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I started shooting around 1980 with a little Nikon FM that I still have and use. For the most part that has included candid work, photojournalism, landscapes etc., w.ith 99% available light. Around 2010, after a reluctant conversion to digital a few years earlier, I committed myself to learning artificial lighting and became hooked. Now it has become my chief interest, especially in the studio where I have 100% control. I prefer extremely simple backdrops, props and makeup and simply use the light to compose with and to highlight the beauty of my subjects.
Louis, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
Simply documenting beauty is my passion!
Who is your inspiration in life Louis? How do you keep inspired?
I look at art daily and seek to recreate the emotional experience in my photography.
We all make mistakes Louis; 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.
I try extremely hard to be mindful of others feelings and am aware of the sensitivity of artists, especially regarding their work. I have learned to avoid constructive criticism unless sought directly and with models am careful about commenting on physical features in any way except the positive! I want the experience of working with me to be 100% uplifting if at all possible!
Louis, 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?
Clear communication up front about expectations is a must, and then following through on promises, which can be a struggle when life gets hectic. I try to under-promise and over-deliver when at all possible!
Please tell us, Louis, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
Saying no to work when I am getting backed up, no matter how tempting, helps to keep me on schedule!
Louis, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I often have models tell me they don't like something about themselves that I find beautiful and try to capture that beauty and convince them of the perspective of others since we are all too self-critical!
Louis, 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?
Whenever a model's parent tells me they love the way I've captured them, especially when it's glamour or nude work, I know I am doing something right!
Louis, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Whenever something fails (lighting equipment, wardrobe, etc.) and I have to regroup, I welcome the opportunity to make lemonade out of lemons!
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Listen to your clients!
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I welcome anyone who loves my work and can bring something to the table. I am somewhat simple-minded from a creative perspective, so fresh ideas are always amazing!
Louis Reed @louisreedphotography