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Dennis Stevens Photography

19 May

Dennis Stevens Photography

Dennis Stevens Photography

18-year-old Dennis Stevens just graduated from his Georgia high school and has moved to Orlando, FL to study at University of Central Florida, but unlike most his age, he’s been playing with cameras since the 5th grade. With the help of his grandfather, he’s been honing his craft and getting better and better equipment over the years. In July of 2014, Dennis met Winter Park, FL Fire Chief James White and was given the chance to hang out around Station 61. The days flew by and upon seeing the resulting images, the Fire Chief gave Dennis an open invitation to capture his dedicated team in action whenever he wished to. Working with those first responders has changed Dennis’ life and has started him on the path to acquiring professional clients like Honeywell as well as other clients.

Enjoy a sampling of Dennis’ images of Winter Park Fire Rescue and stay tuned for an interview with the aspiring photographer. Also be sure to visit his sites below to see more of his work.

©2015 Dennis Stevens Photography

Our interview with the talented and driven Dennis Stevens:

How did you get your start with a camera? Anyone influential in putting one in your hand?

Dennis Stevens: I first picked up a camera in the fifth grade after what was essentially a battle with my art teacher who said I wasn’t ready to start photography like the higher grades. The years following that, I slowly progressed. I was comfortable with photographing my friends, and family. It was freshman year that I realized I needed to start forming my own style because my work was going somewhere. Now I am working with giant corporations, so its been a good path so far! My grandfather Craig was really the spark to making all of this happened. He knew from the start that I would be something with my photography, and he hasn’t given up yet. He bought me every camera that I work with, and is always someone to go to when I am in need of advice. 

How long have you been working with the first responders?

DM: I first began working with first responders in July 2014 after my father introduced me to the local fire chief, James White. After meeting with him and showcasing my portfolio, he granted me the opportunity to stay around the firehouse for a few days to photograph his firefighters. The results of those few days were remarkable by his criteria, and he essentially extended to me a permanent invitation to work with the fire department whenever I wished to. 

What kind of impact did seeing them at work have on you?

DM: Working with these firefighters had an unbelievable impact on my life. First and foremost, I started to have a much greater appreciation for the jobs that these men and women have. They dedicate their lives so that others may live. They are forced to make many personal sacrifices such as being away from their family for 1/3 of the year. I have responded with these heroes to fires, auto accidents, life-threatening medical calls, and even scenes where victims passed away. Not many people could work in such an environment. All men are created equal, but then a few become firefighters.

What are some of your short term and long term goals for your photography? 

DM: My dream is to work with amazing agencies and clients and be able to deliver on a national stage. My immediate goals are to network with marketing directors at corporations in hopes of acquiring work. This past December, I was commissioned by Honeywell International for a campaign with first responders. I am moving into the mentality of only creating lifestyle and advertising photography. My ideal clients are companies that I recognize, respect, and use in my everyday life. For example, I would love to shoot a campaign for San Diego based phone case company, LifeProof.

Any favorite cameras?

DM: I photograph with a Canon 5D mark III exclusively, and have fallen in love with the Canon EOS System. I plan to acquire the Canon 5Ds R after it is released as it will allow me to shoot in a more medium format style with my work. I also like walking around with an old Polaroid camera and letting my raw creativity run free.

©2015 Dennis Stevens Photography

Our interview continued:

What’s your most favorite subject to shoot now?

Dennis Stevens: After spending months together, the men and women of the Winter Park Fire Department have become my favorite subjects.

Anything else we should know?

DM: I am eighteen years old. I am completely self-taught. I love what I do, and I dream big and dare to fail.

Visit:

Dennis’ Portfolio
Dennis on Behance
Dennis on Instagram

Contact Dennis for your next shoot. He’s dreaming big.

All images ©2015 Dennis Stevens Photography

Lauren M. Brown Photography

30 May

Lauren M. Brown Photography

Lauren M. Brown is a 30-year-old fashion and life-loving photographer from Los Angeles. She’s also the founder of the photo-filled online fashion publication, fashiongrunge.com where she shoots many of the fashion editorials and art directs the videos. She loves music and natural light and isn’t afraid of exploring L.A. to find interesting places to shoot with her friends and models.

