Me: What is your favorite photography accessory aside from your camera?
John: Oh, that’s a tough one. My wife bought a new camera strap for me last Christmas. Best accessory for me. The old one was just killing my neck and shoulders!
David: I love my lighting equipment and wish I could use it more often.
Me: How do you keep yourself up to date in the photography industry?
John: I‘ve found Google+, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, and Facebook to be great resources to keep in touch with my photographer friends and contacts, as well as keep up to date with all their new work, and techniques they may be working on.
David: I utilize the usual culprits in the social networking world (i.e. Flickr/Facebook/Tumblr/etc). But I also use Google+ a lot for connecting with other photographers. Although Google+ hasn’t really caught on in the mainstream, the photography community has been very active on it and embraced it. There are various Google+ circles that you can follow and instantly give yourself access to many of the best in the industry. A popular one is the “10000 Photographers around the World” circle found here: https://plus.google.com/110538600381916983600/about.
Me: What do you think is the most important quality a photographer should have?
John: It’s important to know what you want to shoot, and how you want something to turn out. That’s why it’s important to have a good line of communication with your clients and/or the subjects you’re shooting. Hang loose! And keep your mind open for whatever situation you’re shooting in.
David: The desire to improve your craft is very important. You should never be satisfied with where you are technically or artistically.
Me: Any helpful advice to people who are starting to get into what camera would you suggest as a good starter camera?
John: Any of the entry level models from Nikon or Canon should do just fine. Just get out there and shoot! Even if you can’t spring for a DSLR, shoot with your point and shoot, your phone, whatever!
David: There have been so many advances in the camera world that it’s easy to find a great camera in any size whether you want something compact or a big, hulking DSLR. A good starter camera is one you’ll actually use. But if you’re dead set on picking up a DSLR–you can’t go wrong with Canon or Nikon (any model). There’s a reason why they’re so popular.
Me: What is your most interesting photography project or photographic experience?
John: Wandering the streets of Tokyo, and taking photos of everything in sight! I wish I could just spend a month there, capturing everything!
David: A few years ago we covered an annual fundraising event for the Santa Ana Zoo. This was definitely not your typical shoot since some of our subjects were residents of the zoo, including the cutest barn owl and baby hedgehog. They didn’t take directions very well but were naturals in front of the camera.
Me: Since this is a beauty/fashion blog, I have to ask on behalf of my readers, are there any taboos for those who are being photographed? Any tips for looking more photogenic?
John: Hmm, not sure about taboos, but people often forget to just SMILE! No duck lip faces, people!
David: Oftentimes people become nervous as soon as the camera turns to them (including me). Being relaxed goes a long way towards being photogenic. The more comfortable you feel, the better the photo will be.
Me: What type of photography do you like the most?
John: I’ve taken a liking to candid street photography as of late.
David: Frankly, my favorite subjects are foods. They’re easy to work with and you can pig out when you’re done.
Me: What can one expect when working with you??
John: Hopefully, a fun time while capturing some great images!
David: Both John and I are easy-going and prefer to work in a lax environment. This usually results in a better experience for everyone.
Me: Ok last question and a very important one. I want to know…What is the one thing you like best about working with your partner.
John: David is a brilliant photographer. I love his eagerness and confidence to shoot no matter what the situation. It inspires me to do my best, too.
David: John and I were dormmates in college and so we go back a bit. We used to compete in online games and working together came easily. Collaborating now is reminiscent of the past–instead of shooting our enemies, we’re shooting photographs.
Thanks for taking the time to interview with me boys!
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