Grant is another 50mm lover but recently he has been using 85mm for more of his fashion shots. For a young photographer he is creating some amazing imagery so I recommend you check out his sites after you’ve read this.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I’m an 18 year old photographer from Arlington, TX. Just graduated high school and will be attending Texas A&M university in the fall to study telecommunication media. I love my family and my goldfish I used to have. My hammock is one of my favorite places in the world and I don’t go anywhere without my Nalgene.
What made you get into photography?
There has always been a sweet connection between me and the camera. I made weird faces as a kid in my elementary school pics to mess with the photographers. I’ve grown up around design and art because my dad is an incredible graphic designer. It really all kicked up my sophomore year of High School in a photo class I took. I fell in love with the work the photographers we were studying. Richard Avedon and his portraits of the American West. The technique, the history, the smell of the darkroom. I’ve with I’ve been blessed to have a ton of photographers stand around and encourage me these past few years.
How did you get started?
I took my mom’s original digital Canon Rebel and started shooting flowers and squirrels. I used the software picasa to do all my edits. Looking back on those days I often question my sanity. From there I started to shoot my friends and family for free, gaining the occasional paid job. Now I shoot a ton of seniors, bridals, and commercial work.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
I’m in a portrait phase right now. People is where my heart is. There is so much room for expression and creativity. I love doing B&W documentary work on the side and hope to travel to Ethiopia in the next year.
What gear are you using?
Canon 5D Mark II – Canon 50mm 1.4 – Canon 85mm 1.8 – Canon 16-35mm 2.8L
I rarely use lights but when I do I use my AB800 with an octabox.
Whats your favorite lens and why?
I love my 50mm..I feel like it’s always permanently affixed to my camera body. But I’ve been shooting a ton with my 85mm lately and I’m loving the focal length for some of the fashion stuff I’ve been doing. It’s super sharp on the color is “raw”..just like this website.
How are you marketing yourself?
My site, facebook, twitter, 500px, and flickr. I also have the occasional business card to hand out.
Whats your favorite photo you have taken?
One of my favorite documentary photographers, Pete Souza, says it best: “My favorite frame is the one I will shoot tomorrow.” I don’t think I could ever pick a favorite image…This is one that I shot the other day though!
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
I’m nowhere near pro. But I’d say to the photographer who wants to get better: Shoot shoot shoot. Get around other photographers and learn from them. Learn how to use light. Study yourself and never be comfortable with where you’re at. I’ve grown the most when I’ve been most dissatisfied with my work.