I attended San Antonio College where I studied photography and got my degree in Arts. I have mainly worked for the government, in my free time I was finding new things and new ways to better my skills at photography. I started my journey into photography in 2009, mostly self-taught, I did all types of shoots from portraiture to landscape. But it was only until I got in college did I learn to specialize in one type of work. I had the opportunity to work along side some well-experienced photographers where I learned that I wanted to stick with portraiture and boudoir. Since then I've constantly worked to perfect my skills and showcase my artwork to the world.
In 2015 I decided to go public and start Rokit Photography which was dedicated to the art form I'm most passionate about. Since the erection of Rokit, I've had the privilege of working with all types of people to create a vision like no other.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Anthony. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
What I find unique about myself is my creative thought or ways of thinking. It doesn't take much for thought to start brewing and then I have the urge to create what I just thought about. Most times its a success and others, well we won't talk about it. So I would say the way I see things, sorta like the matrix except with more colours than green.
Anthony, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I started back in 2009 with a simple point and shot, after an accident with it and the arrival of my first child. I had to get something that would take some beautiful shots of my daughter. I got a Canon XSI, and it changed everything for me. I would spend hours shooting my daughter learning how to work the settings and lots of youtube which helped give me the basics, but it wasn't until I went to college that I started to learn how to create compositions and manipulate my Canon to create phenomenal pieces of art. I was mainly a hobbyist shooting for fun until people started questioning if I did other work such as weddings and family photos. I had my chance to a few of each, but it wasn't where my passion laid. I had the opportunity to work with a photographer who did nude art and boudoir, and it was then that I knew what I wanted. It's hard to explain why but I was attracted to the way you could create some many emotions from something so simple. I took off from there and learned this art form and worked tirelessly to get better at it and every time I do I find more reasons why I love what I do.
Who is your inspiration in life Anthony? How do you keep inspired?
I would have to say, my Mother. She was a strong and beautiful woman. I could never find a dull bone in her body. Her positive energy was something beyond this world, and there was nothing that could stop her. She represented fearless in my eyes, and she always taught me to be true to myself and always go after my dreams. When I find things aren't going as planned I think back at the words my mother would tell me and I revive myself and get back to it.
We all make mistakes Anthony; 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 haven't had any, most of my mistakes are with myself. It's an internal conflict. I always try to portray a positive image and tend to my clients and colleague with only the best.
Anthony , 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?
Every client is my priority, and I will strive to give all of them 110%!
Please tell us, Anthony, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
It was my last marathon session I had about seven clients lined up, and I was almost at a lost with my MUA. So I found a way to gather all the clients on an overlapping schedule where I was able to get everyone's make-up done and finish my shoot earlier than I was expected to.
Anthony, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I think this situation was more about logic and common sense. An individual was going to take some equipment around a building because he figured it wouldn't fit through a door, But when I suggested that turning it at different angles, it would work. After careful analysis, he found that it would indeed work.
Anthony, 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 think the proudest moment I had was when my mother said she proud of the work I've done and the person I've become. It was a heartfelt moment and something that will always stay in my heart. When I started boudoir photography, I received so much backlash and little support, but I kept on pushing and working to get my name and face out there. After all the hard work people would call my mother to tell the experience, they had would me, and how amazed they were at work I created.
Anthony, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Funny story, one day at work a friend of mine and my old assistant were joking about clowns since the circus was coming to town and they were talking about other non-sense, but they got on the topic about milk, strawberry to be precise, and I opened my brain to something way left the field. Since my friend was pretty athletic, I decide to try my version of "got milk?" The whole session was exciting from the setup to result and I got the chance to watch my friend freeze to death pouring cold milk on him.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Listen to your heart and find your passion, don't be afraid to try something different even when the odds are against you. You'd be surprised at what you're capable of when you open your mind.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Anything that gives me a chance to be creative and have fun
Photographer: Anthony Phillips @rokitphotography