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I specialize in providing portfolio-quality images for those who are new to the modelling industry, as well as boutique retailers who wish to convey the uniqueness of their fashions by using models who fit the demographics of their potential customers.
Kevin, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as Photographer?
I like to create images that create a "slice of life" impression of the subject that give context in a dynamic space. I prefer to shoot outdoors because the environment is so determinative to how a subject dominates the frame. I began portraiture photography when an acquaintance of mine liked some of my vacation photos and needed pictures for a contest. She was on limited time but thought my talent was sufficient enough for her needs. She did not win, but she was a finalist!
Who is your inspiration in life, Kevin? How do you stay inspired as a Photographer?
History is a constant inspiration for me. As a trained historian with a graduate degree in the subject, I love to see how a fusion of the past with the present can be created. I stay inspired both by the comments of those who appreciate my work as well as the ever-expanding circle of fellow photographers I meet — their work I consider to be a challenge that I must constantly seek to surpass meet-and if possible.
We all make mistakes, Kevin; we wish we could take back. What was the mistake you made in the past that you wish you can take back?
Starting before I truly had a "proper" full-frame camera. My earliest work is passable, but I was captive to so many automatic camera settings that my first pictures seem so lifeless now.
Kevin, How do you describe yourself in terms of working with clients?
A creative collaborator. I get immense satisfaction of proposing a theme and then riffing off the client's ideas about the concept. Too, I'm a big proponent of "engineered spontaneity," finding props and background on the fly to give my models a new interactive focus throughout the shoot.
Please tell us, Kevin, how do you prioritise work, social life, friends, and family?
I've always been task-oriented, and I like to be sure that I have time for leisure and family by working diligently at whatever is at hand until completion. I find that completing a job from start-to-finish in one fluid process gives me the greatest amount of free time in the end. Once I've started something, I like to see it finished without unnecessary delays.
Kevin, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
As someone who has worked in education, I once had an experience where an administrator sought to place sole blame on me for one performance goal but did not wish to recognize me for the attainments of another. This quickly changed when I showed her the hard statistics that buttressed my argument that, as the only instructor for a certain class, I alone must have been responsible for the sizeable uptick in student performance.
Kevin, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer.
I would say having an amateur model who was able to get an oversees modelling contract from an agency based on the strength of the pictures I shot.
Kevin, 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 was shooting in the ghost town of Chloride, Arizona. I wanted to very much go with a mid-century Route 66 vagabond look. The building backgrounds and props that we were able to find were better than anything found on a film set! It truly gave the shoot a "New-Old West" feel.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Experiment, experiment, experiment. Discover the limitations of your equipment. If you have a technical challenge, work around it. Most importantly, once you find your artistic niche, find ways to expand upon it.
Kevin Watson @agendumestphotography