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Matt Hawthorne is a Dallas based photographer specializing in action sports, fashion, lifestyle, and portraiture. Classically trained in fine art photography using large format cameras and film, he is always pushing his skills in the world of advertising. Shooting action sports, fashion, and large advertising jobs with full studio lighting in and out of studio with a full digital workflow, has lead him to regular work with clients such as Neiman Marcus, JC Penney, & Life Time Fitness.

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When and how did you become interested in Photography?



I was a Radio TV Film major in school, and also a sponsored skateboarder. My sponsors were always asking for images of myself, skating, for promotional purposes; so I asked my dad to show me how to use his old Olympus manual 35mm camera. I would set up the composition on a tripod and have a buddy snap the shot when I was in the air. Eventually, this led to adding a fill flash to illuminate shadows on my face. The next thing I knew, I had four canon flashes on radio slaves and was changing my major to photography.

What gear do you mainly shoot with?



I mainly shoot with the Canon 5D Mark II; but if a job requires larger files, I use the Hasselblad H3. I also have my photo assistants shoot behind the scenes video with another 5d Mark II. Lighting is primarily Profoto gear.

What is your #1 source of inspiration?



Innovation and style; whether that comes from a photograph in a magazine, a trick from a skateboarder on a video, an amazing painting by a new artist, architecture, design, or a fresh take on fashion. I try to get inspired by the things I shoot, rather than by the way someone else shot them.

Many times photographers find themselves with a full schedule of paying gigs, ending up with little time for doing the work they truly love. Do you struggle with finding time for your personal work?



I have been fortunate enough to make a career out of my favorite hobby. My schedule does get crazy, but luckily most the jobs I’m shooting are exactly the type of photography I want to be doing anyway. The jobs I shoot, do provide me with many portfolio images, as every job is shot in a way to do so. With that said, there are always shoots I want to organize for myself and the time just has to be made for them to happen.

What is your all time favorite genre to shoot (portraiture, conceptual, documentary, commercial, etc..)?



I enjoy commercial work the best because I love collaborating with stylist, hair and make up artists and producers; to take the quality of the image a step further than I could achieve myself. Sports photography is probably my favorite, with fashion, trailing close behind. I have a basic love for shooting people.

What is the one thing you feel makes your style or your work unique?



I have a close connection and interest to the skateboarding, urban sports, and street-fashion culture, which helps me understand what is popular and current, in those industries. Clients trust my opinion and direction due to my ability to relate in that way.

if you could photograph anyone, (past/present/future), who would it be and why?



That’s a tough question, but it would have to be either the Beastie Boys, artist Barry McGee, or Sade!

what’s your dream photo field trip?




Shooting fashion in Rome, I visited there a couple years ago, and the textures and architecture are amazing.

what’s your post production process?



I do handle all retouching myself. I feel like there are three steps to an image and all are very important. The conception of an idea, creating the image in camera with lighting and production, and enhancing / retouching in post. The final step in post is crucial, because that is where I can spend time to finesse and complete the exact, final image, I had envisioned in pre production. Every image is different; but most of the time it is just a matter of fine-tuning, enhancing, color treating and cleaning things up. When it gets tricky is when we have to change sky or backgrounds, move models completely from another frame or compositing.

if you had unlimited resources to purchase any type of camera, what would it be and why?




Unlimited Polaroid film for my Polaroid SLR 680, no doubt!

who are your favorite photographers and why?




Well, this list is constantly changing; but Richard Avedon caught my eye first, with his talent in shooting portraits but his fashion and commercial work are amazing as well. My favorite shooters tend to not be commercial shooters, instead I find myself following more fine art shooters, such as: Todd Hido, Sze Tsung Leong, Cedric Delsaux, Julius Shulman, Raymond Meeks, Edward Burtynsky and Chuck Close. Some commercial shooters that inspire me are Carlos Serrao, Steven Lippman, Troyt Coburn, Gray Scott and Tim Tadder. All of these are incredible shooters!

what has been the shining moment of your career thus far? (or, describe your “big break”)



One shoot that has gotten me a lot of attention was for a Dallas shopping center called Mockingbird Station. I’ve done a couple fashion campaigns for them in which they have run several billboards, ads everywhere, and a huge parking garage size billboard, on the freeway. I drive past it on my route to the studio and am amazed at it everyday. It’s pretty cool to see your photograph 6 stories tall, on the freeway!

do you have any tips/tricks or advice for amateur photo nerds who are looking to shoot full time or students who are just starting out?



Assist photographers who shoot what you are interested in and PAY ATTENTION! Don’t get lazy because that’s when you will fall behind. Keep shooting, constantly! Then, once your book is ready, have postcards made and mail them to everyone you know!

what’s the soundtrack to your life and/or your favorite music to listen to while editing?



