I’ve only been shooting boudoir for two years. But I’ve been doing photography professional for around 5 years. Before that, I was breeding high end designer mutation snakes. I also work full time as an Application Engineer for International Sales in a global company.
I am completely self taught. I kind of lean on a few mentors in the industry who were willing to help where they could. I studied everything about my camera first, then lighting, then posing. I’m still working on the posing thing, I feel like an orangutan most days trying to show clients what I have in my mind.
Definitely came later in life. I get bored very easily, and I’ve always been one to try new and exciting things. Photography is one of those things, I can try new things within multiple genres and I’m completely happy.
I shoot boudoir with my wife Jill. She’s amazing and can help me work through my struggles. I shoot boudoir because it truly is the only thing I do where I feel like I’m making a big difference in someone’s life.
If you knew someone who wanted to be a photographer, and could give them one piece of important advice, what would that be?
Shoot, shoot, and when you think you have it, keep shooting. If you find a muse, shoot as much as you can with them. I never feel like I get to shoot enough. But I know the more I shoot, the more I feel in control.
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?
How do you feel about the male / female debate regarding boudoir photographers?
Some women feel more insecure about being in front of a woman vs a man. They often feel that they may be being judged by another woman. Some women are very insecure with their bodies and prefer not to shoot with a man. It’s all in preference and there shouldn’t be a debate really. But I do feel a lot of people (regardless of gender) get into boudoir for the wrong reasons.
What do you do to avoid burn-out? Is there ever a time when you just want to throw your camera out the window?
To avoid burnout, I just shoot different genres. I go over to sports, landscape, or just shoot crazy profile pics for myself. I have been know to create town videos to bring people together too. =) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUkrAqsZTMI
What do you love about the business?
The creativity definitely. every day I hop on Google + and I’m in awe of the creativity that other photographers have. I’m so envious, but I know one day, I’ll be there amongst them.
What do you hate about the business?
Everyone thinks they are a photographer. Everyone.
Are you a member of any professional photo organizations like PPA, WPPI? What benefit do you feel you get by being a member?
I am not. I want to join PPA, I’m just afraid to spend money lol.
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?
I’ve only participated twice in AIBP daily contest. I’m always too nervous to not be good enough to enter. There are some really badass photographers in our group.
SOME FUN MORE PERSONAL STUFF:
Bacon double cheeseburgers
One guilty pleasure in life?
Bacon triple cheeseburgers.
What is your favorite piece of clothing?
My lucky jeans
What’s one song on your playlist?
Wicked Games – The Weekend
What’s your favorite movie genre? Example?
Favorite shoes to wear?
What are you currently reading?
Ahsoka Tano – E.K. Johnston
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would that be?
If you could go back and do over anything in your life, what would that be?
I would never do anything differently. Life happens as a result of action, intended or unintended. I find the results to be learning opportunities which aid in wisdom.
If you could meet and photograph someone famous, who would that be and why?
That’s a good question, I could pick quite a few. But I think it would be Daisy Ridley who played Rey in Star Wars. It’s just the geek in me, but I think it would be kind of cool.
What do you struggle with the most in life? (not photo related)
Saying no to people. My wife says, it’s a necessity that I have not mastered – and I need to.
Are you married, single, have kids, husband? Is life a juggling act for you?
Married for 21 years this coming May. Life is a juggling act for sure. It seems I need the chaos to function, I don’t know what to do with myself when things are calm.
Who inspires you the most in life? Work?
Jen Rozenbaum. I love her courage, I love who she is – unapologetically. She’s heled me through many of my photography hiccups.
If you could provide one single piece of advice to influence a young person’s direction in life, what would that be?
Do whatever you love to do with all your heart. Be happy and fuck whoever tells you not to.