Here’s a sampling of some of our favorite images from Lauren’s portfolio and be sure to stay for an interview with Lauren herself.

Our interview with the talented Lauren M. Brown:

Where are you from and when did you start shooting?

Lauren M. Brown: I was born in Washington, DC and at the age of 18 I moved to NYC for school. I took a basic photography class and really enjoyed it. I started to really love people as subjects, thats what I ended up focusing on for most of my first year. I stayed in NYC  for 8 years then moved to LA. I’ve been living in LA for about 4.5 years now.

How does L.A. inspire you?

LMB: One of the many things about Los Angeles that I love is its diversity. Being from the East Coast I’m used to being around several different cultures in one space. I love how the beach and the East Side of LA are almost like different worlds. It’s great for location scouting.

Do you shoot mostly digital or film?

LMB: I shoot a mix of both but until recently I’ve become obsessed with film again. When I went to school digital photography was in its infancy. It’s been such an advantage to have experience with film and the darkroom.

Any favorite shoots?

LMB: Wow. There are really so many that it’s hard to narrow down one. This past summer I was commissioned to shoot a punk band from South Central called reVolt. It was such a great experience hanging out in their practice space, meeting their families and listening to them rehearse. I was almost a part of their world while shooting them.

Any favorite cameras?

AA: I’ll always love my Mamiya RZ67. It’s like my baby. The many vintage Polaroid cameras I have would come close second.

When did you start FashionGrunge and do you find yourself shooting more or managing more?

LMB: I started FashionGrunge about 5 years ago when I lived in NYC. I manage and write still for FG, but now my shooting has picked up again. I go through phases. At this particular time I’m so inspired, so expect more work from me soon!

Anything I should know about you I haven’t asked?

LMB: Hmm…well aside from being obsessed with photography, I also have the same love and passion for music. It’s so much a part of my daily life that it’s silly. I listen to music about 85% of the day.

Visit:

Lauren’s Portfolio
Lauren on Tumblr
Lauren on Twitter: @_laurenmelanie
Lauren M. Brown Photography on Facebook
Lauren on Instagram

Be sure to contact Lauren to shoot for your next lifestyle, fashion, band shoot or world tour.

©2014 Lauren M. Brown Photography

Sam Li Photography

7 Oct

Sam Li Photography

Sam Li is a 21 year-old, U.K. born photographer and filmmaker living in NYC who photographs strangers and friends alike in an effort to have fun and capture his own fleeting youth. If his light filled images all around New York and beyond don’t inspire you to pick up your camera and go shoot, maybe photography is not your thing.

Here’s a sampling of some of our favorite images from Sam’s portfolio, and look below for a Q&A with the man himself. Enjoy!


Questions and Answers with Sam Li:

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in the small town I was born in Bolton, United Kingdom until I left for New York. I’ve been living here ever since. I did go back and forth a lot during the summer time.

I saw that you have only been a “photographer” since 2012? When did your interest in photography really begin?

I think I grew up in a setting where I was more visual. My dad would always take pictures of our family when we were growing up. When he finally let me look through the viewfinder to take a photograph of my mother and father, I was consumed by a fascination that life existed in this little slot. It brought a calming focus I never felt before. I only recently picked it back up, as for most of my high school days I was more into expressing myself through writing.

Do you have a favorite camera?

Not really. But I would pick digital over film every single time. I believe we live in a time where digital has become the better (dynamic range, low light, cost effective, manipulative) medium. It makes life easier, and the lives of the people I work with easier.)

What’s your most favorite subject to shoot now?

For photography, portraits of people have always been my curiosity. Everybody is different and I love spending time with a stranger and getting to know a little about them. My friend, Max Goodrich, once came onto a shoot with me and said, “I want to get an idea of what I’m going to shoot tomorrow so I won’t be capturing horrible footage.” He said “Sam, I know you like to improvise and not have a plan but I come from a background where you have to plan things out to the bone.” And he’s right. We are both filmmakers and we come from a background where we plan things down to the bone. But I said to him “Max, you know, I can’t help you with that. Because I never really know. I don’t think I’m supposed to. And that’s okay because when I get on set and I meet the client/model, I get the script. Because that person is the story.”

