You know I’m right into shooting into the sun at the moment. I really like the effect and colour it brings to the photo, so it’s fairly easy to understand why I would want to feature Collin. Although he has a look of other styes of work the first two images to display on is website are shot into the sun, and I can say that they are amazing examples of how to do it. Anyway have a read.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a portrait photographer from Minneapolis, currently in transition to NYC. I’m finishing my undergrad in architecture, and as soon as I do this May I will complete my move to NYC. I grew up in a small town but call the city home, and I love to photograph and work with people from all over the world. I’m a big believer in capturing true personalities and living in the moment and I like to inject a sense of realism and timelessness into every project. My friends and family know me as the curious and adventurous type, and I think that lends itself to the approach I take to photography well.
What made you get into photography?
My interest in photography started in 2004 as a way to document and look back on memories and stories from the fun and crazy things my friends and I would do in our teenage years. I was really inspired to just have a way to retell my life story and be able to prove I did something with my life. I thought it was compelling to be able to have little fractions of your life right in front of you, and the ability to show them to anyone interested was exciting.
How did you get started?
My career initially got started in high school, where I tried to sell prints to raise money for a camera…still comical to think about to this day. It wasn’t until a few years later when my “career” really began and I started shooting friends, local bands, and artists in the music industry, which eventually led to working with the occasional record label. My work eventually started to transform a few years later when I really became interested in documenting the people around me and helping to visually tell their story. That has led me to where I am today, traveling and shooting people of all different types. At the end of the day, I couldn’t have gotten this far without the help of all my friends and family.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
I am a photographer of life and people, and do both in the commercial, editorial, and wedding industries. I love traveling and working with new people.
What gear are you using?
I currently shoot with all Canon gear, both film and digital. I also use a couple of compact film cameras, a Yashica t4 and Fuji Natura.
Whats your favourite lens and why?
My favorite lens is either the 35 or 50 L from Canon, and I use both with a lot of my lifestyle and wedding work. Both are versatile and the perfect lenses to story tell with.
How are you marketing yourself?
Marketing through twitter and facebook has been huge for me in the past year, but as I have started to push my work to more commercial and lifestyle brands, I’m in the process of marketing and networking through email campaigns and leave-behinds.
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
I think this is one of the hardest questions for photographers to answer, but here is one recent shot from the campaign I did for Cavalier Essentials back in January. I like it because the feel completely matches that of the brand it was shot for and has a nice controlled but lively feel to it without being too contrived.
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
Be true to your passions and personalities. From the minute we enter school, we’re told to be our own person and be proud of our differences. I think it’s important to identify what those are and how they influence your personal style. It takes a lot of time to do this and to really develop that eye for what you like, but as long as you’re passionate, persistent, and genuine, your work will reflect it and that seemingly never-ending journey to shooting that big job or taking the perfect picture will become that much more enjoyable.