Every now and then a portrait photographers style seems to stand out from the rest. This is the case with Nick’s work, which I spotted on 500px before making the journey over to his website. Enjoy.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I am 30, have a two year old and another on the way. We live in a part of Columbus that is closely knit, which we love. We can walk to church, to the theater and to the coffee shop.
What made you get into photography?
I took art classes all through school and loved it. In my junior year of high school, photography classes became available, so I took that instead. The rest is history.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
Portraits. I love the happy accidents that can happen when working with people. It is much harder to shoot products. It’s all your fault if the shot looks bad.
What gear are you using?
I use a Canon 5DII. As far as lenses go I have a 24-70 f/2.8L, a 70-200 f/4L and an 85 f/1.8. And regarding flashes I have four Canon 430EX Speedlites, a Canon ST-E2 transmitter, a Radiopopper PX transmitter and four Radiopopper PX transceivers.
Whats your favourite lens and why?
The 70-200. It is the sharpest lens that I have. And also one of the lightest (since it is a f/4). The fact that it is a “slower” lens rarely matters since I usually shoot with strobe and so I am around f/6.3 anyway. I use this as my portrait lens. You can shoot at any aperture you want and still have some nice bokeh if you are shooting at 200mm.
How are you marketing yourself?
I tag everything I can. Tumblr is the main thing. Also I have a group page on Facebook which is nice. I also managed to up my presence on organic Google searches which is huge.
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
I have a lot that I like. Here a couple of my recent favourites.
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
Shoot everyday. Walk up to strangers and ask to shoot them. Tag everything you upload. Get a website that isn’t flash. Pick the type of clients you want to shoot for and approach them. Strategically shoot for free if you need to diversify your portfolio. Make sure everyone who knows you knows your work.