As you know, I recently participated in a photography workshop in Calgary and had a blast! I drank a little too much met up with photographers that I hadn’t hooked up with in over a year which was a great catch up time. One of those photographers is a young buddy of mine, professional photographer Joey Lawrence. Last time we chatted was last summer in Germany at a workshop there and then we spent some time shooting in Paris with a few models.
After a few cold beverages, he summed up the last year and I was just blown away! A few things you need to know is that just a few years back, Joey was 16 years old (not a typo), owned a basic point & shoot camera, had never taken a plane and was learning the photography ropes. Now all grown up at 18 (still not a typo), Joey spent most of last year out of a suitcase traveling the globe shooting some top celebs like 50 Cent and the Jonas Brothers. With roughly a whopping 2 years experience in the field, he has a client list that most professional photographers would sell their souls for like Vibe Magazine and Kawazaki, just to name a few.
After picking up my jaw from the floor, we got into creative stuff. I was intrigued by his creative process so I shot a few questions to see how he ticked.
So Joey, when a client gives you ‘carte blanche’ on a project, what is your creative process?
Well Yanik, I always try to keep things simple, but it always ends up that I think of something that I have no idea how to shoot… so when they give me an “okay” I scratch my head for a few days then figure out a way how. It’s a blessing and a curse. It certainly keeps me on my toes and I never get bored. I seem to need to be out of my comfort zone to excel.
What is your favorite subject to shoot?
Anything to do with a portrait, when you have a responsibility of capturing something about someone else in one frame of time. My images are mostly serious, but that doesn’t mean creating them wasn’t fun. I like to keep my work serious, but in any other aspect I just want to be humble and simple.
Has traveling around the world change your perspective on how you take photos?
Absolutely! It’s changed my perspective on everything in my life. The best decision I ever made in my life up to this point was to skip college/university and travel. It made me realize what I wanted to do was attainable, and there for me to grab all along.
The traveling I’ve done in the past is just a warm up for what I want to do next.
So, what do you want to do next? 🙂
Well, Yanik, I’m gunna ride a motorcycle around the entire world of course! … No kidding! 🙂
WOW! I can’t wait for an update on that (and some photos!) What’s the best tip you can give an passionate amateur that would like to make a living as a photographer?
Use the Internet as a tool. It’s a great outlet to get people looking at your work. It’s also a great place to learn. Exploit it like crazy and try to look like a douchebag in the process.
So there you have it. I invite you to check out Joey’s Website for more facinating images. See you next year in Iceland Joey! 🙂