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I studied communication, graphic design, film and photography at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. My skill is in conveying a message through visual media. Every great piece of art tells a story. Through photography, I tell the story of the subject. This story is communicated through their body, their posture, the look in their eyes. I determine what you are trying to say and help your body to express it effectively. This method keeps me from falling into a creative bubble. Each piece of work is versatile and unique to the subject.
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Our readers would love to get to know you more Julian. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I am a spoken-word and hip-hop artists.
Julian, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
Poetry and hip-hop were the precursors to my creativity and thus to my lifestyle. I learned to communicate verbally with emotion and conviction. However, I wanted to learn to do this visually as well. I wanted to know the basics and intricacies of all art, not just spoken art. Music is my first passion which leads me to my latest passion, photography.
Who is your inspiration in life Julian? How do you keep inspired?
My grandmother is the greatest inspiration. She died of Lung cancer in 2011. I want all of my family to live healthy lives. So half of my profit is donated to cancer prevention services. I keep inspired by living for others, not just myself.
We all make mistakes Julian; 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.
My biggest mistake was not being specific enough. I once organised a shoot in which I was too vague with my vision. Communicating something in mind to another individual can be difficult. I wanted each model to wear something that exposed the shoulders, legs and midriff. The color palette was gold, brown and soft orange. However, I only told the models to "wear fall colors and dress sexy". I later realised that Fall colors yield a very broad palette and sexy is subjective. Models came fully clothed in reds, blues, bright yellows and even purple. This was very far from my vision. We had to reschedule the shoot due to my far too general.
Julian, 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?
Shoots that require the most preparation are prioritised. This order has helped me to save time. If the shoot requires more of my time, it is done first before a shoot that requires 20 minutes versus an hour.
Please tell us, Julian, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
I once organised a 14 model shoot. It was to last only 4 hours, so the execution had to be precise and swift. I planned the shots and lightning two weeks ahead of time. Some of the models were not experienced and to compensate I hired a modelling coach to direct poses while I focus on shooting. I also give models a curfew and suggest a diet so that they are energised leading up to the shoot.
Julian, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I learned to be very descriptive during a shoot where the vision sounded vague on paper. Sometimes showing examples or drawing diagrams will help people to see things my way.
Julian, 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 is when I did my first nude shoot. I have honoured that a model felt comfortable enough to bare her entire body in front of me. I spent hours practising my demeanour and social cadence so that any model would feel comfortable and trust my process.
Julian, 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 organised a scene in which a woman was surrounded by flower petals. The most exciting part was using nature as a prop. Actually, in a sense, nature was the model, and the woman was the prop. In post-production, I lowered the vibrancy of the woman so that the flowers were the only objects in full hue.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Develop a demographic. Then use the Law of Attraction to draw them to you. Also, experiment with different techniques and personalities to gauge the style that compliments your vision.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I would like to collaborate on a shoot that pays homage to women.
Now for the best part Julian! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photographer: Julian Lee