Today we’d like to introduce you to Didier Gomez.
Hi Didier, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
First off thanks to Voyage LA magazine for this great opportunity to share my journey. I wanna say I was around 23 years old when I picked up my first camera (Canon T3i). It’s funny because the only reason I picked it up is because one of my buddies had one and I kinda was in competition with him. I started to go around DTLA, the beaches, etc. to shoot anything. I did that for a few months but I felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere or really knew what I was doing. I took a leap of faith by reaching out to a great photographer by the name of Aaron Lacy. I was nervous because I didn’t even know what to expect, but he showed great info, I’ll never forget that day.
Eventually, I realize that I’m going to have to invest in my craft. I accepted that I will need certain cameras, lens, modifiers, etc. to get to what I’m envisioning. Fast forward to the present, let’s just say I recently have had to built heavy-duty garage racks to start my equipment somewhere, haha.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I would say it was the road I needed to take. In my earlier photography years, I was losing motivation. I wasn’t able to find other individuals to practice my craft, not even for free, LOL. I was working for a few employers that were physically and mentally demanding. I wasn’t able to practice or even think about photography. I was arrested and charged for a few misdemeanors. I kinda lost everything and at one point was very uncertain in life. Thru the mist of this, I still always had my camera by my side, I’ve had some great people step into my life during that time and are still here. I am forever grateful for that as well.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a photographer who also has an interest in video. I mainly specialize in couples and individuals like headshots, personalities, weddings, proposals, maternity; things of that nature.
I have great pleasure to have done work and continue to do work for the Good News Radio Show. I’ve filmed an interview with Dwayne Wade and his family, done work with Wolf Collection, and a few others I have to keep private at the moment.
I would say I’m most proud of my realization of what was needed to be done to get to a better position to accept more clients and opportunities. Some of us may get frustrated thinking it’s others who are in the wrong when it comes to agreeing or taking on projects. To able to realize and understand the client’s needs and ask yourself questions if your able to do it, do you have the equipment available, etc… That’s a gem.
I have fun at almost all the projects I do. It makes the clients feel more inclined to do certain poses more comfortable. I’m goofy and I crack jokes with them a lot. I’ve gotten reached out for projects purely based of my persona I’ve been told.
Quick shout out to ELC, B Roll Boyz and Beans Pro.
Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
Always communicate with your client. What the expectations are and what is required. Write it out and communicate, ask questions. For me, I ask so many questions… I wake up sometimes and write down a questions that popped up in my sleep, LOL. I wanna make sure I get all the info I need to provide my best work. There are times I use to do certain and after I was done, they wanted something modified, added, or it was not what they envisioned. It is my responsibility to lay out the groundwork for the process.
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