I OFTEN FIND MYSELF DRAWN TO CONVEY CONCEPTS OF BEAUTY AND SIMPLICITY.
INSPIRATION IS DRAWN ENTIRELY FROM OTHERS; EVERY MUSICIAN, DANCER, AND CREATIVE TYPE WHO'S WILLING TO SHARE A MOMENT SHAPES THE WAY I SEE MY NEXT IMAGE.
My photographic interests vary wildly. Human faces intrigue me. As does any opportunity to create an abstract image. Global artistic expression has never been greater.
I've been shooting photography since the gift of an iPhone back in 2009 (Thank you, Zach Yates and Family). I bought a point and shoot shortly after and though I didn’t realize it at the time most of my pictures made zero sense. At this point, I knew I liked photography because I always had a camera with me, but that was as far as it went for many years. My junior year of college I decided to take an intro to digital photography and intro to digital editing course for kicks at Austin Community College in Austin, Texas. Classes were led by photographers Jeremy Green and Lance Holt. They were extremely inspirational teachers. These courses changed my life.
I was required to buy a DSLR that shot RAW images, and learn the technical side of photography, as well as digital image processing in Adobe Lightroom. I studied it more ferociously than any of my other academics, staying up until 4 in the morning countless nights reading sites like Kenrockwell, Dpreview, and anything else with an in-depth explanation of some specific aspect of photography. At this point, the camera never left my side, and slowly began the process of dumping every dollar of my savings into what can be the consumer vortex that is digital photography.
Moving forward, I finished what I considered to be my basic training in the medium with an Advanced Lightroom Class, a Photoshop class, and finally a course on Studio Lighting. By no means did I complete what is considered a “Photography Degree”, but I felt it was time for me to leave the academic institution and search for what inspired me all the while learning from my own self-directed hands-on experience. Thank you Jeremy Green, Lance Holt, Frank Curry, Frank Ragan, and Keith Rizzo (sorry for being so difficult Keith).
I was drawn to landscapes initially, then my interests moved on to the Macro world. An opportunity shooting the stars in West Texas by photographer Micheal Sturdevant brought Astrophotography into my life, an experience unlike any other. Never completely satisfied with one type of subject matter, my interests moved on to the challenge of concert photography. This was a perfect harmony of my desire to experience live music but also incorporate photography. Eventually, I found myself worn out after countless late nights with rushed editing practices, and overall not enjoying the Live Music Experience like I once did. Food photography was a brief encounter, as I found the arrangement and lighting of foods to be tedious while also detracting from the cooking and eating experience itself.
It seems that within my personality, there is a part of me that becomes disinterested with an area of life once I fail to feel extremely challenged. Maybe this is innate within all humans.
I have still not found any aspect of photography so challenging as the responsibility of creating a portrait of another humans face. From the infinitely subtle body movements positioning one's face and expression, to the endless lighting possibilities capable of defining, enunciating, or hiding certain features of a humans face. A real human, with real thoughts and insecurities, trusting me for that brief glimpse of time to portray their most intimate, and often most self-conscious aspect of their body. Looking at me, waiting for the next instruction, seeking direction - often clueless of what to do with themselves.
I feel a deep responsibility every time I consider shooting a portrait. Something that originally scared me, made me nervous. But if there is one thing I’ve learned in life - It’s to take your greatest fears head on and use them as an opportunity to grow. I started shooting headshots and portraits of friends in a little mock studio space I built in one of my college living places (Thank you, Zach Bakker, for putting up with me). I became fascinated by the infinite ways to portray the same human head, and just how good you can make someone look once you manipulate the light around them. Soon after discovering my newfound love of photographing faces, I began to shoot black and white street portraiture on a Fuji X100S and have since not found anything more rewarding that the pending mystery and excitement that comes from approaching a stranger and persuading them to want me to take their picture. The inherent awkwardness and tension surrounding an action so simple, but yet so estranged in a society where personal interaction with those you don’t know is often looked at with hesitant pensive curiosity.
At this point in my life, there's nothing I love more than interacting with humans and listening. It seems natural to create a photograph of the speaker. Some odd type of [now] electronic immortalization. How long these digital photographs will last - I’m not sure at all. Probably just a blip in the future of our species.
In terms of photography, you can find me with a point and shoot camera most days romantically exploring the art of walking. One day my photographs will be worth a lot of money.
I started ThePerfectHeadshot.com in 2015, with intentions to create the highest quality headshots for artists, entrepreneurs, business owners, and all others looking to give their gifts to our planet. I realized one's visual online representation is critical in todays age, and this is one way I aim to help others. If you would like step up your personal brand or help a friend or family member succeed in today's society while also supporting me or any of my ventures book a session today.
Outside of photography who knows what I’ll be doing. Likely moving, breathing and smiling.
Ideally a mix of these...
Talking with people,
Listening to Podcasts (Joe Rogan Experience, Duncan Trussel Family Hour, Tim Ferriss),
Riding a motorcycle, bicycle, or horse.
Flying a plane,
Learning how to extend the human lifespan,
Learning the true history of this earth, its humans, space, and its interconnectivity.
Dabbling with new technology,
Listening to great music or
Creating music with friends.
With Love and Light,