Dara is a full time student part time pro photographer. I was interested in what he would have to say because his style of photography really appeals to me. He even talks about how he favours a prime over his workhorse 24-70mm.
Tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Dara Lork, I am originally from Cambodia, I moved to America in 2004 and met my lovely wife. I am a part business and full-time student at Tri-Community Photography Program here in Southern California. I am passionate about everything I do (or I don’t do). I love to work hard so I can play hard. I get a buzz when my photography clients are thrilled and when I can inspire even one fellow photographer to create a profitable business.
What made you get into photography?
I never really thought that I had a passion for it until I bought a decent camera. Last 3-4 years ago I bought a used nikon D70 for a trip to my hometown. I took a lot of snapshot style photos. There were a few that had a little bit more thought in them…I really had fun.
When I got back to the states I started to realized that I had a little more for photography and decided to take it seriously.
I’m still trying to find my style and my groove. Always working on it. I don’t go far without my camera any more. I just started my 11 project to push myself to the next level. I eat, sleep and breath with camera next to me. It drives my wife nuts!!!!
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
I do a little bit of everything, right now Im just focusing on a fashion photography.
What gear are you using?
I shoot Canon, Canon 5D mark ll, Canon 85mm f1.L ll, Canon 17-40mm f4L, Canon 24-70mm f2.8L, Canon 35mm f1.4L, Canon 70-200mm F2.8L ll. Flash: AB 800, AB1600, 2 Canon 580 EX ll.
Whats your favourite lens and why?
The 85mm f1.2L is that lens for me. It isn’t the most used lens by any means – the 24-70 f2.8L is the “workhorse” but I just love the “pop” I get from the better pics with the 85mm. It does seem to produce wonderful colour saturation and contrast and the bokeh with wide apertures really does bring the main subject “out” of the picture, Low light situations are obviously its forte
How are you marketing yourself?
I marketed mainly on Facebook
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
It’s a tough question! I photograph differently every single of my shoot, sometimes they all are my fav, but I had to pick these because of the expression and style
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
Work with as many photographers as you can. Make friend with them, ask them questions. There are many wonderful people out there and you’ll never know when and what you gonna learn from them. Stay passionate and humble. Now… get out there and shoot!