I always say that my ipod / boombox is the second most important thing to my camera, at a shoot. Music gets everyone in the right mood or to a comfortable place where they can open up and relax in front of the camera. When it’s quiet, everyone feels the tension. On set, I’m a hip hop kinda guy, or at least something with a good beat like RATATAT or M.I.A. that keeps good energy during a shot. While editing, I listen to something more chill, like Local Natives or Milosh.

what’s your favorite hang (when shooting or not)?




My wife and I just bought and fully remodeled a home, so at the moment my favorite hang is at the house, everything there is exactly right! Plus, my wife is about to give birth to our first baby so it’s great spending time with her!

best chow (meal/snack) to get you ready for a shoot? or best way to celebrate a brilliant capture?




Hmm, I don’t eat much during a shoot, I think my adrenaline just keeps me going. But Sunkist is always on set.

will you share with us one of your favorite shots? why is this your fave?





This was shot for Life Time Fitness, from a triathlon triptych. I’m not sure it’s my favorite, I love so many, but this is one I’m really proud of. I tested, freezing action lighting, prior to the shoot, then shot on location with no compositing, had a set with lights in the water and tow-able generators, all within a half day’s production. This shot was incredibly involved and difficult to accomplish, but we nailed it exactly as I’d envisioned! Lots of planning, brainstorming, and testing went into this shot, for sure!

your favorite photo by another photographer?


Are you kidding, that’s a hard one! Well, I’ll have to default to an Avedon photo, from his American West series because these images are what inspired me to push from action skateboarding to studio portraiture, which then led to the commercial look I have now. The Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth was a couple miles from my college, so having these images on display for me to see in person, whenever I wanted, was a huge inspiration. And I love the story behind the “Bee Man”.

has your passion for photography changed at all since turning “pro”?




I wouldn’t say my passion has changed, but expectations for myself change constantly. Also, I always heard from commercial shooters that being a professional photographer is 10% creating imagery and 90% business and production. I can say that’s pretty accurate, but having a good rep and producer can help to make that not so extreme.

do you have a favorite / lucky item of clothing, outfit or uniform that you like to wear when shooting an important assignment or project?



I wouldn’t call it my good luck charm at all, but my ipod / boombox is probably the closest thing to one, I don’t leave the studio without it!

are you a photography nerd or a camera gangsta?



Hmm, I’ll pick Gangsta and leave the “Photography Nerd” title to my digital tech David who keeps me up and running! The Gangsta title also fits cause of the Hip Hop constantly blasting on set!

what’s your sign? (we’re conducting a poll)


I don’t even know, that might say something… August.

who would you like to see interviewed by photopolus next?

Carlos Serrao




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Half Albanian, half Belgian, Sophie Rata grew up in Belgium and started completely devoting herself to photography about two years ago, but it was always part of her life somehow. After finishing school (photography) in 1998 she assisted Marc Lagrange for about a year. that was before digital photography when photographing was still quite an investment. At that time she was experiencing life, traveling and still photographing from time to time. Then all her equipment was stolen and she just stopped shooting for about 2 years. Embarking on a trip to India, she decided to acquire a digital camera …and from that moment on, she slowly but surely developed the passion that for the last 2 years has turned into an obsession. She always had a talent for drawing and found that with the digital revolution she was able to put her entire self into a photograph by editing it exactly the way she wants it to be.

When and how did you become interested in Photography?

i guess subconsciously when i started to realize i could fantasize my own reality through what i see in everyday life. so very soon in life actually..

What gear do you mainly shoot with?

mainly a nikon d700, 85mm 1.4, 50mm 1.5 and sometimes a 24mm 2.8 and a 70-200 2.8

What is your #1 source of inspiration?

Butterflies, i have this obsession with their colors how they always seem to match in every different species of butterflies… so I use that inspiration a lot in my work when it comes to color choices. I have hundreds of pictures and drawings of all different kinds of butterflies at home

Many times photographers find themselves with a full schedule of paying gigs, ending up with little time for doing the work they truly love. Do you struggle with finding time for your personal work?

it depends, sometimes i do sometimes i don’t… but i try to get jobs which allow me to do the kind of work i love most. i try to stay true to what i love instead of doing a lot of commercial jobs to earn more money

What is your all time favorite genre to shoot (portraiture, conceptual, documentary, commercial, etc..)?

whatever i have in mind, which can be every genre i guess creating a certain ambiance is very important to me

What is the one thing you feel makes your style or your work unique?

i really wouldn’t know for sure, but i guess the way i use color and i have a certain soft film-like editing style. also i tend to work with wide open f to get creamy dimensional blurs (hence why i mainly work with prime lenses) when editing i try to give my images kind of an analogue feel to them. I also try to make scenes look as plausible as possible, even when i really tweak colors and such. i love to create something surreal, but in such a way that it looks real, if u get what i mean, as if the world i create really does exist somewhere. I hate when a picture looks totally Photoshopped and fake, like shooting in studio with harsh light and then layering up in landscapes which are obviously fake… it can be done, but few are those manage to get it right in my opinion.
Light is very important!

