Served In the United States Air Force for the college money to attend the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. My speciality is fashion design using mostly natural lighting. I have been in the industry for 17 years.
I used to run a small art magazine called the Bay Area Cookbook. I travel everywhere that I am hired, or needed. My work has spanned intercontinental but mostly is generated locally.
I recently just returned to my original love.... Film. Most of the work that I usually showcase has been digital, but the loss of Art, in my opinion, withing the photography has died with the invention of the smartphone and advanced digital cameras.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Danny. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you, your brand or the services you offer?
One of the highlights of my work, other than my return to film, is how little I require to get the job done. I have no assisting teams, nor elaborate light setups. I prefer natural lighting. I don't use model agencies to acquire my talent. I find them all around me.
Danny, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I started as a photographer by my love of films or movies. A single frame can tell a story just like many frames in a movie can.
My passion and aspiration come from the final products. I love to set up an almost fictional environment for my models to become the actors they portray in my photos. It gets my adrenalin going.
Eventually getting my work massively published is the goal.
Who is your inspiration in life Danny? How do you stay inspired as Photographer?
My inspiration comes from my models as well. I do have a muse, who also happens to be my best friend. He models for me and pushes me to do my best.
We all make mistakes Danny; we wish we could take back. What was the mistake you made in the past that you wish you can take back?
Making mistakes in the art can usually be reformed into a useful characteristic. The biggest mistakes I've made were getting involved with some who were toxic to the growth of my artistic process.
Danny, How do you describe yourself regarding working with clients?
I am very straightforward, but I am also able to give my clients working room so that we both may achieve the same goals, working together.
Please tell us, Danny, how do you prioritise work, social life, friends, and family?
Business comes first. I have to keep my bills paid and food on my table. I always manage to squeeze in ample time for my family and friends.
Danny, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
The only time that I have come to the point of compromise at work is when the issue of time management has become an issue. Priorities seem to be an issue with a lot of new professionals, but making sure not to overwhelm yourself and not putting personal issues into your work time, seemed to be a problem in the past. A creative decision on what "looked good" as opposed to what they thought made them look good as a person, became the hot topic of miscommunication and undesirable working conditions. In the end, it's about what the client wants, but also how they're work represents their brand. I was able to talk the client into displaying the brand to make the company look good, instead of making it lean towards a representation of their personal life.
Danny, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer.
My proudest professional accomplishment was my magazine when I ran it for five years.
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?
I was told to represent jewellery, but with a theme and with only two models. I chose to use different models, different scenes and spending the time to prep all of this was the hardest part. It ended up taking months but made it all worth it in the end.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?*
Never stop trying. Never see a mistake or hurdle as the end.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes, but with anyone.
Photographer and Stylist: Danny Vann