Have you worked with any high profile or notable clients in fashion or editorial yet?

I worked with a few semi-famous models, but no one big. I would love to shoot the model Daria Werbowy (pictured left).

I love her. She has a magical aura to me. It would be my dream to travel with her on a roadtrip for a few weeks across American and just take pictures of everything. The gas station pitstops, the wreckless partying in some motel, lying naked on route 66.

What are some of your short term and long term goals for your photography and filmmaking?

Originally as a short term plan, photography was definitely the gateway for filmmaking for me. I grew up as a writer but no one in their right mind would have given me money to direct my own film. I had to prove that I could show something visually. I did that. But lately, I’ve been starting to believe that photography is a life goal. I’ll be taking photographs for the rest of my life. It is definitely a lifestyle. Where filmmaking is a world of fiction, I interpret photography as a world of reality. My life and photography are very intertwined. It has always been a roller coaster. And all I can do now is just enjoy the ride and share it others before it all ends.

Since your video projects, Masked Paradises and Island of Eyes have yet to release, can we expect similar kind of images like your other photography or are these projects very different?

Photography is real. And I’m a very optimistic person. I like to be a kid. It’s my outlet to inspire people that we should never grow up. That’s why if you look at my photographs they are very happy, and in the sense beautiful. However, it’s a complete 180 degree with filmmaking. My films will be much darker and focus on ideas and stories that photography can’t express.

You mentioned you liked to travel. Where was your favorite place? Where are you itching to go?

I have done most of my shooting around New York. The last place I had a memorable time shooting was Floyd Bennett Field. It’s a half hour drive from the city and it’s an abandoned airstrip where it was a base for World War II planes. They have a long runway strip, a beach, tall grass fields, houses intertwined with plants and trees. I’m dying to just get out of New York City. It’ll happen by next year.

Do you have other interests in photography other than the celebration of youth?

For the last year I’ve tried to tell portrait stories with the sunset as a celebration of youth, but lately i’m much more compelled about what hides under the shadows and darkness. I think if I dig deep enough, I’ll hit the rock bottom of madness and the painful scars that comes with growing up into an adult and out of your dreams.

Be sure to Contact Sam for your next editorial or fashion project. He’s open to travel, so take him somewhere great.

Visit:

Sam’s Portfolio
Sam Li Photography on Facebook
Sam Li on Instagram

All images © 2013 Sam Li Photography

Skateboarder, Photographer, Artist Ed Templeton

29 Aug

Skateboarder, Photographer, Artist Ed Templeton

The talented Ed Templeton lets us in on a little of his story and why he always carries his Leica.


Via APhotoEditor & Leica

Photo Icon Mary Ellen Mark

22 May

Photo Icon Mary Ellen Mark

In their Icon Series, ProFoto sits down to talk with the passionate American photographer Mary Ellen Mark about what it takes to make an iconic image. Mary Ellen is known for her amazing photojournalism, portraiture, and advertising work that’s been seen over the last four decades in publications like LIFE, New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and more. Enjoy learning from a legend!


Via @zarias photoresourcehub

Lynnsey Dunson Photography

11 Apr

Lynnsey Dunson Photography

Lynnsey Dunson is a 25-yr-old self-taught photographer from Colorado whose favorite things are foxes, natural light and film. She frequents the outdoors for many of her portraits which provides an interesting and varied landscape. Enjoy a sampling of Lynnsey’s work below and keep scrolling for an interview.

What made you want to pursue photography?

Lynnsey Dunson: My mother bought me a polaroid camera when I was 7 or 8 and I haven’t stopped taking pictures since. The passion for photography has always been with me. I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that for so long I wanted to be a model, but I couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t enjoying it and what was holding me back. Then I realized that I was in the right industry, just not the right career. So I took my love for photography, starting shooting and suddenly things unfolded and I felt at home behind the camera instead of in front of it.

Did you study photography in school?

LD: I am mostly self-taught. I wanted to go to school for photography but I was learning so much with hands-on experience and learning from interning with other photographers that I put it on the back-burner. Education is incredibly important though, so I recently started studying at a local film school where my emphasis is Cinematography.

Have you always been based in Denver?