if you could photograph anyone, (past/present/future), who would it be and why?

amongst my favorite celebrities are: Lily Cole, Juliette Lewis, Scarlett Johansson, Kirsten Dunst, Ania Franziska Plaschg and Audrey Tautou, just to name a few. because of their endless beauty, and outspoken personality. but just actually anyone with that thing that triggers me would do, they really don’t need to be famous at all…

what’s your dream photo field trip?

i will be going on a shooting trip to Dartmoor soon, that’s one of them

if you had unlimited resources to purchase any type of camera, what would it be and why?

hasselblad, because I like the challenge of square framing, the grip and the extreme fine quality of lenses.

who are your favorite photographers?

tim walker for his concepts
eugenio recuenco for the pure beauty, scenery and use of light
sally mann for ambiance, honesty and analogue love
marc lagrange for his perfect technique

do you have any tips/tricks or advice for amateur photo nerds who are looking to shoot full time or students who are just starting out?

show your work as much as you can and shoot and edit as much as you can, always strive to improve your skills. once you stop doing that, it’s over

what’s the soundtrack to your life and/or your favorite music to listen to while editing?

i like listening to piano music a lot but I enjoy many, many styles of music. at the moment I love radical face for editing, I also tend to listen to soundtracks of movies that inspire me and sometimes i put on a great movie or series that i can watch over and over again while editing commercial work

what’s your favorite hang (when shooting or not)?

outside on location

best chow (meal/snack) to get you ready for a shoot? or best way to celebrate a brilliant capture?

a great vegan power meal and a fresh orange-carrot-ginger juice

will you share with us one of your favorite shots?

This is one of my faves because it looks so weird and i love the colors, actually I took this shot while we were cleaning up, i saw her walking with the frame as such and of course asked her for a few more shots. The light was perfect, actually it was dark already… i like shooting in twilight.

your favorite photo by another photographer?

I have many, but here’s one by Sally Mann. I really love how bizarre this whole scene looks with the kid on stilts in the background and the way they are standing there as adults waiting for something…

Candy Cigarette ©Sally Mann

are you a photography nerd or a camera gangsta?

Neither, or a little bit of both

what’s your sign? (we’re conducting a poll)

Gemini

who would you like to see interviewed by photopolus next?

Marc Lagrange




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Currently traveling in between hometown Antwerp (Belgium) and place of study Eindhoven (the Netherlands), I try to make as much time for photography as possible. Not having any photographic education, I build up my own view on photography by looking through books, watching movies, traveling, etc. Sensitivity for colors and light is something I most definitely got from studying design. In my work I try to capture emotions and beauty, mostly the raw and unrefined beauty of a girl.
www.charlotteboeyden.be

When and how did you become interested in Photography?

I’ve always loved looking at photographs and when I was younger I used to collect my favorite images from magazines. But the actual idea of taking photographs myself only came about a year and a half ago. I started following some flickr profiles and they inspired me to try it out myself.

What gear do you mainly shoot with?

Right now it’s basically just a 35mm camera (canon FTB) and a 50mm lens.

What is your #1 source of inspiration?

Girls and their mesmerizing power when they look into a camera.

Many times photographers find themselves with a full schedule of paying gigs, ending up with little time for doing the work they truly love. Do you struggle with finding time for your personal work?

I haven’t done any payed gigs so that makes it quite easy. I’m in the luxury position of being a student with sweetheart parents who pay my rent. But I’m still naive enough to hope that in the future, I will get paid for doing the things I love most.

What is your all time favorite genre to shoot (portraiture, conceptual, documentary, commercial, etc..)?

Fashion, definitely fashion. I’m hoping to broaden my experience in that area in the time to come.

What is the one thing you feel makes your style or your work unique?

I never had a photography course so all I can do is follow my intuition. I judge images with my feeling, and try to find beauty in their flaws.

if you could photograph anyone, (past/present/future), who would it be and why?

These kind of questions really stress me, because I know I will come up with the perfect answer once I pressed the ‘send’ button. But I can tell you that I feel very intrigued by the beauty of boyish looking girls with really long hair.

what’s your dream photo field trip?

I have many, but at the moment I’m a tiny bit obsessed with volcanoes and mountains.

what’s your post production process?

Scanning my images. From time to time I crop an image, brighten it up a bit, or make it black and white. But that’s really it. I try to keep the images as pure and honest as possible, which is also why I prefer analog photography.

if you had unlimited resources to purchase any type of camera, what would it be and why?

I don’t really care so much about the gear, I think I’d just get a good lens.

who are your favorite photographers and why?

I have tons. Mostly young photographers like Jeff Luker, Sophie van der Perre, Lina Scheynius and Wai Lin Tse, but I also really love the work of Mark Borthwick for instance.

what has been the shining moment of your career thus far? (or, describe your “big break”)

I don’t need to shine, as long as I can continue doing what I love most.

do you have any tips/tricks or advice for amateur photo nerds who are looking to shoot full time or students who are just starting out?

