"One, you want to be passionate about what you choose to do, and two; you can't 'fake' it. If you are truly into what you are doing, it will show through your drive and productivity."
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Davi dm Lippold
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Firstly David, how would you best describe yourself?
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Depends on assignment
David. Tell us ABOUT yourself.
David and Jacqueline are a creative duo based in Houston, Tx. They collaboratively put together thematic, shoots, video productions, and other artistic media. David is a photographer, videographer, and artist; while Jacqueline is a model, photographer, stylist, and social media guru. Together their talents intertwine to create a harmony of nostalgic visuals.
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Our readers would love to get to know you more David. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I am as much an artist (painter), as a photographer - I strongly believe the two fuel each other. Light, composition, emotion; all of these influence one another as I go back and forth between these media. Jacqueline, as well has a strong artistic background. We treat any set/opportunity as if were a canvas, or even playground.
David, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I have always been passionate about telling a story, or moving an audience with visuals. Even abstractly, you can always get a reaction out of an individual through art. I have had a camera at hand since I was a teenager, documenting my friend's childhood adventures.
Who is your inspiration in life David? How do you keep inspired?
My inspiration is my family. Jacqueline and I have two children. As I have grown and matured as a father, they keep me ambitious, grounded, but also show me how to retain the innocence as an artist, "stopping to smell the roses," if you will. Jacqueline and I inspire each other. If either one of us is in a rut, or too busy, the other will pull them aside to spontaneously create and get caught at the moment.
We all make mistakes David; 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.
Honestly, my only regret is perhaps selling myself short. We all have that novice trial where we need to get a portfolio together, build confidence, or 'give up the goods' at a lower rate or even free to ensure it gets out there. In many circumstances, photography or any other art needs to be treated as the business. Your worth should always be accounted for.
David , 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 will speak to this as a videographer, which is my 9-5. We have a large number of clients who all need their projects 'yesterday,' and usually, literally at the same deadline. I get paid salary, so the charge isn't a factor (but would be in a freelance world).
What is boils down to is we need information, vision, scripts, and resources from our clients, the same that they need a finished product. Whoever is prepared and gives us what we need, usually gets their project first. It should be a symbiotic relationship. Most clients don't seem to understand that.
Please tell us, David, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
This is something that comes along with most any project. I think the key is to use checklist when first starting out. It prepares you for 70% of what to anticipate. There will always be variables out of your hands that you can't predict. This at least gives you an advantage on most scenarios. Sometimes you just have to trust that your adrenalin will kick in just when you need it. There will always be curve balls and mishaps. You just need to be prepared for it.
David, please give us an example of a the time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
Unfortunately, my biggest persuasion is, "I told you so." When clients won't budge, sometimes you need to show them how their idea won't work. Not everyone has the artistic mindset to visualize what hasn't been made. Usually I do not invest much time in doing this. It can be as simple as showing them an example of a google image, or perhaps a past project that was not as strong with their suggested approach.
David, 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?
As a videographer, I have won several Telly awards. It is always great to receive recognition, or publication.
David, 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 think the longer you have worked with certain clients, the more trust they have instilled in you. I have had several occasions where the client either asked for my direct vision, or had me throw my take on their vision half way through the project. Yes, it can be intimidating or overwhelming at first, but seeing your way through the process and knowing you had such an influence on a product is truly an amazing and rewarding experience.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
First, find your niche and stick to it. It should be something you're passionate about for two reasons. One, you want to be passionate about what you choose to do, and two; you can't 'fake' it. If you are truly into what you are doing, it will show through your drive and productivity. Be consistent. I've seen countless people follow trends as they come and go because what they do is not 'working.' It will not come overnight, and there will be ups, downs, and rejection. Stay true to what you believe in and the longer you stay with it, the sooner you will master it and receive recognition.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Of course! This is the best tool to utilize in the industry, as well as just in life in general. Collaborating with others helps you grow personally, as well as the audience of all parties involved. We are always looking for other designers and brands to showcase.
Now for the best part David! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
David Michael Lippold @davidmlippold