why?

I think my proudest moment was when I actually got my first studio created and got my business licence! I know it sounds funny, but being a studio owner and working for myself was something that I have always wanted to do!

Chad, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?

With some of my models I like to take a picture or two that I will be creative in Corel Painter or Photoshop and create a digital artwork that is based off the photo, but is quite unrecognizable as being the original. Love working on images like that!

What advice would you give to the people who wants to be successful as a Photographer?

I think that you should just do it! Get out there and work on getting your vision, talk with people, learn all you can and love what you do. Have to love what you do! If not, it isn't worth it!

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 always looking for collaboration with models, fashion talents, brands everything. I love working with all types of model photography and all different types of talents!

Now for the best part Chad! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photo Credits:
Photographer: Chad Naujoks @beachbreezestudios