I think everyone needs a Patrick Simmons at their studio - just sayin'. He is an excellent photographer with a humble heart and and is always ready to help. Patrick has been a member of Studio Share Photography for about 9 months. Check out his work!
I asked Patrick to be our Member Highlight for September - so we are just squeaking it in before the end of the month! Why do I blog about our members? I think it helps us all realize that we are not alone - that we have a lot in common with each other - that maybe by hearing a brief story about someone else's business, we might be encouraged to keep going. Here are a few questions I asked him:
Which side are you on?
What's your favorite lens to shoot with?
Depends on the job but mostly 105 macro
Does your work consist of natural or studio light?
Either - depending on the situation
Are you from the area? Why do you live in the midwest?
Originally from Tennessee in a small farm town near Memphis. Came here for school then met my wife and the rest is history.
How long have you been in business?
I've been in business for 2 years
What got you started in photography? And how did you build your skill set?
I started with film back in the 90's shooting for newspapers then got away from photography to pursue my IT career. Back in 2011 I caught the bug again and the passion is stronger than ever. I developed my skills mainly from hours and hours of practice; tons and tons of dedication and many sleepless nights practicing.
What type of photography do you specialize in?
I specialize in beauty and advertising photography [shooting] mostly models for beauty and ad campaigns
What are the names of 1 or 2 photographers that inspire you?
What is the hardest thing about being a photographer?
Balancing family life and work
What has been surprisingly easy? (if anything)
Nothing has been easy but understanding light has come more natural than anything else.
Would you be willing to briefly tell about a time that you were afraid in your business? And how you worked through that?
When I first officially started my business I was not getting a lot of responses from my marketing. The key that I learned the hard way was to stay consistent and never give up.
If you could share one piece of advice with a photographer just starting out, what would you tell them?
Never give up. It is not an easy road but keep the faith and you will make it through. If it was easy you would not appreciate your success as much.
Why did you decide to be part of Studio Share Photography?
I needed a studio that was close to home that I could shoot out of when I am in town. I travel a lot between Chicago, New York and LA so it didn't really make sense to buy a studio since I wouldn't be in there a lot.
5 years from now, where do you see yourself and your business?
5 Years from now I see myself having 4 home bases (Chicago, LA, NYC and Milan). Those bases will home a full production team including retouchers.
Would you rather get up early or stay up late to edit?
Stay up late to edit
Would you rather eat something sweet or salty?
I love the fact that SSP has such a variety of people who use the space: from beauty to products to families to babies! Their images continue to amaze me. If you are in need of a studio space and live up in the north/northwest suburbs of Chicago, Studio Share Photography has two locations that are fully equipped with natural and studio light. Contact us today!