I’m sort of one of them, aren’t I? But my tip would be: don’t be a sheep. Follow your own intuition and don’t try to become someone you’re not.

what’s the soundtrack to your life and/or your favorite music to listen to while editing?

Whilst scanning I prefer soft music, I’m always way too energetic and can never wait until I have all the pictures scanned, so I need the music to calm me down.

what’s your favorite hang (when shooting or not)?

Cute little cafés where I can have a coffee and a piece of pie. I hope to own one of those one day.

best chow (meal/snack) to get you ready for a shoot? or best way to celebrate a brilliant capture?

Chafra, which stands for ‘Charlotte and Francois sandwich’. It’s a range of sandwiches my boyfriend and I like to make (for instance ciabatta with salmon, rucola, olive oil, basil and Parmesan cheese) Embarrassing, right? But damn good!

will you share with us one of your favorite shots?


What I like most about this photo is the atmosphere. It’s sweet but then it’s not. It’s intriguing in a way.

how about your favorite photo by another photographer?

The choice is killing me so I’ll just go for the last photo I saved on my computer which is this one by Annemarieke Van Drimmelen:

I love the feeling, the movement, how fragile and temporal it is.

has your passion for photography changed at all since turning “pro”?

I haven’t turned pro but I hope I will one day and I hope it will only make my passion bigger and more genuine.

do you have a favorite / lucky item of clothing, outfit or uniform that you like to wear when shooting an important assignment or project?

No, but I really should get some sort of protection photography outfit. I always want to look nice and dress up but then I come back soaked, dirty or bruised. Often with ruined tights and broken shoes. (I do crazy things to get the right angle)

are you a photography nerd or a camera gangsta?

I’d say I’m a photography noob.

what’s your sign? (we’re conducting a poll)

I’m a capricorn.

who would you like to see interviewed by photopolus next?

Lina Scheynius




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Paige White started her career in 2000 on the streets of San Francisco; photographing portfolios for aspiring models, which led to the opportunity to shoot several different fashion lines for designers in both San Francisco and Los Angeles. Her unique and mysterious styling set her apart from the standard bright lights and white backgrounds so often seen in commercial fashion photography. In 2003 she was asked to show her work at the San Francisco FB and she jumped at the chance to showcase her art. The FB gallery show led to multiple exhibits in the San Francisco area. In 2008 Paige relocated to Dallas Texas where she continued to shoot commercial photography but felt limited and so she decided to return to school, wanting to capture and explore her more artistic side. Since then she has been awarded a scholarship at Collin College, invited to be part of a traveling show and has several upcoming exhibits that will showcase her new work.

www.paigewhite.com

When and how did you become interested in Photography?

I was designing websites for models/actresses in 2000 and they all needed photos for their website. In my ego driving Paige self, I thought, I will go buy a camera and take them myself.. More money for little ole me. So I went out and bought a Nikon F100, having never operated a camera before that, I was really excited to see what I had shot until every roll that I developed came back …Blank. But I persisted, and finally after I made myself somewhat read the manual (something I am not good at) low and behold images started appearing on my film. It was a great day when that happened. My visions of grandeur had begun.

What gear do you mainly shoot with?

I shoot with two different cameras, a Canon EOS1D and Canon EOS 1D Mark III, they are my children and need constant love and attention. If I don’t have my finger on the trigger they will cry out for me until I do… God help me if I ever have children, I’m not sure who would get fed first.

What is your #1 source of inspiration?

It’s strange really, when I’m driving I might see some rundown building or rusty whatever.. and that’s what begins the process in my head.. then the concept .. then the person I want to use for the shot…Most of the time, my vision and final product are not the same… go figure.

Many times photographers find themselves with a full schedule of paying gigs, and end up with little time for doing the work they truly love. Do you struggle with finding time for your personal work?

I feel the proper answer should be yes, I struggle.. but fortunately or unfortunately, I am selfish, if I don’t get to shoot things that inspire me, I get cranky.. I need that creative outlet, it’s a part of me and I stopped ignoring it some time ago. Yes, I have to pay the bills, and yes, I have to take care of my clients. However, I am no good to them if I’m not feeling creative. That is why they hire me.

What is your all time favorite genre to shoot (portraiture, conceptual, commercial, etc..)?

A few years ago, I would have said portraiture and commercial, but now, I am loving me some conceptual…anything dark, moody, run down, falling apart… that’s what gets my juices flowing these days.

What is the one thing you feel makes your style or your work unique?

I don’t know that my style is unique, its all been done before…ah! Maybe that mine is better? (I’m kidding of course)

if you could photograph anyone, (past/present/future), who would it be and why?

