Our readers would love to get to know you more Frank. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I am predominantly a photographer, but I do work with video and illustrations as well. I studied at the Art Institute of California-San Diego and received my Bachelors in digital photography. I enjoy all aspects of photography, and I'm drawn to how a single moment captured in time, whether abstract or literal, can have such a powerful impact on a viewer intellectually and emotionally. My ultimate goal with my photography is to have that impact.
Frank, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
My passion and aspiration in life are to make great imagery, be it photos, video or illustrations. I started as a photographer in 2011 when I bought my Canon T3i and wanted to take better videos, but I figured I should learn how to take really interesting photos as well. I taught myself through watching Youtube and going to other photo related websites until I went to the Art Institute in 2014.
Who is your inspiration in life Frank? How do you keep inspired?
My inspirations come from my family and friends. They are always there for encouragement and help me get back on my feet when things get rough. Professionally I look up to Nick Nacca, Dan Winters, and Brooke Shaden, to name a few. The images they create and the dedication to their style and craft are amazing. I enjoy looking at their work, and it helps me figure out which directions I should be aiming to go in my career.
We all make mistakes Frank; 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.
The biggest mistake I usually would take back is not being vocal enough in my shoots. There are times that I think I could have gotten a better shot if I had taken the time to either explain myself better or just have said we need more shots.
Frank , 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 would prioritize the biggest project. Once I get everything planned out for that project I can fit all of the other projects in between. It might be a tough few weeks, but it will all be worth it when all of the clients are happy with what they paid for.
Please tell us, Frank, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
This happened more in college than anywhere else so far. I would have to plan everything out for things to get done right the first time. Making sure the studio is booked, knowing what subjects to use as well as proper lighting diagrams before it all happens will help in making sure things run smoothly during the photo shoot.
Frank, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
This doesn't happen a lot but mostly when it's a new client or someone that might not know what all happens behind the scenes. A friend and I had a client that knew what they wanted, but my friend wasn't able to get the lighting just right. I told the client we need to change the lighting a bit to get the look you are going for. After some more talking and showing the client what was going on with the lighting and why they did not see the results they wanted, they finally knew that we were doing the right thing in helping them out. In the end, if you can explain whats wrong and give them a solution the client will trust your judgement.
Frank, 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?
My proudest moment was when I was able to take photos and video of some of our local UFC and Bellator MMA fighters in San Diego. It was great hearing their response to my work and knowing that all of their fans would see it as well.
Frank, 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 I get to be creative in most of my work, be it colour grading, image manipulations, effects or creating different lighting. It's always exciting to me but can be difficult because a lot of times it's experimenting with new things. Sometimes I don't always get the look that I'm going for, but I can use that to learn about what works.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?*
My advice would be never to give up. As cliche as it is, it's something all of us as creatives need to keep in mind. This is one of the harder professions to get into and be successfull at.
Also, learn to filter out criticisms. Some people will hate just because they can. You will learn who is trying to help. Ultimately we create art for ourselves, so who cares what others say.
Now for the best part Frank! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photographer: Frank Sinkular @frank.sinkular.art