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My focus as of now is portraits and for the summer because I'm still fairly new I've only been charging $60 per shoot.
I've been focusing lately on portrait photography, but I've done a wide range of different styles of photography as well. From landscape to compositions I've just been yearning to get better and learn as much as I can. While I want to make a little bit of money from photographing people, I also take pride in meeting new people and learning about them as well. I feel like I can learn something new every day from someone new every day! I always find that people are very interesting and creative and this motivates me to continue Photography, I love it so far!
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Our readers would love to get to know you more Daniel. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I believe what's unique about me is my ability to happily take on new challenges every day. As stated before, I love to meet new people and try new things. I love to learn all that I can and I'm easily approachable and friendly as well.
Daniel, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
My passion is basketball and my mom always told me to have an additional option as to what I wanted to do in life. Photography happens to be the best second option I've come across. I enjoy photography just as much as I enjoy playing the sport of basketball and with the 2 being such different fields I believe it makes me pretty versatile and unpredictable. I started photography during my freshman year of college with the photo course being just an elective class for me to find out what I wanted to focus on. I couldn't afford a camera at the time so my professor was kind enough to loan me hers. And from there I loved it so much that my mother and I found a way to save up money so I could have my own.
Who is your inspiration in life Daniel? How do you keep inspired?
My inspiration is my mother of course! I keep inspired just by seeing her get up early every morning and work hard to provide for me and my siblings. I tell myself that one day my hard work will pay off so that she won't have to work hard anymore. That's how I stay motivated!
We all make mistakes Daniel, 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.
A situation I wish I handled differently was a time where I ended up not using my flash equipment as much during a wedding because I didn't want to interfere with the hired photographer. I didn't know at the time that I could just switch the channel of my flash to a different one so that I wouldn't interfere with his and I ended up with a smaller amount of well-lit photos.
Daniel, 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 mainly just try to stick to a well-planned schedule. This is easy for me as of now because I only work on weekends for my normal job, leaving me free on the weekdays. I can schedule a shoot each day for a different client.
Please tell us, Daniel, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
I had to be very strategic with planning times for shoots this summer because I often had shoots scheduled on the same days I had to work my normal job. I would plan the shoot to be somewhere near a train that I could take straight to work right after we were done.
Daniel, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I successfully persuaded a teacher of mine to view a project of mine in the way that I envisioned it. I made a composition using a portrait I took and a photo I took using bulb mode and made it look natural in the process.
Daniel, 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 so far as a photographer was just recently doing a shoot for an old friend of mine. He admitted to me that coming into the shoot his standards were lowered because I wasn't a professional, but when he saw the final photos he absolutely loved them all. I actually was proud hearing him say this to me because he didn't expect such a good result and received a good result anyway. I like to be underestimated I believe it makes me work a lot harder.
Daniel, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I was able to be creative during one of my classes at school by doing a composite image of myself. I'm not very good at them but this time around everything seemed to work perfectly. My assignment was to try something that I wasn't good at and that was composites. I used a stock photo of an elephant and then took pictures of myself sitting on a stool (as if I were riding an elephant) and blended the two together. The elephant was in a jungle so I found it fitting that I did this shirtless as well. I then colour matched myself to blend with the colours from the stock image and it all worked out pretty well. I'm proud of the result.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
My advice to people who are planning on being a photographer is to never let anyone tell you that you can't do it. Don't put yourself down if your images start off flat and boring, it happens to all of us. Keep producing work and you will see your own progress and people will see it as well. I'm slowly gaining a bit more exposure and I feel like I wouldn't be had I given up due to my work starting off boring. Don't ever give up, step out of your comfort zone and you'll slowly blossom into a creative photographer!
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Not necessarily but if I could I would like to shoot with Adidas.
Now for the best part Daniel! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photographer: Daniel Perkins @d.p.images