My grandfather was a mortician for 30 years. He was a huge man, with a huge personality. Their home was attached to the mortuary with empty caskets lining the walls, I would have loved to document his life, his work, the whole embalming process back then, it would have been gory, disgusting and fascinating all at the same time.

what’s your dream photo field trip?

ooOO…well… lets see….right now it would have to be Haiti or Africa, I’m drawn to very sad circumstances, death, destruction and the feeling of hopelessness. But that could change from hour to hour.

what’s your post production process?

Ahh, you want trade secrets! I’m a Photoshop/illustrator junkie… there, I said it..

if you had unlimited resources to purchase any type of camera, what would it be and why?

I’m easy and don’t ask for much… maybe a Hasselblad with a digital back? Yummy!

Who are your favorite shooters and why?

I’m in love with Gregory Crewdson. His large elaborate cinematic scenes inspire me. How he brings his images to life and the story he allows us to create in our head is exhilarating.

What has been the shining moment of your career thus far? (or, describe your “big break”)

I would have to say I have a few, the first being that I was hired by a large clothing manufacturer in San Francisco to shoot their line which was a huge break… that turned into a 6 year gig. However, my most exciting moment was when I got a phone call from Microsoft, I was like… “I finally made it”. I was jumping all over my office yelling “OMG OMG OMG…!”

editors note: I asked Paige to elaborate on this because I knew you’d wanna know and here’s what she said: “Microsoft called me to cover the NBA All Star Games – shooting the staff and the players when they would come for interviews, it was very exciting…after completing that gig – I have been asked to work for them during the Super Bowl next year..:) Of course I said YES!”

Which shooter would you like to see interviewed by photopol.us next?

Byrd Williams IV – what a story he has to tell, Four generations of photographers. He is an amazing man and inspiring teacher.

http://byrdwilliams.com/

What’s the soundtrack to your life (or …your favorite music to listen to while editing)?

I need something upbeat yet a little funky.. I love hard house, house, hard soul, trash disco. Anything from the 70’s helps me edit for hours …I can listen to Rappers Delight over and over and over again…

What’s your favorite hang (when shooting or not)?

Dive bars, sushi and Thai restaurants – not necessarily in that order. It’s different here in Dallas, in San Francisco there were endless possibilities.. in Dallas it isn’t quite as eclectic as I would like, but I still find the occasional fabulous place where I can relax and just hang.

Best chow to get you ready for a shoot? or best way to celebrate a brilliant capture?

Chili Cheese Coney, easy on the onions and a Cherry Coke from Sonic… that makes me really cheerful. (It’s the little things).

Your favorite photo by another photographer?

George HurrellSimone Simon” 1936 What an unbelievably talented man he was.

Has your passion for photography changed at all since turning “pro”?

If anything it has grown, the endless possibilities, the exciting new clients that allow me to be artistic and still get compensated. That’s the icing on the cake. Not to mention going back to school. Being self taught really limited me on my knowledge, but now I’m learning and discovering new ways to shoot and loving every minute of it.

Do you have a favorite / lucky item of clothing, outfit or uniform that you like to wear when shooting an important assignment or project?

I have this really sad pair of slip on tennis shoes by Ed Hardy… I don’t know if they will make it much longer before I have to bury them… I think I’m already in mourning over the thought. I purchased 3 pairs because I knew this day would come, I should really start breaking them in.

What’s your sign? (we’re conducting a poll)

I was born on the cusp…I’m a Libra/Virgo all the way baybie!

©PaigeWhite

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By Jayna Wallach

Photography is my life, love & pursuit of happiness. It is my art, my career, my hobby, my destiny.

I Am:
a guest of earth.
an artist.
a photographer.
a tenacious music collector.
a book lover.
an NPR supporter.
a history buff.
a weather fanatic.
a respecter of persons.

The name StormulaOne came about from friends as a nickname. I am known as a fast-paced busybody with a natural energy level unmatched. I also grew up loving Formula 1 racing.

-Storm Foster

When and how did you become interested in photography?

I’ve been interested in photography subconsciously since I was very young. As a kid, any book, magazine or otherwise just didn’t seem to matter unless it had pictures, even though I was a very good reader. Thankfully this changed, but as time went on I collected dubious amounts of National Geographics, music magazines, fashion/design mags, etc. and the thought did occur to me that I wanted to become a photographer. But it seemed unattainable- the money, schooling, etc. In addition, I had been struggling with mental illness and alcoholism for most of my twenties. About 3 1/2 years ago I started shooting with a point-&-shoot camera, and fell in love with it and I realized I wasn’t going to stop. I realized that I had to stop drinking and the camera gave me the hope to believe I could do it. That changed everything. Things started to fall into place. I got my first D-SLR. People really started to respond to my photos. I quit my day job of corporate video production & propaganda on Aug. 17th 2007, three days before my 30th birthday and assumed my nickname & pseudonym StormulaOne. Since then photos, photos, photos.

What gear do you mainly use?

