Dylan is a fashion photography out of Seattle. From what I can tell Seattle is a place full of photographers is this true? He has some beautiful images and his recent shoot with a Hasselblad shows a style or type of image this is slowly getting lose for the more high def images of today. What do you think of Dylan’s latest Hasselblad photos? Leave a comment below.
Tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Dylan Priest and I am a photographer in Seattle,WA. I have a B.A from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Recently, I have launched a new project called www.notesfromhome.tv that brings musicians to people’s homes for intimate concerts.
What made you get into photography?
I have been into photography since I could first hold a camera. I started out as a kid with disposable cameras and moved my way up the camera scale from there. My love for the craft really took shape in high school where I was able to spend most of my class time in a dark room printing and developing film. Once I figured out that I could make a living from taking photos, I set myself on the path to do just that.
How did you get started?
After college, I jumped right into assisting for as many photographers as I could. I even picked up an internship at a studio. After about 5 years of assisting and shooting, I took the leap to full-time shooting and have been busy finding a good spot for myself in the market.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
Currently, I shoot product and fashion for some of the e-commerce studios here in Seattle. When I am not doing that, I focus my lens on the local music scene and document bands on tour or at music festivals.
What gear are you using?
Most of the time I am using my Canon 5DII, as I have started to shoot more video. I also shoot with a Polaroid Land Camera 250.
Whats your favorite lens and why?
I love my 35mm 1.4L. That lens changed my life. It is so sharp and the quality of the glass makes everything in the photograph pop.
How are you marketing yourself?
I use my blog, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, as well as direct email/mail campaigns, and take as many meetings as I can with clients I want to work for.
Whats your favorite photo you have taken?
There are too many that fall into that category. I recently did some shooting with a Hasselbald and I think I love those shots the most right now.
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
Work everyday. Get up and work. Research who you want to work for and then go after them. Take as many photos as you can. You have to be constantly improving your craft. Also get ready to eat Ramen noodles because you do this job for the love of photography not the money.