Award winning celebrity and people photographer Corey Nickols joins the show to talk about how he created a name for himself in one of the most competitive genres of photography, while also sharing a very honest and compelling story of overcoming his battle with bipolar disorder and how he continues to nurture a healthy mind with a healthy diet. Growing up in a rural area of California, Corey always felt like an outsider to what was around him. Although he found photography at a very early age, it would be punk rock that would finally bring him a tribe of his own and the comfort in expressing himself. That expression would soon lead him to studying photography at Brooks university and chasing the dream of becoming a pro and moving to LA. Unfortunately graduation came on the heels of the collapse of the economy in 2008 and Corey was forced to get creative in his hustle and how to go about forming his portfolio. It would be a creative personal project, and a great story of finding models from a retirement home, that would get him noticed by Emmy Magazine and start him on the path of working with some of the biggest name celebrities in the business. During our conversation we talk about the importance of community, how he feels about the current state of celebrity work and social media, why so many celebrity photographers work with props, and the advice he gives to others chasing their dreams of becoming a professional photographer.
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Adventure, Travel, and Lifestyle Photographer Quin Schrock (aka: @everchanginghorizons ) joins the show to talk about the journey that brought him from a soon to be CPA, to traveling the world non stop with a huge Instagram following and an ever expanding photography portfolio. As we dive through Quin's past, we talk about his desire to want to stand out and go against the grain at an early age and how that would become a lot of the foundation for a future in creative expression and travel. Although Quin had built a reputation for non conformity, he soon found himself studying business at college and getting married at a fairly early age. When his young marriage didn't work out, he decided to set out on a bucket list trip to Machu Picchu before settling down to work in accounting. That trip that would change the course of his future. Before long, Quin was working as a counselor at a wilderness survival camp and met a girl that would set out on an epic road trip with him, introduce photography into his life, and help create the opportunity for Quin to start an inspiring social media feed dedicated to his travels. During our conversation we talk about how he developed his style of photography, the trips and locations that have inspired him the most, the intersection of photography and social media, and how to nurture a relationship with your audience and stay true to your brand.
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Award winning action sports and commercial photographer Blake Jorgenson joins the show to talk about the life of a ski bum in Whistler in the 90s and how that evolved into a successful career in photography. Growing up in Toronto, Blake was always inspired by art. Painting and drawing kept him occupied and entertained in a place he didn't draw that much inspiration from. But at the age of 16, when he went on vacation to British Columbia, he fell in love with the mountains and the lifestyle that existed around them and counted the days until graduation to make that dream a reality. Blake tells us the story of those early years in Whistler and working as a tuner in the local ski shop and the scene that congregated in it each day. He soon lost the passion for painting and became much more fasciated by the immediate images he could produce with a camera and began documenting the exploding community and beautiful vistas around him. Before long Blake began getting published and getting calls from companies that wanted to work with him. But it would be winning the prestigious Pro Photographer's Showdown in Whistler that would quickly catapult him into the spotlight. During our conversation we talk about the patience and the persistence needed to make it in the world of professional photography, the pitfalls of sometimes finding success before you are ready, how he feels about today's current excesses of visual content, and the advice he gives to others wanting to do what he does.
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