So Adam is 16 and your probably already thinking, why is RAW featuring a 16 year old. Well I suggest after reading this you head over to his flickr account and check out his work. I believe photography and more importantly RAW has now age limit, if the work is good then chances are we might learn something from the photographer. Anyway have a read.
Tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Adam Naples. I’m a 16 year old High School Junior, who currently resides in Lancaster, Pa. I’m the biggest nerd you’ll come across. I’m about to obtain rank of Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts, and I’m extremely proud to share that with you. I don’t like to consider myself as someone who’s branded by the loose word “Photographer” because anyone who knows how to use Picnik is considered one now adays’. I just really enjoy taking photographs because I know my friends and clients appreciate it. I’m 6’6, I love pizza, pop-punk, kayaking, geocaching (treasure hunting), and cramming in to vans to go to shows with my best friends.
I feel like I just filled out a dating-website questionnaire. Ladies?
*I’m listening to “The Story So Far – Brevity” on repeat, so I’m trying my hardest to not break my keyboard.
What made you get into photography?
My father is actually a photographer, and I’ve always looked up to him and the images that he can produce. I only took interest to his job and photography my 10th grade year. I took the “Photography 1” elective, and arriving with the same cliché mindset as every other kid there, I became obsessed. The class it’s self was a joke. If you knew what ISO was, you were qualified to teach the class.
How did you get started?
Last summer I helped my dad shoot a wedding in Philadelphia. This was the first time I was properly exposed to what this job accurately entails. I distinctively remember it being one of the worst nights of my life. We walked outside to find our van with a popped tire. Oh yeah, this was 1 A.M in Philadelphia. On top of that, my dad had some food-poison reaction going on (freaky salad), so I was a lone ranger.
Let’s just say I quickly learned how to change a tire, and what better suiting place to do it then on the corner of Gunshot Ave. and Stab-Victim Parkway. That wasn’t funny. Since that night I’ve never looked back, and have always craved more.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
I prefer to do more portrait work, but I constantly find myself on wedding jobs assisting my dad. However, I’m slowly accepting weddings to be my forte (High-five for using the word Forte). The feeling of shooting a wedding is unlike any other. You’re theoretically part of that family for the day, and it is truly something special. This summer I’m hoping that I’m swarmed senior shoots, being in High School and all…
What gear are you using?
Since my dad is a photographer, I’ve always bummed off his gear. Not many kids are privileged enough to use a d700 at will. However this past Fall I purchased a Nikon D7000 and absolutely love it. In my opinion it’s easily the best crop-sensor camera on the market. I’d like to see myself get into a full-frame body next year.
Whats your favourite lens and why?
The Nikkor 50mm 1.4 seems to always be mounted. You’ll hear it from every other natural light enthusiast that there’s nothing like it. This puppy is pretty worn out, and has seen it all. I’m looking into getting the newer “G” replacement.
How are you marketing yourself?
I’m only 16 years old, so a website isn’t essential quite yet. However, I’m always sharing my flickr, which is currently my only “Portfolio”. Then there’s the common one, Facebook. My opinion is no business card or flash-based website with an annoying background song, won’t do as good of a justice as word of mouth. I feel like that was poorly worded, but you get the point.
Whats your favourite photo you have taken? (Attach it)
1.) All time favorite is my brother during the first snow fall of the season. I think this also expresses my true style.
2.) My favorite photo most recently is this shot from my last wedding.
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
My advice to new photographers would be to get experience in the field. I was thrown into a wedding with a flash and d80, and told to go take pictures. I feel like I learned best under pressure, and most of you will as well. Also, the business aspect of this profession is essential. I can’t preach this too heavily because I’m only 16, but I do know that managing you finances, and marketing yourself is key. Lastly and most importantly, you need to shoot for yourself and find your style and niche. Take photos that you want to take. Yes, working with your clients view and sense of direction is important, but they wouldn’t have come to you in the first place if they didn’t already enjoy your style.
Visit Adam Naples – flickr