I became a photographer later in life (mid-forties); therefore, I take a more mature view of the images I capture. I look for the image within the image. Take a person's face.... what are they saying with their eyes, the lips, the way they wear their hair....? There is a message in the unique silence of an image. I speak to my subjects.
David, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I am passionate about people, who they are, where they come from and what story they have to tell. I stumbled into photography. I always took pictures with my phone. Unlike most, I felt the need to expand on the imagery, as far as sharpness, shadows, exposure, etc... I picked up my first camera (s), a Nikon d3200 a Canon T5i (I shoot Canon now), and it all started from there.
Who is your inspiration in life David? How do you keep inspired?
My dad is my inspiration. He had a never say die spirit. My dad once came to see me play little league football while having a stroke. He stayed for the entire game and then drove himself to the hospital. He was larger than life! He was born in 1912, drop out of school in the third grade yet migrated north and made a life for himself. He never made excuses. My memories of my dad are what keeps me focused, inspired and grateful.
We all make mistakes David; 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.
I recently did some studio work for a client who needed headshots. When I sent him the images, he was taken aback by what he saw. The images weren't bad; however, some focused on his face and others his entire head. He asked why was his head cut off in some of the photos....? I advised him that headshots do not necessarily focus on the entire head. After a little back and forth, he understood and was eventually satisfied with my work. I felt disrespected a little, but I learned to put my client's needs before my ego.
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 prioritising your clients’ needs?
It is rather simple-FIFO (first in, first out). I prioritise based on time. The needs of the earliest job come before the needs of the newest job.
Please tell us, David, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
My wife is my partner. We had a wedding to shoot, and she was to meet the bride to take preparation shot and likewise me with the groom. I had the entire day planned as far a timing; however, nothing went right. The preparation shoot for the bride overran, and I never made it to the preparation shoot for the groom. I reconfigured the remaining time for the shoot and managed to get all the shots I needed to make it a successful day. I even managed to get the groom preparation shots after the ceremony. I just did them as he was getting undressed!
David, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I am a very confident person. Being a photographer, I constantly have to sell my vision to clients, especially for weddings. I once had a client who thought she did not take very good pictures, did not like her size or her dress. I persuaded my client to be open to the photographic process by focusing on the qualities she held in high regard.
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 want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
The first wedding I shot. The best experience ever.
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?
The flash on my camera malfunction and I had to shoot at very high ISOs.; however, the images after a little help from photoshop came out well.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Do not quit. Give yourself time to grow and invest in your craft.
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