Michael, please tell us your talent/work rate per hour?
Fashion/Portrait Photographer $125-$250 per hour
Michael . Tell us ABOUT yourself.
As a highly experienced and talented fashion photographer; I I pride myself on keeping an eye on industry trends, offering expert advice, and producing top quality fashion images. Photography is not a job to me it's a passion. From the runways to the streets of New York I love capturing it all. Creative Concepts, bridal and high fashion just to name a few. I'm capturing moments that last a lifetime and enjoying everything step of the way.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Michael. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
What's unique about me is my creativity. I'm always looking for the new and innovative shoot and projects to do.
Michael, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
Photography is my passion in life. Initially, I started as a landscape photographer. Shooting landmarks in New York like the Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building and Grand Central Station Station just to name a few. Three years ago I was asked to shoot a fashion show at Montclair State University. The show was amazing and changed my prospective on photography forever.
Who is your inspiration in life Michael? How do you keep inspired?
Helmut Newton and Mario Testino are a couple of my photography inspirations. I also get my inspiration from changing trends as well as Fashion Week every February and September.
We all make mistakes Michael; 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.
Well, I remember as a new photographer I was shooting a fashion show and did not know how to get a properly exposed image in low light. I only had my kit lens which was not a fast lens. To make a long story short, almost all of my images were unusable, and I was disappointed and embarrassed.
Michael, 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 use a priority system based on the deadline for the project, number of people needed to complete the project, equipment needed as well as a couple of other factors that vary on a case by case situation.
Please tell us, Michael , about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
I would have to say that was when shooting a designers clothing line on the beach. There were ten models, four makeup artist, and two stylists involved in the shoot and I was the only photographer. I also had my lighting people. Because depending on what you were getting done, i.e. Hair, makeup, wardrobe or getting your picture taken. E was not all in the same location at the same time. That made communication and execution difficult. Which is why I had to be very strategic to meet all my priorities for that project.
Michael, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
That would be the time when I was working with a client who did not want to take a close up shop. She only wanted full body shots. But I explained to her that certain lighting and angles could make her look good. Face towards my lighting and angle her head up and to the side, I took the shot, and she was very pleased. After that she only wanted me to take a couple of full body shots. We spent the bulk of our session shooting headshots.
Michael, 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?
I am a diehard New York Yankees fan. And my proudest moment was when I was able to meet, interview and get several shots of Bernie Williams.
Michael, 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 did a photo shoot with three models in Coney Island in New York in February when it was thirty degrees outside. We sat there at that time and season because we did not want anyone to be on the beach they were unique shots, and we wanted privacy. The temperature and wind made it difficult to shoot.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
My advice would be. Realize becoming a photographer is not as easy as just picking up a camera and shooting. If your will to put the time, research and money into perfecting your craft, it will be more then rewarding for you in the future.
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 looking to collaborate anyone who is in the fashion industry. That includes models, stylist, makeup artist, designers etc
Now for the best part Michael! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photographer: Michael Ivory