You may have heard of Scott as he recently featured in this photo of the week post. After he commented on his own photo I thought I better get in touch with him. I was lucky that his comment contained a link to his website so as soon as it all loaded up I new I had to see if he was up for the RAW interview.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I was born, raised, and reside in Los Angeles, CA. Being an LA native and playing baseball into high school – for better or worse – I’m a lifelong Dodgers fan. My favorite pastimes – in no particular order – are playing fútbol, road cycling, consuming good food and beer, and hanging out with my girlfriend and her dog.
What made you get into photography?
I picked up photography as a hobby in my late teens, and was fortunate to land my first job at a local camera shop shortly after. While working there, I dabbled with some photo classes at community college, and eventually decided I wanted to do photography full time.
How did you get started?
I initially wanted to go the art school route, but ended up making the decision to just dive right in. Through the wonders of the internet I started making some contacts in the automotive industry, which lead to assisting a few photographers here and there, and that eventually lead to landing jobs myself.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
Since becoming my full time job I’ve mainly been working in the automotive market, in both the commercial and editorial sides. As of lately I’ve also been working on more people/sports based images, but keeping it in the same style as my automotive work. On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, I really love raw, gritty, more documentary style photography. Maybe it’s a backlash to working with lighting all the time?
What gear are you using?
Unless a job dictates otherwise, I currently shoot with Canon digital bodies and Alien Bee lighting. On the computing end, I use a MacBook Pro and 27″ iMac.
Whats your favourite lens and why?
My favorite lens for some time has been Canon’s 24-105 F4L. It’s a great all around lens. Plus, I have no need for anything faster for what I shoot, so it’s an amazing deal for it’s price point. As a matter of fact, all of my L lenses are F4’s.
How are you marketing yourself?
At this rate, it’s been all online for the most part. I dabble with the social media outlets and photo communities (500px, Flickr, etc) as well as more target audience specifics like online sourcebooks, email promos, etc. The debate over digital vs physical promos still seems as subjective as ever, but I’d love to get around to one when the right idea/opportunity comes along.
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
It’s really hard to narrow it down to a favorite photo for me. There are many images I’m attached to for many different reasons. One that pops to mind though is the Hyundai Genesis photo for 0-60 Magazine (R.I.P.!). The only art direction I got was “California Desert.” My assistant and I headed out for the day with no real plans, but everything just seemed to come together. Only used 1 light that was handheld, and mother nature took care of the rest. Granted the image is retouched, it’s not too too far from the out of camera file!
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
Whenever I’m asked this, I like to take photography out of the question. Whatever it is you want to do, make sure it’s because you love it. For 99.9% of people, things don’t come easy. It involves a lot of hard work before play. For every yes, there are 5 no’s. But at the end of the day you keep at it because you love it. And to be able to make a career out of whatever that may be, that’s just the icing on the cake.