LD: I’ve been based in Denver for the last six months. I lived in a small southern Colorado town where we were voted the worst dressed city in America, so you can imagine how fashion was kind of glanced over and looked at as strange. I knew that if I wanted to be successful I would need to live in a bigger city where the industry was blooming and I could get a lot of experience. So I packed up my family and things just fell in place! The environment here is very crazy (20 degrees in the morning and 70 by noon sometimes), but I enjoy it, especially for photography. I shoot mostly outdoors in nature and with the mountains and trees it works perfectly.

What are some of your short term and long term goals for your photography?

LD: Short term I would like to really solidify my branding. I’m mostly a fashion and portraiture photographer, but I also love shooting weddings. I also want to add more conceptual shoots to my portfolio. Long term I’d love to continue to grow as an artist and collaborate with even more people. I would love to have my own show at a gallery, help teach aspiring photographers at workshops, shoot editorials for Nylon & Vogue, and I want to be traveling. It’s really important to me to see the world, and I’d love to document every day of it through my lens.

Who is your ideal client?

LD: Usually, the people I want to work for are those I find intimidating because I’m incredibly inspired by them. I’d love to get an opportunity to take portraits of my favorite musical artists, (i.e. Thom Yorke, Florence, Jesse Lacey, etc) and work for companies who like to take chances and create new ideas. I’d love to work for a few photographers I admire or even just sit down and have some hot tea and talk about their lives and work: Brooke Shaden, Kitty Gallannaugh, Lissy Elle, Clayton Austin, all are amazing and so different from one another and have inspired me greatly.

Do you have few favorite cameras?

LD: I am a sucker for anything film. I love toy cameras, like Dianas and Holgas. And I have quite a beautiful Kodak Retina III that I shoot with constantly that was given to me from a family member. It’s been through all of Europe and WWII. It has a story all of it’s own.

Do you use any film emulation software like VSCO in your image editing?

LD: I just use Photoshop. I have pre-set curves and actions that I’ve built over the years and it’s a matter of trying them out on my images and tweaking them to find the perfect fit. A lot of the time I create new ones because I’m too indecisive and just start from scratch. The one thing I don’t edit are my film images, I like the untouched innocence of them.

What’s your most favorite subject to shoot now?

LD: I love shooting my surroundings. Whether it be a store I’m shopping at or the people I’m having dinner with, I like to document things.

Anything we should know about you that we haven’t asked?

LD: My favorite cookies are oreos, I am obsessed with collecting cameos and miniature erasers shaped like food and I will always prefer shooting with natural light.

Visit Lynnsey Dunson:

Lynnsey’s Portfolio
Lynnsey’s Blog
Lynnsey on Facebook
Lynnsey on Flickr
Lynnsey on Deviantart
Lynnsey on Model Mayhem

Be sure to contact Lynnsey for your next shoot.

Soaking in the Moments
with Chris Burkard

14 Feb

Soaking in the Moments <br />with Chris Burkard

Lonely Leap films tagged along with Surfer magazine Staff photographer Chris Burkard to give us all a glimpse at what inspires Chris to capture images most people can only dream of.

Via clubofthewaves redbullillume

Allister Ann Photography

11 Nov

Allister Ann Photography

Many professional photographers have their hearts set on a career in photography from an early age, not so for the fashion and music-loving photographer Allister Ann. She was pursuing a degree in fashion when photography grabbed her and wouldn’t let go. She’s now made photography her life, always carrying camera with her to capture once in a lifetime moments for amazing artists and musicians around the world (most of whom she now calls friends). Many of those artists live in her hometown of Nashville, TN and have great things to say about her and her work:

When I see Allister’s photos, I feel I am being given a rare glimpse into the life of the subject she has in front of her camera. And, to top it off, she is a gem of a person and such a good friend.
—Bradley Spitzer, photographer

Here’s a sampling of some of our favorite images from Allister Ann’s ever-growing portfolio and keep scrolling for one of our favorite interviews to date:

Our interview with the lovely and talented Allister Ann:

Where are you from and when did you start shooting?

Allister Ann: Born in Phoenix, AZ., but spent most of my life growing up in Denver, CO. School in Los Angeles for almost two years, and then moved to Nashville which has been home for the last couple of years. I started shooting in high school with my dad’s old Pentax. I think it was the curiosity of the unknown and capturing it after I left home that made a camera more of a close friend.

