What is “evergreen content”?
How much is this going to cost?
Here’s something I have come to realize in my ventures as a photographer- you get the product you pay for and knowing value is the battle of all the battles. I put my passion and my creativity into the every job I do
Why can’t I take my own food photos?
I mean you could. We currently live in an iPhone world and the cameras on these phones can outshoot a professional camera from a decade ago. The thing to understand is, these electronics are just tools. Take this analogy- A man can have a hammer, wood, and nails. Together he could use these things to build a house but if he does not know where exactly to place each item he will create a structure that will fall easily. To build a true, sound house the man needs knowledge. No tool without knowledge is useful. This is the same for food photography. You can have the tool but if you do not know how to apply it it will not create the product you desire. Over time, I have acquired that knowledge and I know how to build a well-structured house.
Where are you based out of?
I currently live in Durango, Colorado where I specialize in food photography. I can quickly reach areas in the Southwestern Four Corners area including Telluride, Cortez, Moab, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque. I am also a quick drive to Denver, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City. My current location makes my area of reach extremely versatile. Besides what I can reach by car, I also fly nationally and internationally for jobs.
Do you design menus?
Yes! Food Photography and Menu Designing are similar arts. You are using knowledge of lines, colors, and where the eye goes naturally to make for an intriguing composition that will sell your product for you. A strong menu design design, just like a strong set of photos can persuade the consumer to spend more money.
What equipment do you use?
For my camera, I currently use a Sony A600. Its mirrorless design makes for compact and extremely mobile usage. Its small but packs a punch with 24 megapixels, allowing the images it captures to even be used in billboards. With the body, I use a variety of lenses. For food photography, I use a 30mm f1.4 Stigma lens. Its short focal length and shallow depth of field make for sharp and intriguing photos.
Are you good with photoshop?
I remember crying when I first began to use photoshop because I couldn’t change the size of an image. It has taken working at it every single day for the past 8 months to reach some level of proficiency, something I am quite proud of. Photoshop has endless possibilities and is an incredible tool for commercial photography. I am confident to say, yes I am good with photoshop and have the ability to offer it as one of my services.
What is a PLOG?
A PLOG is a simply P(hoto)LOG. I began it as a way to share the overwhelming amount of content I acquired within my travels and everyday outings with my camera. I now use them as a push to continue creating content and to give my photos a space to exist besides on the unseen folders on my computer.
Did you go to school for photography?
I have not gone to secondary school for photography. Besides a free class on photography at the library the week I bought my camera and the few tutorial videos I have watched online, I am completely self taught in photography and graphic design. I have found experience to be the greatest teacher in my business and I have now reached the point in my art/trade that I can share my knowledge with others through weekend courses.
Do you teach courses?
Yes! Right now I teach courses on my wood transfers, locally in Southwest Colorado, through multiple non-profit organizations. You’ll find my upcoming classes “here”.
Do you teach online courses?
Not yet, but I intend to offer youtube tutorial videos, and given the response/desire from the audience I will absolutely do online course centering around commercial photography, creative photography, and wood transfers.
How did you begin photography?
Beginning photography was a simple desire. I was craving some form of creative expression. I bought my camera and a piano at the same time. One came naturally and well the other? Let’s just say I had an eye for composition not an ear for it. So photography stuck. I found myself out with my camera any chance I could get. It was therapeutic for me, a way to connect with myself. I remember how excited I was the day I learned to shoot in manual. There were bees in a lavender bush and I wanted to capture them. So I had to adjust my shutter speed and from there I had to adjust my aperture and, once I integrated that, a whole new world that I was in control of opened to me. Then I sold all of the “belongings” and went on a trip to Central America. What I had left, fit on my back. It was on that trip that I truly became a photographer, not just someone with a camera. I woke up early to catch the light, stayed up late to go through my content, woke up in the morning to do it all over. I was passionate. I was driven. I knew photography was what I wanted to do with my life.
Why did you begin food photography?
I began food photography first with the idea of solely shooting kitchens. Coming from a background in restaurants and an absolute love/respect for the art, I had a project in mind that brought to light the operation “behind the curtain”. So often we consume our food and we have very little knowledge of the effort, dedication, and creativity that goes into the plate. I began going into kitchens on my own free time, connecting with the owners, and shooting the kitchen’s process. The first being in Belize. This gave me content. This gave me experience. I realized there was a strong market for food photography and that I actually had a passion towards something highly marketable. So here I am. Making a living doing what I love.
Do you use artificial or natural light?
Both! Honestly, I prefer to work with what I have which is “natural light”, however that is not always ideal because “natural light” is not a controlled substance. Artificial light is easily controllable and makes
Do you travel for jobs?
I will travel far and wide for a job. Traveling ignites something within mess the ability to travel and work is the best of both worlds.
Do you travel internationally for jobs?
If there’s a plane ticket, I’m there.
Do you sell your photos?
Of course! I sell my printed photos as well as the rights for digital use……
Do you do other types of photography?
I do, in addition to food photography, architectural photography, event photography, and lifestyle photography. Truly anything that gets me time with my camera I’m happy about.
Can you shoot my private event?
Who are your major clients?
How long does a project take?
Do you do consulting?
What is Lifestyle Photography?