Nikon D80
Nikon D300
Nikkor 18-200mm
Nikkor 50mm f/1.4
Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 AI-S (vintage, year unknown)
Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 AF (modern)
Nikkor 18-55mm AF-S f/5.6 (still incredibly useful, especially for sharper edges)
SB-900 strobe w/ Gary Fong diffuser
As I shoot mostly available light, all other lighting and equipment is rented from Light Tec & Dallas Camera respectively.

Many times photographers find themselves with a full schedule of paying gigs, and end up with little time for doing the work they truly love. Do you struggle with finding time for your personal work?

In an attempt both in focus & direction I have generally merged the two. Being fortunate enough to do so has given me a lot of freedom. With that freedom I also bear a great deal of responsibility. As an artist my first and foremost responsibility is creating art & I’ve been lucky that I’ve been able to focus on becoming an artist commercially versus becoming a commercial photographer. I’ve been gearing myself commercially towards modeling portfolios & fashion photography. Photography has taken a consuming grip on my soul though and it is often a struggle for me to take time away from my work.

What inspires you?

My inspiration is really broad in scope, like a Ginsberg travel poem. There are a lot of allusions & references in my photos to various influences, inspirations, etc. Things that often strike me as obvious I’ve come to figure out aren’t quite as obvious to other people so there’s definitely a certain ambiguity in my photos. I deeply owe a lot of my inspiration to album covers. I’m a music collector and a lot of my time outside of photography, which is usually only short breaks of temporary distraction, is spent endlessly digging in the crates. Other than that everything under the sun is fair game.

What is your favorite genre?

My favorite genre and overall direction is fashion/feminine art. Due to my primarily female populated background (strong mother, three sisters & a long list of female friends), I’ve found a niche in being good with women. At first it seemed cliche, despite my passion for fashion, but a greater meaning arose shooting women when I started getting feedback on how photos would change women’s lives. Several of my muses and fashionistas have become close friends from shooting and they’ve given me a lot of courage, strength, input & support. I became close friends with Bode Helm, Dallas’ best fashion photographer, right after I moved into Southside on Lamar and he’s given me a lot of confidence and insight to pursue fashion. Our friendship is closer than a photographer/assistant relationship so I’m naturally learning just through absorption and hanging out. He’s been a real inspiration to me not only as an artist but also as a man with a true lust for life.

What current projects or shows do you have coming up?

I have a few gallery shows that I’m working on, all kind of independent from one another. I’ve been approached by several gallery owners, so I’m putting together various small collections. One of my current projects is putting together a show for my friend, muse & actress Yana Kolmakova. We’ve been working on some really cool editorial style nudes that were shot in some fairly interesting public places as to be cinematic and show a broad range of her personalities & styles as a model/actress.

What is one thing you feel makes your style or your work unique?

I am a madman. It’s with pure, raw, animalistic passion that I go out and do this day after day. I shoot with nothing else in mind other than capturing exactly what I see or want to see. Also, the range and scope of my photos, coupled with the rate in which I take them takes a serious mental toll at times. I really think that it comes down to the fact that my brain doesn’t operate like most other people’s-literally. I shoot a lot of things subconsciously and I’ve also taught myself to be able to shoot through depression & a whole range of emotions & anxiety. I spent most of the early part of my life trying to make my brain think the way I thought it should and photography has allowed me to stop seeing my brain as defective and start embracing the fact that I have a unique perspective & gift.

If you could photograph anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Scarlett Johansson. She’s seemingly demure but suprisingly & refreshingly headstrong, one of the finest modern day examples of real beauty. She’s also very philanthropic but she’s not afraid to be brutally honest publicly. She’s not a bad singer either…

What is your post production process?

I use various programs but I try to take as good of a shot as I possibly can technically so that the photo can speak more for itself. I use a brand new iMac that has a dedicated 4GB dedicated ram video card which makes dealing with photos in general a lot more efficient. Also, the real secret weapon is the 4 terabyte network data storage system I have. Having shot a little over 200k photos in a little less than 2 1/2 years, space & organization are key elements to my workflow process. My only limitation right now is using Photoshop Elements 6 versus CS4. Though people would argue with me on principle on the almighty reign of CS4, the newest Elements has most of the editing tools you need with a few exceptions. Right now I’m using my own Epson Stylus R2880 to print smaller items and outsourcing bigger enlargements.

What’s your dream photo field trip?

Honestly, I would be quite happy with taking off, maybe starting w/ Europe, and just traveling for 2 years straight. I feel like I need to have a real perspective of the world. I’ve gotten pretty good with dragging my photo equipment through security.

If you had unlimited resources to purchase any type of camera, what would it be and why?

A $40k digitally-backed Hasselblad maybe? Having become immersed in all of this so quickly I’ve done good to learn the cameras that I have. and being an ex-guitar player, I remember guys in guitar shops telling me when I was younger, ”Yeah, you can by that $5k Rickenbacker but this used Epiphone hollow-body will do you fine if you really know how to play…”. The technology of DSLR’s is lunging forward at such a dizzying rate that it’s unrealistic to even fantasize about any of them. My modus operandi requires efficiency and being able to shoot for great lengths of time with speed, agility & reliability so given the possibility that digital frames will soon enough be more and more seamless, you probably won’t catch me collecting Leicas anytime soon. Also, just about everything you’d ever want to use you can generally rent.

