Alongside photography, I write my music. Creativity has always run in my blood. I'm in love with art and making things that help people heal and cope with traumatic experiences. I hope to do that through my photography.
Easton, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I love helping people see the good sides of themselves. I have a passion for helping people improve their self-image and self-confidence. It's important to me that people can love themselves.I started photography when I was very little. My great uncle taught me how to use a camera. I would make short little videos and show them to my family. I started to get really into photography again sophomore year in high school. My camera has become part of me. I feel empty without it around my neck.
Who is your inspiration in life Easton? How do you keep inspired?
Brandon Woelfel has to be everyone's inspiration by now, right?My aunt is someone who inspired me to start taking pictures. She has dabbled in the arts, but they've taken a back seat in her life. I've taken over the role as a family photographer now. I got my beginning inspiration from her.I stay inspired by looking at other people's artwork to getting ideas from them and implementing them into my work. Sometimes a certain song will put a scene in my head that I have to bring to life. Thank goodness I have friends that help me bring my vision to life.
We all make mistakes Easton; 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.
Always, always, ALWAYS go over the payment plan. If you shoot the pictures first, then go over the money aspect, you're going to get the short end of the stick. Make sure your client knows how much post-shoot work goes into making the pictures perfect for them, so they know what they're paying for.
Easton, 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 haven't ever had a large overload of clients, but I tend to go by "first come, first served." I don't want to have one client wait four weeks to get their pictures, but the next client waits three days and get their pictures first. Also, having your clients email you things that they're looking for in their pictures can help a lot. That can help you sort out what pictures they would want so you don't waste time editing pictures that won't be used.
Please tell us, Easton, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
My top priority as a photographer is to make my clients happy. That can be tough if there's not very good communication happening. Make sure you both know what the other is thinking. Try to get the best idea of what your client is envisioning so you can make them a lot happier faster. Having to go back and edit things and fix something multiple times is a waste of time and energy, but sometimes it's essential to get everyone happy.
Easton, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
There's a secret photographer trick where you place either a prism or a flower in front of the lens to sneak some more color into the picture. When I was taking my friend's senior pictures, she was very worried about me messing up the shots with the flower in front of the lens. I convinced her to let me do a couple of test shots with it, and when I showed her the results, she asked me to use that flower for the rest of the shoot. Sometimes it takes an example to show someone what little changes can do.
Easton, 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?
One of my proudest moments was when I took baptism pictures for a little girl who lived in my neighbourhood. The shoot was such a blast, and she was such an easy person to photograph. When it came time for the reception after the baptism, the photos I took stood as centrepieces on the tables. I had everyone coming up to me and complimenting my work. That's when I first started to realise that I could do this as a profession of people really like my work this much.
Easton, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Sometimes starting from scratch and being 100% creative can be petrifying. You are the person behind choosing the location and the story the photos will tell. My photography teacher gave us all random objects, and we had to tell a story with them. I was given a box of colored pencils. I had no idea what to do for multiple days. Two days before the assignment was due; I decided to go into a flower patch near my house to see what I could pump out.I ended up holding the pencils next to flower petals and editing the pictures to look like a black and white drawing except for the flower in color as if the colored pencil had just colored it in. It was my favourite assignment by the end of it all.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
I'm still trying to find my way in being successful as a photographer! I would say find ways to get your name out there. Hashtags are your best friend on Instagram. Don't be afraid almost to overdo it with hashtags. You never know which one will get you noticed by the right person.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
It'd be a dream to work with high-end fashion companies. I would love to shoot magazine covers and have my art seen by millions of people.
Photographer: Easton Robinson @photosbyeastie