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I have always found myself drawn to art: music, photography, movement. I began dancing at the age of ten in Torrington, CT. Idols like Michael Jackson, Will Smith, and those who create for the love of their art inspire me.
I was a featured dancer on Fox Network’s hit show So You Think You Can Dance in seasons 5, 6, and 11. I made it to the top 11 male contestants in season 11. I was featured on ABC’s hit show America’s Got Talent as a dancer.
Within my extensive dance career, my love of photography has only grown. As I have honed my photography skills I work hard to create content that expresses a multitude of emotions. Life is about expression, I shoot to express existence.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Erik. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I'm a dancer that is well verse in many genres so I use that training to my advantage with photography
Erik, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
Creating art of any kind is my passion. I enjoy creating content that forces the observer to look at subjects in a different way. I started as a photographer because as a dancer I needed headshots for auditions but couldn't afford to keep updating my photos every time I changed my look. So I bought my first DSLR, #Selfie
Who is your inspiration in life Erik? How do you keep inspired?
My inspirations in life are closed minded people. I myself am a very open minded person so when I come across a close minded person it can make things very frustrating. As use that as inspiration for my next creation. I think to myself "How can I get them to see things differently without having some long boring explanation.
We all make mistakes Erik, 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.
I still consider myself somewhat new in the world of photography so I have yet to come across a confrontation I feel I should've handled differently.
Erik ,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?
Again, being so new to this I've never had more than a handful of clients at a time so I haven't run into that problem yet. I'd hope to do so soon though.
Please tell us Erik, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
The most strategic time I've had must be the time I had a photoshoot inside a hotel in the vending machine corridor. The weather was not permitting outside and the light inside the hotel was very dark. The vending machines were the only sufficient light to take a photo.
Erik, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
Typically my work is teaching dance to children and teens so there's not really much persuasion need. I tell them what to do and they do it.
Erik 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?
My proudest moment as a photographer was being able to shoot all of my dance company members' headshots myself. I was able to create the exact look I wanted and I have no one to thank except myself.
Erik, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
One time I was able to get creative with my work was in an improvisation dance class that I was instructing. In preparation for the class I took pictures of many different things; people, inanimate objects, scenery, etc. During the class I showed one student a picture and asked them to interpret what they saw into dance as the other students had to guess what it was a picture of.
What advice would you give to the people who wants to be successful as a Photographer?*
Advice I would give to any photographer is to follow their passion. Take pictures of what YOU want and edit the way YOU think the picture should look regardless of what the social norm is.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I'm definitely interested in collaborating with other brands and creatives. I'm looking for anyone who's willing to step outside the box of normal
Now for the best part Erik! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photographer: Erik "Silky" Moore Silkythedancer@live.com