This week I’m excited to introduce you to Chris Walker of Walker Photography. Chris is a twenty-two year old photographer located in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. Chris has been incredibly busy this year working with clients in and around Columbus and I’m so glad he was able to be a part of this feature. Enjoy hearing a bit about his life as a photographer and feel free to connect with him through Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin.
1. When did you start working with photography? What type of camera were you first using? 2006/2007 Canon point and latter I shot with Nikon D80.
2. How has your style changed since you first started? It changes a lot due to whom I’m photographing and what it’s for. When working with designers, I’m trying to create images that fit both into the design itself and also portray the clients brand at the same time. But I would say I tend to have a contrasty bold style.
3. When a company or an individual approaches you for shoot or a project, what does that process look like?
- Find out what it is the client needs/wants so we are all on the same page.
- Find the location, someplace that fits with the client’s personal or professional brand, both if possible.
- Do the shoot.
- Process the images.
- Deliver the images to the client.
4. Who have you worked with in the Columbus community? How have you worked toward working locally and become professionally recognized? My current project is allowing me to work with some really cool people, Just last month I was able to photograph Jeni from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams [pictured below] and Artie Issac [picture above]. Two really cool people to meet and work with. I really love working with commercial based clients due to the stories they have. I’m all about hearing stories!
5. Who are some of your biggest influences when it comes to your style? I have no one person, I like a broad range of photographers from Joe McNally to Dave Hill.
6. What types of cameras do you work with now? I’m currently working with Canon cameras but would like to play with med format someday. It’s just way out of the budget right now.
7. What advice would you give to someone thinking about a career in photography or studying photography in college? Find out the best way for you to learn your craft and just network with the people you want to work with. It’s really the only way to get a business like this going.
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