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I have been a freelance photographer for about two years now, and I love the creative arts universe. I have always loved to draw, paint, and re-create other designs that have been previously made. I was born in Shreveport, Louisiana but grew up in the Bahamas. I moved to Charlotte, North Carolina back in 2012 and currently going on six years here in the Carolinas. I have met a lot of amazing people and have worked with them too. I am a very outgoing and free spirited person, and I love to be social and network with others to achieve my goals.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Noah. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I was raised in Freeport, Grand Bahamas, I have two middle names representing Saint Nicholas as well as being born within December! I have a very interesting personality as I take on challenges every day and meet new people quite often. I am always willing to work with others, and I can make friends easily by socializing.
Noah, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I started getting into photography when my dad gave me his DSLR digital camera. I always loved to take pictures of people as well as people taking pictures of me as I also have wanted to be a professional model and have my face broadcasted and posted on billboards and magazines. I started taking pictures of my family and friends, and people have always told me I had a good eye for a photo, so I decided I wanted to look into photography a bit more. I have a friend here in Charlotte that I met in highschool and he put me on film photography. Film to me comes out a certain way that digital pictures don't process. I find it more unique, and by the way, film captures a picture and takes in the lighting, it just comes out beautiful. It also depends on the certain film you buy as there are all different kinds of film and different film speed rates. I bought my first film camera a thrift store for a dollar, and it lasted me about a good two months before it stopped working properly. I now use an Olympus trip MD3 film camera. Olympus has been known to be one of the best film camera companies ever, and I stuck with its ego and every time I get the film developed it always turns out great. There are better models to some people out there, it's just by preference and all cameras do certain actions that others don't.
Who is your inspiration in life Noah? How do you keep inspired?
My inspiration in photography is a guy named Rey, and he has an Instagram page where he takes portrait film photographs of rap artists in the music field (@reyscorruptedmind). He makes his living by selling prints and being the artist's photographer. He makes really good money doing that as his career and is very self-made and has gone very far to where he is currently at today. I want to be just like Rey and be just as successful as him one day, as I work very hard to do so. I don't make too much money off of it as in many professions; you lose money to make money.
We all make mistakes Noah; 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 have made many mistakes in my pursuing career as a photographer. I one time just ordered a new camera, and when I met up with the models to do the shoot, My camera was not functioning properly, and I forgot my digital camera at home. Therefore, I was not prepared and never got to shoot the models making me waste my time and money.
Noah , 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 contact them to make sure they know exactly what to wear and where to meet for the shoot. I also listen to their ideas to see if it will be a great idea in our current situation. I will take note and if it's feasible, I will take upon their idea and will take action within the time of the shoot. Fashion and photography both take a huge role in making the picture come to life. If it goes with the scenery, the better, the picture will be, not making yourself look odd.
Please tell us, Noah, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
I am usually a "go with the flow" type of guy, but when it comes to putting important tasks at hand, I always make a list of what is the top priority and what is the least important. That way I can get everything done in one go like if I'm running errands, for example, I don't want to come back home or drive the opposite way to this store if I'm going to the other, what I mean is I would go to the store that is the closest and then to the other that is on the way.
Noah, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
One time I do remember my art class back in elementary school was having an art exhibition, and my teacher wanted us to create a painting by whatever we chose. I brainstormed, and then sketched my idea before I started painting and I showed my teacher after class and the past week stayed behind during my recess and would work on my project. She saw I was determined and used my creation as an example in the school's exhibition where all the class grades that took that class would create their creation and the best one would get hung up around campus.
Noah, 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?
The proudest accomplishment I have had as a photographer was when I and my two friends went to a fraternity concert at UNC-Chapel Hill where my friend fern (10 cellphones) and his group performed. I and my two friends got access to stage, and before the show started, we had a photo shoot and got some good shots in. Later that night when the concert started, we all were having a good time, and I vlogged the whole concert and made a clip on Youtube later the next day. I and my friend got recognition and got ourselves and work out there and I couldn't had had a better feeling when others were appreciative of my work.
Noah, 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 able to be creative with my work when I had full control of a shoot. I picked the locations, told the models what kind of outfit to wear to the locations and worked very well with my clients. What was difficult about it was finding the right location. I am always hunting for new spots since I don't want to take pictures where everyone else takes photos. I want to be unique with my work, and I strive every day to be different than other photographers, I want to stand out and be the best I can be.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?*
My advice to those who are hungry to be successful like me is never to give up! There will be times where you will feel like giving up and moving on but always have a positive attitude towards what you do. I would always be prepared, be organized, know what you are doing to accomplish your goals as a photographer, think differently than others, what would make your pictures stand out to make them look unique than others?
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes, I am looking to work with other hip-hop artists. I want to become their photographer and to go on tour with them and become good friends with those artists. Networking is key in that industry, and I could be part of the loop and have my work strive with them.
Caleb Humphreys @syerhpmuhmc