Who are your favorite shooters and why?

Helmut Newton- I feel like he kind of opened the door to avant-garde fashion, his mixture of nudes, edginess & atmosphere made quite an impression on the direction of fashion photography.

Gregory Crewdson- His large scale productions are like no other (although there’s a few similar in style) and his finished pieces evoke an eerie atmosphere & tell a story that has a lot of subtext.

Stan Brakhage- Experimentation really moves me. Pushing the envelope, trying new things… you’d think these were attributes that all artists have but I haven’t found that to be true at all. Stan Brakhage exceeds any level of doubt in the authenticity of his experimental films. His use of color and painting on film (8mm & 16mm) along with the various other self created idiosyncrasies create something of a mesmerizing psychedelic dream.

Tell us about a shining moment in your career thus far

Having my first gallery show gave me a lot of courage. A lot people came out & supported me and to have a show so soon after I started shooting was amazing and made me really feel like my hard work was worth it.

Samples of Storm Foster’s Work

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me-park-FBBeing from the younger generation, Sergio Garcia has tackled many things that have taken seasoned photographers years to accomplish, for example, his expertise in Photoshop & Lightroom. Sergio specializes in high fashion, but enjoys shooting glamour, special events & architectural photography as well.

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When and how did you become interested in photography?

I’ve been involved in art my entire life honestly. My scope ranges from paintings to drawings & even sculpting. After testing my ability in a variety of art formats, I decided to venture into photography. I started with a Holga, & to say the truth, I hated it (don’t bash me).

After getting my hands on my first digital camera, a little 7.0 Olympus. I first started shooting my sisters, one of them completley banned me from shooting her. While the other agreed to let me photograph her, at a price of, and I quote; “$100 per photo”. Obviously, I moved on, or I would be homeless at the moment.

What gear do you mainly use?

My Nikon, & occasionally my Blackberry…. What? You can’t blame me, I can’t carry my camera everywhere.

Many times photographers find themselves with a full schedule of paying gigs, and end up with little time for doing the work they truly love. Do you struggle with finding time for your personal work?

Not really, everything I’m doing at the moment I consider “personal work”.
Even when I do work for clients, I still consider it “personal work”. I’m in love with it, no matter if it’s for my use, or my clients use. I’m truly blessed for what I have accomplished at my age.

What inspires you?

My little imagination, I just have crazy ideas flash through my heads 24/7.

It’s always wondering off, while I sleep, eat, and shower. It’s creepy at times.

At times, I also take a little peek in fashion magazine. (i.e: Dansk, Numero, I.D etc)

What is your favorite genre?

Definitely high fashion. This is where all those crazy thoughts of mine come to live! I truly love it because when set with a great team of hair stylist, make up artist etc, I can make it all come to life! It’s a truly special feeling that I can’t describe with words.

The closest I can compare it to, is that feeling you get when you hug your mother. It’s just….”that feeling”.

What is one thing you feel makes your style or your work unique?

I’ve been told my work is fresh & innovated. Coming from the younger generation of photographers myself, I believe I offer a new perspective of “high fashion photography” through my eyes

I love color, I have this bad habit of reviewing my work multiple times, & I know there is something missing, so i just start adding color, and it starts to pop. I’ve heard my work is realistic with a sprinkle of fantasy. I’m just a big rainbow inside.

If you could photograph anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

I would truly love to photograph Giselle Bündchen. Her aura just oozes out high fashion.

What’s your dream photo field trip?

Shooting in Tokyo, Japan. I’m a big city guy here.
All the skyscrapers showing off their presence in the midst of dawn, with their light shows.
It’s such a fairy tell to be surrounded by all these mammoth buildings with lights.

If you had unlimited resources to purchase any type of camera, what would it be and why?

A Hasselblad h3d. Why? For starters, I would love to say: “I shot Giselle with my Hasselblad”. & yes, i would rub it in your face. Haha

Who are your favorite shooters and why?

I have 3 thus far.

1) Markus Klinko, because his work just speaks out to the world. It does not need a introduction. You can just feel the presence. I consider his work very chic & modern.

2) I also have to say Annie Leibovitz. Her work is clean, sophisticated & tasteful. She just has class all around. I believe her work portrays that very clearly.

3) This photographer is a local here in Dallas/Ft.Worth. I have not met her yet, I hope to soon though. I’ve heard great things about her, she seems like the most down to earth person there is. I stare at her work endlessly, her work is very tasteful & I can tell she takes pride in it. She really is “the photographer next door”, she goes by the name of Dixie Dixon.

