Trent please tell us your talent/work rate per hour?
After attaining my Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design, I spent many years in the advertising industry as an Art Director and Photo Art Director. I now shoot for myself, free from the confines of assigned work. I enjoy immersing myself in the surroundings and the spirit/personality of the subject and let the shoot unfold as it should.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Trent. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I'm a musician, artist and photographer. So I approach everything I do regarding presentation. I'm a brain aneurysm survivor, so having been given a second chance, I intend on leaving my mark in the world.
Trent, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I strive daily to create things that will get noticed and hopefully be remembered by those who experience them. I started shooting concerts as a teenager. The energy, colour and sensory overload gripped my soul tightly, and I have followed that muse ever since to capture that which captures my imagination.
Who is your inspiration in life Trent? How do you keep inspired?
I'm inspired by seeing other people's work and surrounding myself with creative people.
We all make mistakes Trent; 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 was PAD on a shoot with a major pop star, and she was a primadonna. I thought I'd let her get it out of her system so that we could salvage the shoot on the back end. In hindsight, I would have approached her about her behaviour right away. We only got half a shoot of good material, and she alienated half the people there by her attitude. I vowed not to let that happen again on one of my shoots.
Trent, 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?
From my agency days, I became adept at making lists and organizing from a logistical and tactical standpoint.
Please tell us, Trent, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
Situations of this kind were pretty common for advertising. Often there were multiple shoots during the day at various locations. It all comes down to very good planning and great communication to make things work smoothly.
Trent, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I was assigned an editorial shoot with a local personality. The Creative Director directed that the shoot is lit and propped in a certain way. Having been familiar with my subject's work and personal style, I envisioned the shoot much differently. On my own time, I propped and lit the set in the way I wanted and used a stand-in to shoot a test. After presenting my fully executed idea to the CD, I was allowed to do the shoot my way.
Trent, 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?
Through a series of connections, I was able to spend the day learning and assisting the great Victor Skrebneski here in Chicago. I think it will forever be a highlight for me.
Trent, 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 have always tried infusing all of my work with creativity. Having no restrictions working on my own allows me to follow my heart and imagination at all times.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Find someone to assist, learn everything you can from them. Shoot as much as possible. Don't miss out on a possible stunning image by not being ready to shoot it.
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 am always interested in working with anyone I can do interesting work with.
Photographer: Trent Jeffries @tjimages