Do you have any advice for fellow photographers?
To restate what I’ve already said above, my advice for fellow photographers is simple: Get out and shoot. As much as possible. I’m self-taught and everything I’ve learned over the years has been the result of practice and trial and error (lots and lots of error haha). My best work has come out of repetition, dedication and patience. To quote yet another well-known photographer, Jay Maisel, “If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you. If you’re not out there, you’ll only hear about it.” Further, don’t be afraid to ask for help, guidance, and feedback from those you trust and whose opinions you value – I have a tight-knit circle of photographer friends and we routinely show our work to one another and aren’t afraid to offer constructive criticism for the sake of our craft.
What two Instagrammers are you blown away by right now?
I’d say the two Instagrammers I’m most inspired by at the moment are @chrisburkard and @shainblumphotography. Chris and I went to the same high school and continue to live in the same town. His work speaks for itself and I admire his evocative ability to pair photos and words together to tell compelling stories. Plus, he’s one of the more ambitious and prolific artists out there, which I respect. Michael Shainblum’s images have been eye-popping since the very beginning; his colors and textures are always spot- on, and his astrophotography work is some of the best I’ve ever seen. His time-lapse work certainly isn’t the worst either.
How has Snapwire helped you grow and be more successful as a photographer? What projects have you worked on?
Snapwire has been a great platform in my freelance work. I enjoy the wide variety of challenges/photo requests that myself and other members are invited to take part in – some projects in particular have pushed me a little out of my comfort zone, which has helped me to grow my photographic capabilities in a positive and more well-rounded direction.