I've always had a creative drive in my life ranging from music to visual communication. I received a formal foundation in photography during high school then went on to serve in the Navy. Following that time period, I engaged in creative writing for marketing companies and quietly practiced my photography habit.
Through my experience in creative writing and photography, I've developed a sense of visual elements that I continue to improve.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Matthew. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I tend to obsess over the work of other photographers quite a bit. It makes me want to do better and shoot more often, but it also makes me more selective about the photos I share.
Matthew, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I feel as though I have climaxed in life and that I feel most alive when I am chasing the next photo I want to create. I get a sudden burst of energy the moment I get some random idea. That's when I must go out and capture the image. Otherwise, it's a waste, and I have done nothing.
Who is your inspiration in life Matthew? How do you keep inspired?
It's weird, but I look at the works of other photographers constantly. Then, I look at my own photos. I know it's not healthy, but it pushes me to be different. That comparison pushes me to do something different each time I take photos because I am afraid of becoming stagnant.
We all make mistakes Matthew, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Photographer , you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I contract as a portrait photographer and part of the job requires us to take photos in public spaces. One time, we had been provided a miserable background from our client. I chose not to make a big stink about it. But, I know those photos could have been better if I had spoken with the client a bit.
Matthew ,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 find the best way to accommodate multiple clients is to be meticulous with requirements and styling prior to the shoot. This allows me and the client to understand how much time is required to accomplish the shoot and prevent overlap. When things get super crazy, I have someone looking over my should to make sure I stick to the script and deliver consistently.
Please tell us Matthew, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
While photographing multiple teams during a sporting event, I found myself unable to shoot every team within the 10 minutes allotted. There are often members who arrive late or less cooperative groups. I found myself waiting for half-time then getting all the players to pose for team photos.
Matthew, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
As a writer, I was assigned to research a method for treating metal. During my research, I found the required materials to be incorrect for the method listed. It took a bit of collaboration, but I was able to show my co-workers what the problem was and correct it before publication.
Matthew 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 to everyone. What is it and why?
While working with CALPIRG, I took a photo of a press event. I've always been really stoked that they published it with their news article.
Matthew, 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 suppose my last shoot for holiday outfits was a bit exciting. I wanted to take a two subject portrait, and I could tell it wasn't going how I wanted it to go. So I to one full body shot. I almost deleted it, but I didn't. I was amazed at how the image flowed. It feels like the best image in the photo set and I was just trying something different.
What advice would you give to the people who wants to be successful as a Photographer?
You don't have to do it alone. It's rare to be a rock star at business and focus on your photography as an art simultaneously. Know your strengths and weaknesses then work with someone who will bring out your best.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I'm a bit of a Converse and Puma fan. Now that's in my head for the next shoot. :) Honestly, I'm always open to collaborate with others. It feels good to stretch the imagination and learn from the perspective of other creatives.
Photographer: Matthew Banks @2f5_club
Model: Stephanie Juarez @Stephanaaynaay
Makeup: Jessa Michelle @Makeoversbyjessa