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Meet Fashion & Lifestyle Photographer: Daniel Calderón

Today we’d like to introduce you to Daniel Calderón.

Daniel , please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started practicing photography in high school. I was encouraged to try out by my art instructor who also taught the class and I just fell in love with the process. Now, I’ve come a long way from then. Having a greater understanding of myself has allowed me to develop a style that represents me and where I come from. There is a lot of planning that goes into my photographs. From initial inspiration to finding the right team, lighting design and executing.

Growing up in LA already surrounded me with much inspiration and resources that would have been hard to come by any other way. The connections that have been developed with agencies, photographers and art directors have been truly influential to me and has allowed me to work and produce quality images that I would’ve not been able to do beforehand.

Has it been a smooth road?
There is always a struggle. I am always trying to push my work and make it better. I constantly need to be aware of editorials, campaigns, art installations, and technology to understand what direction photography is going in. Being part of the photo world is real work and I love it everyday.

What are your plans for the future?
As of now, I have developed my lighting into what I want to be known for. My goal now is to continue shooting and add new images to my portfolio that represent me as a photographer. I continually reach out to fellow creative professionals to understand where they come from and find ways of how we can work together or even just inspire each other.

Let’s explore some of the challenges you’ve faced along the way. What was the most difficult part of your career so far?
I would say now is the hardest time that I have had as a working photographer. I am continually pushing myself at the moment to be better. It has been a balancing act to keep myself moving forward and establishing solid groundwork for the future. I grew up here, but LA can be tough yet amazing at the same time.

Do you ever feel like “Wow, I’ve arrived” or “I’ve made it” or do you feel like the bulk of the story is still unwritten?
I feel like I am still trying to grasp for that “wow” moment. I have a feeling I have had it in the past, but with my continual development, I feel like they fade away into the next goal. If anything, it would be that this year was the first time I was reached out to by an agency to photograph a few of their models for them. It was nice to be called instead of being the one reaching out.

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