Today we’d like to introduce you to Parker Burr.
Hi Parker, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
My journey to becoming a photographer was definitely non-traditional. I studied business at university and worked full-time in the tech industry for about five years before making the switch. I had a three month gap in between jobs and decided to buy a camera off of craigslist. I had no experience prior to this, just a creative itch. For the next year and a half, I had a gradual climb from begging friends to let me shoot them to eventually being booked on jobs. When the pandemic hit, I decided to take the leap and pursue freelance photography full-time. A year and a half later, I am happy to share that I am fully booked and my business is continuing to grow.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’m fortunate that my journey has been mostly smooth and has progressed relatively fast. After dedicating a few years towards a career that didn’t excite me, I recognized the value in pursuing something that I was passionate about. Even on bad days, I still feel grateful that this is how I get to spend my time.
That’s not to say I haven’t faced challenges along the way. I think the top three obstacles I had to overcome were:
1. Getting people to let me shoot them when I was starting out
2. Taking the financial risk to go freelance. You really don’t know if it is going to work until you take the risk
3. Learning to manage a high volume of work. When you are starting out, you kind of have to say yes to every opportunity because you need to make money where you can. As you become more successful, there is a transitional period where you learn your limits and have to decide which work to accept and turn down and when to hire help.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
My primary focus is on studio portrait and fashion photography. I often work with actors and music artists to create photos for press articles, artist profiles for streaming platforms, promo materials, editorials, and personal branding. I also spend a considerable amount of time helping new models build up their portfolios.
What matters most to you?
For me, the authenticity of my photos and the quality of my days spent on set are what I value the most. I prefer to work on smaller sets where I can connect with my subject and direct them without much distraction. I have found that people are more responsive to genuine and emotive expressions in a portrait than they are to the technical quality. This is why I prefer clean studio shots; I love the power and timelessness that simplicity holds.
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: www.parkeraburr.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/parkburrphoto/