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Currently I am employed in the United States Air Force. It has always been my dream to become a photographer. I am 28 years old and want to be able to do photography full time by 32. As of now I practice and study during my off time.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Danny. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
As a full time military member about to hit ten years and a father of three children, time is very precious to me. After a full day of work and then making sure I invest time in my family, I usually end up falling asleep studying books, blogs, and other photographers work as a way improve myself. Dreaming about photography and settings is a normal thing for me. Even with the little time I have, it has taught me commitment and drive to continue improving myself even when things are hard. Photograph may be my dream but I will do everything within my power to make it a reality!
Danny, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
My passion is my family and my photography. I try to live that everyday. So much so that even my seven year old son has picked up his own camera and wants to shoot with me everyday. I started photography in my late years of high school. I picked up a tiny point and shoot and always carried it on me. I would shoot plates of food and glasses at restaurants, flowers we walked by, even my own senior photos because I wasn't happy with what the school had taken. What first sparked my interest was during a school musical there was a photographer there shooting with an older 1dx. I asked to see his pictures and thought they were amazing. I asked him how I could get a camera like that and her pretty much shot me down saying it would take way more work and money than I was probably willing to put in. To prove him wrong I have busted my butt and purchased my first camera. It's been a long time coming and I still have a long way to go but this is a journey I can never give up. I love photography and even through the times I feel like I lose my passion I always end up coming back because photography and capturing that perfect moment is an amazing feeling of accomplishment.
Who is your inspiration in life Danny? How do you keep inspired?
I have many inspirations such as Joe Edelman, Tony Northrop, and Jason Lanier who are great photographers and openly share their knowledge and even phlearn who has taught me so much about editing. Over all though I think my true inspirations are my real father who gave up when things got hard and my step father who has taught me to never give up and shown love in every one of his actions. Lastly, my mother who came from such a hard past and has come out on top as an amazing woman and loving mother. They have all taught me with incredible hard work even when you want to give up can take you to amazing heights! I want to make them proud. For that and their sacrifices, I will never give up my dream.
We all make mistakes Danny, 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.
In the past I wasn't so sure of myself or my dreams. As most people we have our down times. I have dealt with many people in the past who spoke negatively about my skills and my dreams, told me not to invest because it wouldn't take me anywhere, etc. I either took what they told me to heart and almost gave up or aggressively talked to them about the flaws in their work. I regret all of that. I've learned to believe in myself and when people speak negatively about my work I try to understand where they are coming from, learn from what their saying, and share with them from a better place. I've learned being rude and mean takes me nowhere and do my best to share what I've learned with everybody or at least look at people with compassion and understanding.
Danny ,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?
As of now I only work with one or two clients/models at a time. I don't want to be over stretched and not give somebody the attention they deserve. This is especially important since I'm in the military and I don't have much time for re shoots or re edits. I make sure to have a sit down to understand my clients wants and put that into my work. Other than that I make sure to keep them engaged with open conversations and let them know about my mission constraints which may slow down delivery. I find with open dialogue and involvement, create my best work and ensure the success of the whole session.
Please tell us Danny, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
I can't say there has been a time I had to be super strategic to handle priorities. I make sure in the planning phase that I compare everybody's calendars since the military and family comes first. I find that when you plan everything properly from the start, you don't have to jump through hoops and think fast on your feet. Which leads to a lot more relaxed and fun shoot.
Danny, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
My primary career is aircraft mechanics which entails a lot of trouble shooting. It's not so easy to get in there and shot gun parts at a plane. You can end up with an even more broken jet. I try to employ that thought process in my sessions as well. We may go in there with an idea but that doesn't always work out. I have found that going with the flow, being willing to implement changes, and properly talking someone through poses or ideas has created some awesome imagery. If you can't properly describe your creative process than why should somebody be open to make it a reality.
Danny 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?
Purchasing my first full frame camera, the Canon 1dx Mark II. It may not seem like a big deal to most but as I stated earlier there was a person who said I could never make it to where I am. My next big dream is to become a published photographer which would be an amazing experience and hopefully my first of many.
Danny, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Starting from scratch has you working with a lot of people that want a certain look or to replicate something they saw on Instagram. It's amazing now that since we people see what I can do they say "do whatever you want, your the expert". In definitely no expert but their trust in me is amazing. It's amazing that people help me bring my ideas to life but at the same time scary because if it fails then it is completely my failure.
What advice would you give to the people who wants to be successful as a Photographer?
Never give up even when people don't believe in you. Eat, drink, breath, and live your dream until you make it a reality!
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Beauty, fashion, tasteful nude, action. When your dreams are endless, you want to do a bit of everything.
Please add any photo credits for the photos you uploaded so that everybody can get recognised. (Name and Instagram @Username)
Alaina Droubie (rain and woods photos)
Gabrielle Kale (swimsuit waterfall and nude photos) x_mi.vida.loca_x