Darwin to begin why don't you tell me how you got into photography.
I grew up always wanting to create memories everywhere I go. I always had a camera on all family trips. I started off with a 110 camera and collected photos all throughout my childhood so photography was always part of my life growing up.
Who were/are you most inspired by?
On the business side, my parents inspire me. They are successful in every venture they start and I want my photography business to be successful just like their businesses.
On the Photography side, I'm inspired by Susan Stripling & Cliff Mautner.
I see on your site that you not only do weddings, but also enjoy event and portrait photography. What was one of your proudest moments as a photographer?
My proudest moment as a photographer was when I first booked my 1st wedding & my 1st destination wedding.
That's very exciting and I'm sure maybe even intimidating at first. But, I've seen your work and it really shows that you love photography.
Tell me a little bit about your style and how you came about it?
I would say my style is photojournalism. Documenting the event in a creative manner and providing couples with beautiful portraits they can share for many generations.
So what are some of your plans for your business for 2014?
I'm looking to continue expanding my business and training a new photographer.
We both know photography wouldn't be as fun without amazing gear. What is your favorite piece of gear and why?
As you know I shoot with Nikon gear. My favorite piece of gear is my 70-200mm f2.8 lens. It is my main go to portrait and event lens. It always gets the job done and is sharp!
What are you most excited about (gear wise) for the near future?
The Nikon D4s. I plan on upgrading soon!
What gear do you find indispensable? An item that is not a camera or lens.
Off Camera flash! Lighting is key!
Earlier you mentioned that you have done some destination weddings. Tell me a little bit about your experience.
Amazing and something id like to get into more! But very tiring and stressing due to all the paperwork needed to
prepared especially in foreign countries. Then, you have to scout out locations and work twice as hard because of challenging environments.
I'm also looking to do some destination weddings and aside from trying to book them it seems like they do require a lot of hard work. But, they also seem extremely rewarding.
Given that there are so many young photographers out there what message do you have for those looking to get into
Don't give up! Aside from taking great pictures work on people skills because they client needs to feel comfortable with you.
So do you have any important short term goals?
I want to book more destination weddings and more local weddings. I want to be in the 40-50 weddings per year range.
I didn't mention it earlier, but I found Darwin a while back doing research via Youtube. He had a great video on recommended Nikon gear for wedding photography. He followed that up with a few more interesting videos. But, he is now more than twice as busy as he was back then.
So, my question is, are you planning on some more videos on your Youtube channel? I enjoyed watching your previous ones.
Yes, hopefully soon. As in a week or two.
Thanks Darwin for taking the time to answer these questions. I wish you the best in this wedding season and hope you can reach those goals you have set for yourself and your business.
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