How did you know you wanted to be a professional photographer?

AA: I didn’t. I went to school to become a fashion designer. My photography just kind of evolved and eventually became my favorite art form.

What are some of your short term and long term goals for your photography?

AA: Short term goals are to deepen my knowledge of film + instant photography, cinema, and continually building my body of work. Long term goals are to continue to travel, and hopefully ween myself from shooting digital photography altogether.

Who is your ideal client/ who do you want want to work for that you haven’t?

AA: I feel so fortunate to be working now with Joy & JP, for they are the epitome of the perfect clients; two amazingly beautiful people, inside and out, and close friends as well.You couldn’t ask for anything more ideal then that.

There’s always a list of who I’d like work with, but it’s not just to take a photograph of them, it’s because I admire them, and would like to spend time to get to know them. Bringing my camera out is like sitting across from someone over tea. It becomes a personal interaction, and at the end, hopefully I’ve gained a new friend from it. Karen O, Patti Smith, Emily Haines and Annie Clark are a few ladies I’d love to spend time with. Followed with Johnny Depp, Prince, Jack White, Paul David Hewson and Pearl Jam.

What is it like touring the world with a band like the Civil Wars?

AA: Documenting two individuals living their dream is an incredible adventure, but what makes it so special is that we’ve become a family on a journey together.

It’s more then just a job. Every amazing experience they have, I share with them as well. You can’t help but feel so much pride and joy for them each step of the way. To capture those steps for them within a picture or a video is my goal.

I’d like to think I’m creating a family album that they can look back on years from now that will bring a smile to their face.

How was this gig different than your other jobs?

AA: So different on so many levels. I’ve been with TCWs for seven months now, mostly on a tour bus. It’s an unusual lifestyle. I can only compare it to those long family vacation road trips we went on as kids. Except instead of Disneyland being the ultimate goal, it’s a different Disneyland every night. I love what I do,and we all have so much fun doing it together.

Why did you shoot The Civil Wars tour diary exclusively in black and white?

AA: B&W to me evokes more emotion in an image; simplicity of contrast, starkness, shadows..whatever the combination..somehow tells the story more easily, where color makes it a bit more complicated. B&W to me is classic … timeless, just as their music is.

Where have you been able to travel to in the recent years and what was your favorite?

AA: These past two years I was able to experience Europe for work, and backpacking through Europe two months alone. Cinque Terre, Italy was my favorite. It was life changing in more ways than one … hope to one day go back!

Tell us about your Film Fridays Project.

AA: Film Friday was created for my personal work. I always carry a film camera with me. I love the surprise element of seeing film developed, and the magic that raw film creates. It’s an art form in itself that I want to see continue.

What are some of your favorite cameras?

AA: That’s hard! My recent love is the Mamiya 645. My heart is the Canon AE-1…and everything Polaroid.

We noticed you became a pioneer for Impossible Project, what does that mean for you?

AA: I am so honored to be working with Impossible Project. I’m a huge supporter of keeping film alive and I want to help promote that any way I can.

Do you get to use both film and digital for your clients? Which do you prefer?

AA: I always take the time to do both. Digital is always convienent for instant pleasure, but film ultimately always turns into my favorite frames.

What’s your most favorite subject to shoot now?

AA: It’s never about the subject, it’s all about the components that it takes to try and convey how I want that particular subject to come across. If I captured what I intended to, then that’s my favorite at the moment.

Do you have any advice for up and comers who think they want to make a career of photography?

AA: To me career means making money, but that isn’t what it’s about. My only advice is to always, I mean always, have a camera with you. Talent grows by consistently working at it.

If you’re truly an artist, you do it because you have to. There’s a hole or void in yourself that you crave to fill, and that’s what draws you and compels you to keep at it. If you’re lucky enough to make a living at it, that’s a bonus, but never a necessity, because you’d do it anyway … just because you love it that much.

Visit Allister Ann:

Allister Ann’s Portfolio
Allister Ann’s Blog
Allister Ann on Twitter

Be sure to contact Allister to shoot for your next lifestyle, fashion, band shoot or world tour. She’ll make great images and you’ll probably gain a new friend.

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