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I don't work at an hourly rate. All estimates are determined on a per job basis. This is important since some work requires hair and makeup, added creative fees, and different studio allotments.
I am a portrait photographer at heart. With all of my work, I am looking for moments that illustrate the true nature of my model. I like to find a mood and a character for a model to live in but not a theme. I find this allows for natural, genuine moments that steer away from trends.
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Our readers would love to get to know you more Peter. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I enjoy being able to manage all parts of a shoot and have made a concerted effort to be able to cast models, arrange wardrobe, determine creative direction, light, and edit on my own. I’m at a point now where I feel all of these things are a large part of my photography, and each element allows me to reach the goal I’m after with a particular shoot.
Peter, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
Apart from my family, photography has been my primary passion in life. As a photographer, I hope always to be able to make whatever idea I come up with reality. It's a lot of fun to think of starting out and looking at your progression. It makes every upcoming shoot an opportunity to push a little farther.
Who is your inspiration in life Peter? How do you keep inspired?
My artistic inspiration has always been Prince and Jack Kerouac. Possibly odd choices for a photographer but, to me, they are examples of people that were 100% dedicated to their craft. That dedication leads to a mastery that you can only be appreciative of.
We all make mistakes Peter; 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 am really lucky in that all of my projects are things I decide upon. This lets me have a lot of control over what I am a part of. Apart from working with a makeup artist and a model I don't have added interactions. I try to keep things this way so that I don't have regrets and negative feelings towards photography. For me, photography is an escape and a selfish endeavour. I do things I like and work with people that like the things I do. That way I avoid issues as much as possible.
Peter, 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 only book work in a manner that allows adequate planning and follow up time for editing. This way I can give my full attention to a job at the time of that job.
Please tell us, Peter, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
My top priority as a photographer is the best at what I do. I've always felt the only way to do that is to always focus on continuing education, your current work, and self-evaluation. It was popular a while back to say the only way to learn is to shoot, shoot, shoot. I think without sincerely looking at your work and evaluating what you like and dislike in it there is little chance of improving.
Peter, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
In my photography work, I'm not trying to persuade someone. I like to come up with inspiration images and use those as a starting point for my client and me to come up with something interesting. If I have an idea and try to shoe horn someone into it, then it, won't work. If I have an idea and can improve upon it then I might have something better than I had originally thought.
Peter, 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?
My proudest moment as a photographer was having my work published for the first time. I think that is a common one. It was important to me, with my mindset then, to have someone that didn't know me or care about me like my images. It seemed objective. Even though I don't feel that way anymore about my images, or photography in general, I think it was a meaning moment for me.
Peter, 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 am always planning new ideas and scrapping ideas. I usually have between 5 to 15 concept I spin around and find inspiration for. When I find a model that works with something I've had in mind it then makes it easy to move forward. I think creativity isn't something you do at a given time but more of an ongoing process. Then, as a creative professional, you avoid "blocks", and you can just go and do what you need to do.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Look at the work of others and see what it is you like about it. Evaluate the light in it, the posing, colour, absence of colour, and so on. Save those images, revisit them, get rid of what you don't like anymore and add what you like now. Then, when you shoot, evaluate your work. I find what I like in my work isn't the same thing as what I like in the work of others. Jazz artists can like classical, and rappers can like rock music. The fun thing is how the influences of your likes show up in your work. What you don't like in your work, get rid of. What you do like, do more of. Then keep finding new elements to try.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Primarily I would love to work with clothing and lingerie brands as that fits in with my style.
Now for the best part Peter! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Peter Gunn @1two3shoot