Because David Martinez has spent the last year evolving the look and feel of his photography, he and I have talking a lot about his style of shooting and the type of work he wants to be attracting. The same themes kept emerging, so we thought it would be fun to create a blog post highlighting the top ten reasons people should consider shooting with David so that we can share it clients.
1. I work fast. Something that comes with experience is knowing what I want, how to do it and the ability to get a lot done in a short amount of time. I shoot a lot and I shoot quickly.
2. I work with a tremendous crew. Clients always end the shoot saying that it’s the best crew they’ve ever worked with. We work hard, we’re pros, some say we’re funny, and we have gaff tape in every color.
3. My prop stylist rocks. Glen Hall is my prop / set designer in Los Angeles. He’s 6 feet and 7 inches of pure creativity. He can create snow in the summer, a working kindergarten classroom in a studio and Hawaii in the middle of summer in San Francisco (Anyone heard of Fogust?).
4. I shoot libraries A LOT. Most of the shoots I’m hired for these days are library shoots. We’ve got our production strategy dialed in on how to deal with a lot of shots, a lot of scenarios and sometimes not a lot of time.
5. Shooting libraries is second nature to me. When I go out and shoot on my own without motor homes, glam crew, gaggles of models – I shoot libraries naturally. I like to tell a story through photographing what I see – not just shoot one hero shot and call it a day.
6. I don’t light for just one angle, one perspective, one shot. I like to light so I can move around a lot in any given scenario. I light so I can shoot from a lot of perspectives (meaning a lot of images!).
7. I have a stellar producer. I’ve always said that good producers have no panic button. My producer, Emily, doesn’t have a panic button. She is calm when there are curve balls, she can foresee problems before they happen and can make miracles happen FAST (a keyword in production).
8. I’ve been a photographer for a long time. I’ve seen every situation and I mean EVERY situation. I’ve seen rain, hail, thunder, wind, models that don’t show and kid models that woke up on the wrong side of the bed to name a few of the easy ones. Having experience means that I know what to do when there are challenges – I have a waterproof crew in the rain, can get the kid to smile (Red Vines anyone?), and create that sunny day in the middle of a Super Storm *insert name here*.
9. I’ll do just about anything to get the shot. I’ll climb that tower, get under that car, ride that wave. My assistants are always taking pictures of me in crazy situations. These photos could definitely be used for blackmail someday but I’d walk through fire to get the shot (Art Producers – please don’t have me walk through fire, okay?).
10. I always remember to be grateful. We get to do what we love and it’s fun! There’s not a day that goes by that I’m not grateful that I get to do what I love – because of that work doesn’t feel like work. We may be working hard – but we’re undoubtedly having fun.