Ingram Images has been around for about 12 years. Woman as Art focuses on artistic nudity and was started about 3 1/2 years ago. I recently gave it its own website not necessarily to separate it from my other clients, but because it was getting so much attention. I’ve done 4 gallery shows and some benefits featuring those images
Self taught. I took one college class for photography. I got a C.
My parents purchased a Canon AE-1 for me in the late ’70’s and by the time I was 16 I was a kid photojournalist for the daily paper in my small town. I’ve done lots of other things – and still do (see the morning radio thing) but I will always be a photographer.
If you knew someone who wanted to be a photographer, and could give them one piece of important advice, what would that be?
The camera is a tool, and just like a mechanic uses wrenches you need to know it like the back of your hand. But, just like a mechanic – there are so many other things that you need to know even better than that.
Have you ever done a boudoir session yourself, if you are a female (sorry guys 🙂 ? Do you think it’s something that is important for female boudoir photographers to do?
Being a dude I’m not completely qualified to answer (LOL) but I do think it’s important for us as photographers to experience what our clients experience.
How do you feel about the male / female debate regarding boudoir photographers?
Hits pretty close to home. I think either a male or a female photographer can dishonor a client by portraying them poorly in images. Unfortunately there’s also a sinister way that a male photographer can dishonor a client, and I hear of guys who do that. The list of references that I have compiled over the years shields me from that (including a female member of local law enforcement) back me up. I still get called a pervert on social media, but I refuse to allow those small minds to keep me from what I was meant to do.
What do you do to avoid burn-out? Is there ever a time when you just want to throw your camera out the window?
Take time off each week, at least a few hours – where I don’t even turn on the computer. My wife and I like to go for drives and do a bit of hiking and sight-seeing. And I get to pretend to be an iPhone landscape photographer.
What do you love about the business?
The fact that I can change a woman’s life in a matter of about 3 hours. It’s a tremendous responsibility, and I can’t NOT take it seriously.
What do you hate about the business?
I hate the way that people with cameras treat other people with cameras on social media. And that’s why I LOVE being in the AIBP. When I was 16 I was mentored briefly by an ‘early 20’s’ photojournalist at my local paper. 35 years later he still mentors me some, even though he’s traveled all over the world creating images. There’s enough images for everyone to take. There’s enough clients for everyone to have. We don’t have to be mean to one another to prove our skills, and we don’t have to be mean to one other to generate business.
Are you a member of any professional photo organizations like PPA, WPPI? What benefit do you feel you get by being a member?
AIBP of course, and I’m considering PPA at this time.
Do you compete and do you have any opinions on it? AIBP runs contests regularly. Do you participate? If not, is there a reason you don’t?
LOVE the contests 🙂 and I’ve even won a couple of times. I wom 2 daily AIBP and one weekly AIBP, and I was named ‘best of the best’ photographer by the readers of our local newspaper.
This image won the “Inspire Award” at an event called ‘Embrace Your Body’ last year.
More information about that benefit is here:
SOME FUN MORE PERSONAL STUFF:
Chinese. General Tso’s Chicken. But it has to come from a restaurant that sits on a street where the street sign is in Chinese. Clearly you cannot get that in southwest Indiana, so I have to make do with what I can get here for now.
One guilty pleasure in life?
Sports on TV. Any sport. Any time. Any where. Usually on an app on my phone under my monitor while I”m working. And Spotify.
What is your favorite piece of clothing?
HAHAHAHAHAAAAA – Hawaiian Shirts!!!
What’s one song on your playlist?
During a session – Sade. “Your Love is King”
What’s your favorite movie genre? Example?
Is the movie “Airplane” a genre?
Favorite shoes to wear?
Whatever’s comfortable. I usually try to be barefoot during a session.
What are you currently reading?
The Body and Soul book by Susan Pizarro-Eckert – working on that. I’ve also read a book about free speech following the Revolutionary War as well that was interesting.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would that be?
Maho Beach on St Martin. I’m an airplane nut and I’d love to shoot the aircraft landing there – just a few feet over my head.
If you could go back and do over anything in your life, what would that be?
Spend less time in relationships that were holding me back from what I should have been doing all along. I feel at times like I’m years behind where I could be if not for that. But I try not to think that a lot – because who I am now is because of where I have been in my life.
If you could meet and photograph someone famous, who would that be and why?
Living or dead? Marilyn Monroe. She was such a ‘chameleon’ in front of the camera….
What do you struggle with the most in life? (not photo related)
Getting enough sleep.
Are you married, single, have kids, husband? Is life a juggling act for you?
Divorced and remarried. One daughter (21). My raising of kids is now done (LOL). Life is a lot simpler
Who inspires you the most in life? Work?
My clients. They are the ones who take the ‘big risk’ inside their own psyche when they come to see me. And there’s always a payoff for them. It’s validation for what Steven Pressfield says in ‘The War of Art’ – “The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.”
If you could provide one single piece of advice to influence a young person’s direction in life, what would that be?
Remember to learn the ropes – there’s probably a lot more of them than you think there is.