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What is unique about me...... I guess it's what I want to do things they have meaning. May parents say that I have an old soul and that very well could be true. I equate meaning to music. For instance, today's music is very microwaveable and doesn't last very long. Many people my age probably don't listen to Anita Baker or The Gap Band. For me songs of that era have meaning, and I'd inspire me. I would say another thing about me is that for some reason I make use of what I have. I don't have a whole load of money nor do I have top camera equipment or editing software. But I do find a way to make use of what I have, and I work hard to reach different levels.
Daniel, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
In life, I want to love the work or job that I do. Many individuals wake up every morning and despise the work that they do. I never want to do that (well at least for long-term). As you would guess a strong passion of mine is photography, it's an extension of me. My first start of photography was in the 10th. I took a photography class, and the tool at my disposal was an iPhone 4. Yes and iPhone 4 ðŸ˜‚. My teacher was a lady by the name of Ms Wynn. To me, she was the best photographer that walked the earth, and boy did she have the attitude to prove it. However, she pushed me to not settle for mediocrity, and I'm sure that without her I wouldn't have s love for photography at all. Another contributor to my photography is my brother Jonathan. He shares the same interest as I do in the art form. The only difference is that he would rather be in front of the camera. He helped me start photography business page and create a company name. He and I would take road trips to find perfect locations and take pictures, a perfect team in my opinion. Without him, I definitely wouldn't be able to reach where I am today.
Who is your inspiration in life Daniel? How do you keep inspired?
I stay inspired by a few simple things, going outside and being observant. Collaborating with other inspire me as well. I feel as the world teaches us all new things every day. It's just up to us on how we interpret it.
We all make mistakes Daniel; 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.
Starting in my time as a photographer I didn't want to collaborate with other or share ideas. I wanted to do everything on my own. I found out early that using that mindset gets you nowhere in this industry. Thankfully I quickly changed that mindset.
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 prioritising your clients’ needs?
I like to find out what my clients want beforehand. And if it's something that I don't think I'm capable of doing I tell them. However, I also tell them that I am able to learn how to do it. I don't want to waste anyone's time or money. I see it as someone entrusting me to caption a time or moment in their life. And they deserve to receive pictures that they can be proud of and keep for a lifetime. For me, Quality is my first and number one priority. If there is no quality, your brand as a whole does not matter.
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 a clothing company who was very particular in what they wanted. Somethings I had no clue how to do given that I did not have all the necessary equipment. However, I went online and researched and practised. Thankfully, they were pleased.
Daniel, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I think the key to letting someone see your point of view is listening and trying to understand their point of view. By doing that you can show where your point of view differs and why.
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 want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
I think one of my proudest moments was getting the opportunity to do a personal shoot with a Youtuber by the name is Andrew Trabass. He is one of my favourite Youtubers. I remember sitting in my bed watching his videos on my phone back in middle school. Getting the chance to get pictures of him to add to my portfolio meant the world to me, mainly because I never thought I would ever get that chance ever to see him.
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?
A time where I was creative... Well, a clothing company by the name of Buz Meraki sent me some shirts to take product shots. Given that this was my first time doing product shots I was completely nervous. However, I went to a local park, walked around and ended up at a park bench. I then got the idea to use the park bench as my backdrop. I got some leaves and placed them on the bench to add a falling effect and left with some amazing product shots.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Never compromise your craft, you may get discouraged, and you may even let others doubting you allow you to doubt yourself, DONT GIVE IN. Also, surround yourself with individuals who inspire you and want to strive forward both collectively and individually.
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 would love to work with clothing lines which carry their own theme and models who value quality. Ultimately I would love to work with every and anyone. We all have different perspectives, and I would love to show everyone's perspective within my photography the best I can.
Photographer: Daniel Walker (Lapsevisions) @lapsevisions