1. Production Equipment: Please list the production equipment that you use on a regular basis (eg. Cameras, lenses, flash & lighting, photo editing software).
A pair of Nikon D300s with battery grips. Various Nikon lenses Hasselblad 500CM, Mamiya RZ67, Sinar F 4x5 Lighting: 3 Speedotron 2400ws pack with numerous 102 heads, numerous softboxes, umbrellas and other modifiers. Editing: Adobe Lightroom, Adobe CS3
2. What do you think of photography these days?
It has changed dramatically from the "old days" of film when I was full time. That being said - digital is great. Shoot shoot shoot - the only cost is time!
3. What did you want to be when you were younger?
4. Tell us about the time when you first got started in photography.
I started at the ripe old age of 5 with a 126 Kodak Instamatic. I thought the square frame was cool - even cooler when it was rotated 45°!
5. In your opinion, what does it take to become successful in this industry?
Perseverance and an open mind all while keeping an ear to the ground for current topics
6. What was your biggest challenge coming into this industry?
The transition from film to digital. Film stock from years ago and current digital stock are very different.
7. What are the best perks as a Photographer?
Doing what you love to do.
8. How do you plan for your shooting sessions?
Get a few concepts, jot them down. Get the materials and start shooting. Concepts are loose and therefore, I let things evolve throughout the shooting process.
9. How would you describe your work to first time viewers?
Stock with an artistic edge.
10. Do you shoot to what your heart tells you or do you go through a complex check list in your mind when you produce your work? Describe the feeling/check list.
Both, but primarily checklist.
Subject - will it work?
Composition - play with initial concept (it may evolve).
Lighting - again play with the initial concept, but it may evolve
11. From your experience, what subjects gives you the greatest satisfaction? Any examples?
Food and product in general
12. From your experience, what subjects are the hardest to work with? Any examples?
People - they are late, talk, don't pay attention, complains - "it's too hot", "it's too cold" etc etc.
13. What is your philosophy when it comes to your work?
If it's worth doing - it's worth doing right - but have fun at the same time
14. Describe who/what inspires you, tell us why?
In terms of photography - other photographers - some are terrible which makes me think, "I can do better than that!" and some who are great, which leads me to believe, "Wow! I'm gonna learn how to do that!"
In general terms - my boss for energy and his spur to action, but empowerment at the same time.
15. What do you do when those creative juices just seems to evade you. How do you "get creative"?
I really shouldn't say this but: Pour a big whiskey, turn on some music and peruse stock sites, business sites and news sites.
16. Tell us about a time when inspiration just hits you, and you felt the insatiable urge to create. What did you do with that energy?
Wish I had time right then. Make a note of the creative burst and try to store the energy for later.
17. What have you discovered about yourself through photography?
Photography is a great tool to "get away" but I find myself just concentrating on the photography. After seeing the results of my work I notice that I can create better images than I thought I could in the first place.
18. Whose work do you admire the most? Why?
The late Dean Collins. Love his lighting and his innovative ideas to make things happen. He was a creative photographer and a creative engineer/problem solver at the same time
19. Do you have any advice for those who are just getting in to stock photography?
Stay away from long interviews (just kidding). I am relatively new at digital stock, but from my short experience, keep at it and don't take rejections personally - use then as a tool help move forward.