Sample’s of Sergio Garcia’s Work

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bioDixie Dixon: The Photographer Next Door
Fashion, Lifestyle, Portrait Photographer
Dixie loves to make beautiful photographs.
www.dixiedixon.com

When and how did you become interested in photography?

My dad gave me my first Kodak camera when I was about 4 years old and I have been attached at the hip ever since. Then when my photo made the cover of the yearbook my senior year of high school, thats when I knew it was something I wanted to pursue. I majored in business management in college and spent my weekends and summers shooting anyone that would let me borrow their soul for a few frames. I assisted a world-renowned fashion photographer in London one summer and thats when I fell in love with fashion photography and the idea of creating fantasy within the lens.

What gear do you mainly use?

Nikon, Holga, Polaroid

Many times photographers find themselves with a full schedule of paying gigs, and end up with little time for doing the work they truly love. Do you struggle with finding time for your personal work?

Ha, yes that can be true, but I find myself shooting personal work pretty often. I guess you could say I give up some sleep and socializing to work on personal projects…. I’m a total nerd.

What inspires you?

High fashion magazines, paintings, old movies, and I also find tons of inspiration in simple everyday life and interesting people.

What is your favorite genre?

Fashion work for sure and People in general- thats my passion! I especially love working with a team of inspired individuals towards creating something really spectacular! Fashion photography depicts a state in which romance, love and dreams come to life and as a fashion photographer, you have the power to create anything one’s mind can imagine…I think its that idealism that I enjoy so much… it allows me to express my wild imagination.

Anything coming up, that you want us to know about?

Yes actually, this summer I worked as a feature photographer for a travel show called, “Get Out”. It will air end of September on HD Network. We did live bikini shoots in Miami and Puerto Rico. It was a blast!

What is one thing you feel makes your style or your work unique?

I’ve been told that people find something very captivating about the subject’s eyes in my photographs.

I guess I feel like I truly get to know the people I work with, even if its for a job or client, I like to take time to sit down and make sure everyone is on the same page. Its this connection that drives the shoot, brings out people’s personality, and makes the end result a success.

I’m a huge fan of creating an experience on the shoot- when the team arrives the mood has to feel right, from the music, to the lighting, to the inspiration/story board. This creates an energy flow and creative high on set, I dig that!

If you could photograph anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Oh thats a hard one, um I’d have to say Einstein, because he is pretty much a rockstar and I like his hair, haha!

What’s your dream photo field trip?

Santorini, Greece. I’m sure you’ve seen it in commercials. Its the place with all the little white buildings with blue roofs overlooking the Mediterranean. My grandparents took me there when I was really young and it has always stayed with me….. I would love to go back there as a photographer.

If you had unlimited resources to purchase any type of camera, what would it be and why?

I would love to go medium format, possibly Hasselblad with digital back.

Who are your favorite shooters and why?

Too many to mention but Yu Tsai is my current fave. I love the range of his work, and Patrick Demarchelier with his classic beautiful style.

Sample’s of Dixie Dixon’s Work

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By Teresa Gubbins

Brian Barnaud, R.I.P. July 24, 2009 Brian Barnaud, R.I.P. July 24, 2009 

DALLAS — Dallas photographer Brian Barnaud died unexpectedly on Friday. He was 46.

According to a family friend, Barnaud hadn’t been feeling well and collapsed after taking a shower; family members suspect he had heart failure.

A 1981 graduate of Richardson High School, Barnaud had a successful freelance photography business, specializing in fashion, architecture, and home decor. He established himself at the Dallas Morning News where he covered fashion through the 80s and 90s. He was also an early habitue of the Deep Ellum music scene in the late ’80s.

He’d recently been very busy on Facebook, and his Facebook page has already become a visitation site for the local fashion community, where he had a reputation for kindness in a field where kindness is unique.

“He such a sweet guy, he never really had an unkind word to say about people, and that’s unusual in the fashion industry,” said Tammy Theis, a stylist and art director who worked with Barnaud for many years at the DMN. “He never dwelled on negative things. He always positive and happy-go-lucky.”

He had an unusually ego-less approach to what he did, said Theis.

“Part of his charm, and the reason he got such great pictures, was he could make fun of himself, he never took himself seriously,” she said. “He’d joke around and the models would be laughing and he’d capture that.”

He was also on the front end of an aesthetic that has since come to rule fashion photography.

“When we started working together, fashion shoots were in a studio and very posed,” Theis said. “But there was this other style starting, what they now call ‘lifestyle,’ where models were being shot outdoors and moving around, being shot from the side, very little makeup, being very real, and that’s what Brian and I started doing.”

One friend, Judy Aldridge, posted a remembrance on her blog, saying, “The Dallas fashion community is small and close knit, and we are all reeling from the news. I can’t say enough kind things about Brian–he was just the dearest person you would ever want to meet.”

He was survived by his mother Beverly Barnaud, and sister Berkeley, two nieces and a nephew.

A memorial service is still being planned for next week.

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