Photographer Q&A #2

It's been a little while since the first Q&A but I'm looking to make these more frequent for you all. This go around I have some professional photographers with resumes we all dream of having one day. Today's Q&A has Joel Grimes, Taylor Ballantyne, and Kevin Liles. I will place links to all of their websites for you all to check out their amazing work.


Question: What’s the one thing you wish you could tell yourself starting out your photography career that you know now?

Joel Grimes / Insta: @joelgrimesworkshops

One of the biggest misconceptions starting out is I believed that the photographers that created the best images were the most successful. It turns out the ones that are the best at marketing and branding were the most successful. This is not to promote being a sloppy photographer, but just that you have to become proficient at getting your work in front of the right people.

Kevin Liles / Insta: @kevindliles

I would be kinder to myself. I was so hard on myself (something I’m continually working on), and I would relentlessly compare my work to that of others and oftentimes feel I wasn’t good enough. But I was right where I needed to be. Photography (and life) is a process. And while there’s always room to grow and improve, taking the time to appreciate where I am in that process, to appreciate the struggle, if you will, is paramount to being content.

Taylor Ballantyne / Insta: @taylorphoto

I’ve been a photographer for 15 years. The most helpful information I’ve received along the way with my career is this- once you find your niche and what you want to do within the industry, tell everybody you know. Be kind, be loyal, be trustworthy. Whether you’re a Fine artist or work in commercial, Remember that we provide a creative service with the goal of giving back.
Whatever your vision is to share with the world make sure you go with purpose and a pure intention.

Photographer Q&A #1

I'm going to start doing these small Q&A's with various photographers. Topics will range from tech, business, personal life, etc. Feel free to reach out to any of these people as well and let them know what you think about their responses.

Question: Do you see yourself without photography? If so how would your life be different?

(left photo artist / right photo example of their work)

Marc Mangra

(Insta: @marcmangra /

Seeing myself without photography is a frightening ordeal. Without it means I would have never enjoyed the experiences I’ve been so lucky to have received. The thing is, photography is the reason for helping me get out of a mental hole that made me distance myself from any and everything. It forced me to go outside and meet new people and see new opportunities. One of the most important aspects of it all was to teach me why I was always noticing moments, colors and lines and why it was so important. Being able to document people’s stories has helped me tell my own.

Dave Crawford

(Insta: @loudand_clear, 

At this point in my life, no. I got my first camera when I was 12 and I haven’t stopped since. It’s a major component of happiness in my life and often, therapeutic. Sometimes I can tell how I truly feel by looking at my edits. It’s always been a direct representation of my inner voice.

Artimio Black

(Insta: /

Honestly no. Photography has forever changed how I view my normal life. When something catches my eye my first thoughts are woah I’ve got to shoot this. If photography wasn’t a part of my life though I definitely think I’d be an actor. I have no doubts that I’d eventually get into photography even then.