April 22, 2015

Richard’s Photographer Spotlight

 

Look who's in the limelight... it's Pete Halvorsen! Pete is a commercial and travel photographer, mixing his love of photography with his love for humanity and the environment. His breathtaking imagery get's him noticed around the world, with his Instagram feed earning praise from publications including Business Insider, Buzzfeed, Elle Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times. Grab a snack, get comfy, and get to know Pete with us!

Richard: What first sparked your passion for photography?
Pete Halvorsen: While getting my film degree, I became more interested in the still frame and the exciting challenge of telling that story without movement. Like many photographers, the logical next step is to use your dad or granddad's film camera. So, the Minolta SR7 became my weapon of choice; it was already "educated", having traveled with my dad on his tour in Vietnam in 1966. Living in Los Angeles presented me with a target rich environment. Having a background in the entertainment industry made the crossover easier. A number of those relationships turned 
into clients once I started shooting professionally. They were people who already trusted me as a person and now they had a reason to trust me as a photographer.

R: Making the leap from photography as a personal passion to a paying gig is a big one... how did you decide to pursue it as a career?
PH: I was encouraged to pursue photography as a profession by friends who had been in the industry. I respected their opinion and when they said they had faith I could succeed, I believed them. When I started, I remember the first few times I introduced myself as a photographer... it still brings a smile to my face that I do this for a living.
 


R: When you aren’t shooting for clients, what do you LOVE to photograph?
PH: The beach. I was told when starting out, "shoot what you know, what you love". I haven't stopped.
 I also enjoy taking candids of my kids; once you've worked with kids..."difficult" talent on set is easy.

R: How do you find a balance between being creatively fulfilled and being able to pay the bills?
PH: Social media has been a big bonus for me in this area. I feel that mediums like Instagram, Flickr, 500px, etc. allow creative professionals to not only shoot passion projects but have an 
audience for them. It also has blurred the line between that balance; some people in that audience are the same people who will hire you for future jobs..

R: What is your favorite camera?
PH: While I love my Mamiya RZ67, I have to go back to the "Dad Story" and the special feeling of using the same camera your father used. Photography is art 
to me, and the relationship to your tools is an important part of the process.
 


R: What is your favorite type of environment to shoot and why?
PH: Villages in rural areas. There are so many stories to be told, from the young child excited 
to see themselves on your camera display to the old chief who has earned every wrinkle on his face.
 I love the unpredictability of this type of shooting. You throw the game plan out pretty quickly, but it's exciting dealing with all different types of personalities and conditions.

R: What are some of the environmental causes you're involved in?
PH: I've worked with many local initiatives through awareness campaigns. I held a Beach Cleanup in Manhattan Beach, as well as an InstaMeet for Earth Hour. I recently teamed up with Finlandia Vodka shooting content for them and their #4PureWater campaign. I'm a strong supporter of Heal The Bay and pretty much anyone who wants to keep our oceans clean and habitat thriving.

R: Why do you think it's important for photogs to print their work?
PH: Because until we all have the new 40 inch iPhone+++, you can't truly appreciate the image on these tiny screens. There is a historic quality to printing an image, as well, removing the lines of code and pixels which make up the image we see on screen. The feeling of signing
 a print is also a great moment, even if you're just giving it to Mom for her birthday.

R: Do you have any pre-shoot rituals? We wanna know the quirky, weird stuff.
PH: I have about 10 of my favorite images in an album on my phone. They range from landscapes, still life, fashion, and action sports. But, each image is a piece of what inspires me to shoot. I'll take a moment and flip through the images, let that just sink in.

R: Let’s play a game of “Either/Or”! Savory or sweet?
PH: Sweet.
R: Dogs or cats?
PH: Kids.
R: Vintage or modern?
PH: Vintage.
R: Biggie or Tupac?
PH: Tupac.
R: Warm weather or cold weather?
PH: Warm weather.
R: Early bird or night owl?
PH: Night owl.
R: Crossword or Sudoku?
PH: Crossword.
R: Chocolate or vanilla?
PH: Vanilla.
R: Urban or rural?
PH: Rural.
R: Breakfast or dinner?
PH: Dinner.
R: Batman or Superman?
PH: Batman.
R: Historical Non-fiction or SciFi/Fantasy?
PH: Historical Non-Fiction.
R: Comedy or drama?
PH: Drama.
R: Truth or dare?
PH: Truth.
 


R: What song do you listen to to get pumped up?
PH: Roar, by Katy Perry. (This is just between us, right?)

R: If you weren't a photographer, what would you be when you grow up?
PH: 2nd baseman for the World Champion San Franciso Giants.

R: If you were a super hero, what would your super power be?
PH: I would have the power to absorb all the other super heros' powers, leaving me as the ultimate and only super hero in the universe.

R: What is your favorite word, and why?
PH: "Rad". Because it sums up life in one syllable. Also because it sounds cool.

April 16, 2015

Richard’s Photographer Spotlight

Richard is shining the photog spotlight on our friend Valentina Glidden! Val is a wedding & portrait photographer who loves experiencing love, and in turn, capturing it with her camera. Her romantic, elegant style permeates her photography, calligraphy, and life. So, join Richard and take a moment to get to know Val!

