John Anthony Gutierrez
Hi, my name is John Anthony Arcilla-Gutierrez; and that’s the short version. I am a freelance photographer who studied photography and advertising at Columbia College Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. It was in college that I realised that I find joy when photographing people. A model, a businessman or a family sitting for a portrait, or a famous person could be in front of my lens, and I’ll photograph them to the best of my abilities. I’ll photograph them with respect, honour, and dignity. Perhaps the reason I find photographing people so enjoyable is that I am continually learning how to see myself in others. With each person, I photograph there are slight variations in the interactions that are exciting because I see the humanity of each person that connects us all in our individuality.
There is so much that fascinates me that tranquillity is a must, so tranquil is the adjective that I’d use to best describe me, but, don’t confuse that with the idea of me sitting on the sidelines during a photoshoot. I enjoy giving direction to the models, and when they respond beautifully, only the best results are possible. I love seeing people smile because, in my opinion, they are one of the best ways to heal the body, mind, and spirit. We all know each one of us can't help but want to smile when we see another person smiling. I enjoy thinking - A LOT. You might notice that in several of my photographs I tend to have expressions of introspection and wonder. That’s because I believe that thinking is one of the best ways to connect with ourselves.
I am great with lighting and composition; those are two favourites within my photographic toolkit. If I had to select a favourite, it would be composition because that is where learning various ways of seeing starts to be in play. It’s fun. It’s like going into another person's head to view how they see. I also like working in teams because, let’s face it, the best work arises from collaboration. Some of my favourite moments in my photographic career and journey include having my photographs published by The Source Magazine Online and Fox News. Any opportunity to have your images featured should always be welcome.
If anyone would like to work with me, I am currently based in Chicago, Illinois. I am always willing to travel for work and photography, and I often visit California. Please feel free to contact me at john@JohnGutierrezPohotos.com, call me at 818.808.6084, and visit my website, www.JohnGutierrezPhotos.com
Our readers would love to get to know you more John Anthony. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you, your brand or the services you offer?
At 27 years old it's fun thinking about what makes yourself unique because you develop. At this point in my life, I'd have to say what makes me unique is the fact that I like to show the inner-workings of a person that I'm photographing. That's just my way of saying to the world, "Hey world, my mind is still thinking. What have you thought of today?"It is also a way for me to share that I believe we are all creative, artistic, thinking, people with that ability innately within us. It is something that we have from birth. I hope that viewers looking at my portraits or model photographs see that.
John Anthony, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
My passion in life is living for my family. I'll admit that my family is the centre of my world. I hope and aspire to be married, have a wife and child, and all the while working a stable, successful photographic career.
I started photographing for fun as a child, and when the opportunity to take a photography course in high school, while still living in California, came up I jumped for it. Then I to Chicago, IL to pursue an education in photography and advertising. I graduated in 2015 and was already starting on my freelance work. Being a freelance photographer is no small deal. It was difficult and filled with struggles. I knew that I was on the right path when I spent 12 hours photographing Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony during one of their performances.
Who is your inspiration in life John Anthony? How do you stay inspired as Photographer?
There is quite a bit of photographer who has provided much motivation and inspiration. The list could go on and on. I'd rather not single any of them out as a sign of respect to each one of them.
Staying inspired as a photographer is easy. There is always something to look at and explore visually. Besides trying to light something or compose a beautiful photograph, I like to look at the textures of objects, peoples skin, their hair, and the sheen of the lights reflection. I also like to read books and anything that offers insight into the artistic creation, understanding, and thought.
We all make mistakes John Anthony; we wish we could take back. What was the mistake you made in the past that you wish you can take back?
The one mistake that I wish I could take back is thinking that I could do it all on my own. Photography is challenging as a one-person band.
John Anthony, How do you describe yourself regarding working with clients?
I'd describe myself as seriously professional when working with clients. I know sometimes people like to have fun with clients, as do I, but when starting a new professional relationship, I am severely focused and professional.
Please tell us, John Anthony, how do you prioritise work, social life, friends, and family?
Work is always a top priority because without a means to survive, live, and flourish family friends, and social life is tough. I view my work, aside as a joy, as a means to provide, care, and share with my family and friends.
John Anthony, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
Working with an art leasing company, I had to persuade them that intellectual property was just as valuable as a physical object. It took discussion and prior knowledge that logically showed benefits and fairness to both myself and them to finally have them agree with me on the importance of photographic thought.
John Anthony, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer.
My proudest moment as a photographer has to be the first time that I was offered to be paid, have a flight booked, and a hotel room reserved in New York for a client who booked me for photographic work.
John Anthony, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or challenging about it?
There was a time when I was photographing a model at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago's South Loop. It was exciting being in a grand location. Even more exciting was that opportunity to set up lights to emulate a night of a socialite being photographed for publications. The mind-state is something to remember.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?*
The one piece of advice I'd provide to a person who wants to be successful as a photographer would be to reach out to people to collaborate on work continuously. Paid or unpaid, a photographer has to keep photographing.
John A. Gutierrez @JohnAnthonyPhotography