We continue our interview series with another Oregon photographer. We are fortunate to have a lot of very talented people in Portland, Oregon and Craig is certainly one of them. Grab your cup of coffee or tea, sit back and enjoy!
1. How long have you been shooting professionally? I have been a full time photographer since 2000. Full Time freelance since 2004. I worked for a newspaper from 2000-2004. I did it part time for a couple of years before that. Man that makes me feel old.
2. What got you interested in photography as a profession? I was never the best athlete in school, but I was able to take good photos of all my friends. I worked for my school newspaper and yearbook and really loved newspapers. I had a paper route when I was 10 years old until I was 14 and I loved looking at the newspaper everyday and always wanted to be a newspaper photographer.
Dramatic, honest, emotional. I use a lot of lighting and am always looking for good light and emotional moments. I like telling a person’s story with a portrait.
Soccer for sure. But followed closely by environmental portraits. I love soccer because it always crazy. The fans, the action, you never know what will happen and when something does happen, all hell breaks loose and there is a lot of emotion. I love it. I also really enjoy going into a space and having to make a cool looking portrait that tells the story of a person. Usually the spaces look terrible and it is fun to try and make them look interesting with lighting and angles, etc so I really enjoy that too.
To put a bunch of money in my IRA sooner, like at 18 years old. Ha! Seriously though, I cannot stress enough the importance of treating this profession like a business first and foremost. It is ok to say no. If I had to look back, I’d wish I’d have started saying no to bad deals or things I didn’t like to shoot earlier on. Once I figured out what I like to shoot and started shooting ONLY those things I liked shooting, my business really took off. Don’t feel like you have to do everything.