Richard: What first sparked your passion for photography?
Valentina Glidden: I actually grew up in a household of photographers, so photography was always part of my everyday life. I grew up around it, I grew up around film, I just never thought of it as my thing. It wasn't until I moved out to California, over four years ago, that I started having a lot of time on my hands and I picked up a camera and I just kind of fell in love with it. I feel like I fought photography my entire life and then it just found its way into my heart.

R: Making the leap from photography as a personal passion to a paying gig is a big one... how did you decide to pursue it as a career?
VG: Well, I'm originally from Colombia; I moved to Florida when I was 12, and then I moved to California for grad school. I was pursuing my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and I was doing photography at the same time. Then, somewhere along the road, I just decided that I really liked photography better than therapy. At the end of school, I basically had to make the decision to go get a job or an internship and start the long process of getting my license or not, and that's when I decided that I didn't want to do it. If there was ever a time that I was going to jump into full-time photography, that was it.
 


R: When you aren’t shooting for clients, what do you LOVE to photograph?
VG: I love to photograph women; that's just my go-to for fun, personal projects. I think there's something really beautiful and delicate about women, and I'm just really drawn to that.

R: How do you find a balance between being creatively fulfilled and being able to pay the bills?
VG: That one is really, really hard, because part of me does love what I do so much that I don't even care about the money that it brings in, but of course I have to make an income. So, it's about always trying to find the balance between doing what I love but also getting paid for it. I think one of the ways I do that is making really smart decisions about raising my pricing and sticking to my guns, even sacrificing some weddings in order to maintain my value... and doing personal projects to stay creative. I have booked clients because they've seen my personal stuff and they love my style, so it has paid off, literally.

R: What is your favorite camera?
VG: Contax 645. I started shooting film in early 2013, and ever since I started shooting film, that has been my go-to camera. I love looking through the viewfinder--it's so clear, so beautiful, the colors are amazing! I love shooting it and I love the results.
 


R: What is your first memory of shooting with film?
VG: My very first memory of film is when I got this little pink camera when I was little. It was a film camera, and I felt like such a pro! Like I knew what I was doing, haha.

R: Why do you continue to shoot film as a professional photographer?
VG: I played around with film when I was little, but I didn't know what I was doing. When I started shooting digital as an adult, it was the logical choice at the time. Then a friend of mine convinced me to try out film. I started playing around with it, and it just happened so fast for me... I was shooting a little bit of film with digital (that's what I was mostly shooting), and when I would get home and look at both, there was just no comparison. I hated digital and I loved film--the feel of it, the color of it, everything was so different. There was no passion for me with digital, but film revived my passion for photography.

R: Why is it important to have continuous communication with your lab(s)?
VG: I'm really lucky that I get to work with you guys in person. From the beginning, I feel like that's one of the reasons I really wanted to work with Richard: I wanted to be able to come to the lab and communicate anything that was going on. I've been in so many groups where people aren't communicating with their labs and they're constantly upset and they're constantly getting things that they don't like, but they never say anything about it. Getting great scans is really about the communication you have with the lab, because how else are they supposed to know what we like? Having a good relationship with the lab helps both parties--it helps me get what I want, and it helps you guys know what I need. I'm sending in weddings, and I need someone reliable because that's a huge responsibility.

R: Do you have any pre-shoot rituals? We wanna know the quirky, weird stuff.
VG: I lay out all the film on the table and count it and recount it and pack it. That's one of my favorite things to do before weddings. I can't have coffee before shoots, because I get shaky. Which sucks, because I love coffee and that's usually the days I need it the most.

R: Let’s play a game of “Either/Or”! Savory or sweet?
VG: Sweet.
R: Dogs or cats?
VG: Dogs.
R: Vintage or modern?
VG: Vintage. But, I hate the word vintage.
R: Warm weather or cold weather?
VG: Warm weather.
R: Early bird or night owl?
VG: Night owl.
R: Crossword or Sudoku?
VG: Sudoku.
R: Chocolate or vanilla?
VG: Vanilla.
R: Urban or rural?
VG: Rural.
R: Breakfast or dinner?
VG: Breakfast for dinner!
R: Batman or Superman?
VG: Superman.
R: Historical Non-fiction or SciFi/Fantasy?
VG: Historical Non-Fiction.
R: Comedy or drama?
VG: Comedy.
R: Truth or dare?
VG: Truth.
 


R: If you weren't a photographer, what would you be when you grow up?
VG: I would probably be a therapist, haha. If I could be anything, I'd be a singer, but I have no musical talent in my genes at all.

R: If you were a super hero, what would your super power be?
VG: Walking through walls.

R: What is your favorite word, and why?
VG: My favorite word is "grace" because of its depth and meaning, and it’s super fun to write in calligraphy.

April 13, 2015

Twice the Nice for Spring

 


What’s nicer than Spring? Flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing, birds are singing! Richard couldn’t let Mother Nature be the only nice one around here, so we’ve got twice the nice for you, too!

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