I'm often asked by clients, who am I, how did I start doing what I'm doing, and is it possible for me to add more Justin Timberlake to the session playlist? Well folks, prepare to be educated!
Let's get the big one out of the way... No, it is not possible to add more JT to the session playlist, all his material is already included. That's actually a half-truth, I take pride in having a very diverse selection of tunes available for my clients listening pleasure (clients can also bring in their own iPod/CD's/vinyl).
Now a little about me and how I got here. Do you remember that kid who always ran around with camera in hand and was ALWAYS taking pictures? Yeah, I do too. I was creeped out by that kid. I know a lot of my contemporaries grew up doing photography (including my lovely wife), but that was never me. I was always creative, and loved the idea of creating images, but I concentrated my energy on music, and spent most of my adult life as a professional musician. When I went to school to get my graphic design degree, I took a photography class to "help my design work". I borrowed my wife's camera and absolutely hated the first two weeks of class, to the point that I nearly dropped it. At some point early on, it started clicking, and soon after I fell head over heals in love and never looked back. I ended up finishing both programs, but quickly decided that photography was what I was put on this planet to do... OK, perhaps that is overstating it. I was actually put on the Earth to father the two most beautiful children ever created, but I'm pretty sure that this is the career that was meant to feed them.
One of the things that I adore about photography is the way that it mirrors the music industry. Much like a singer-songwriter can move you with just a guitar and their voice, someone can simply shoot in natural light with minimal equipment and convey an emotion. Then there are the artists that tend to resonate with me that build their compositions through many layers- Radiohead, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Prince, and the aforementioned JT. I feel like my style of image making leans toward this aesthetic. I love creating and manipulating the light, building the composition, and then completely tearing it all apart and putting it back together in post-production. Sometimes people talk about "rockstar photographers", but to me all the great ones are like stellar music producers. I feel much more in common with Timbaland, Nigel Godrich, or Alan Parsons when I'm creating than I do with a performer.
So there's your first taste of what is going on inside of the head of your new favorite photographer to work with! Check back weekly for more insights, stories on specific shoots, and more!