Yesterday I showed you guys a little bit of the logo process we went through for DJ's logo.
Today he is giving away a free photo shoot to a lucky winner.
But first, I wanted to ask DJ a few questions so we can all get to know him better!
When/how did you first decide to start your photography business?
I have been interested in photography since Jr. high. I found my grandpa's old 35 mm Minolta and fell in love with depth of field when I got my first roll developed. I pursued it in high school, collecting old twins reflexes and In 2009 a friend of mine, Roya Jade (Roya Jade Photography -Chicago), after letting me tag along on a few shoots got me hooked on weddings! I loved being in new environments every weekend, meeting new couples, and capturing the emotion through an artistic perspective. And so in 2009 I opened Daniel James Photography!
What is your favorite thing to photograph?
I love photographing people! I know its been a successful shoot when I get home and look over all my photos and find the ones that force me to smile or laugh because either the motion of the couple is perfect or the emotion and energy between the two just jumps off the page. I love shooting people because every shoot you get to work with someone knew and everyone's personality comes off differently through the camera. I love capturing that second of laughter or moment of real joy that is totally honest and unique.
What drives your passion for photography?
There is something extremely cool about having this tool that can forever remember a split of a second. You can use it for so much. Since high school I would lay down at night and have all these ideas in my head of what would be a great photo, and until I at least attempted it I would go crazy! Photography has become an outlet, an artistic release, and display for myself. Wedding photography is especially cool because you not only get new landscaped and architecture to work with but you get new people, new emotions and new unique personality to work with.
How do you stay inspired?
I subscribe to lots of fashion and journalism magazines. I also watch a lot of movies. When I was a kid I would pause films at points I thought would make cool movie posters and stills! Today I just stay up on whats new in anything film, photography, painting, design, music etc. I also stay in my Bible. I get all of my inspiration and drive from scripture and the beauty found in a life in pursuit of knowing God.
So are you ready to enter to WIN? All you have to do is leave a comment below to enter for a chance to receive a free photoshoot from DJ! And check out DJ's site while you're at it. We will announce the winner next week.
Are you engaged? Use it as an engagement shoot! A family needing some great family photos? Use it for a free family session! Whatever your needs for the shoot, if you win you will be able to customize it to your needs. DJ is located in the Southern California area, so keep that in mind before entering :)
Happy Friday friends!!