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Life & Work with Scott Fink

Today we’d like to introduce you to Scott Fink.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I began doing photography while attending SDSU. I took several photography courses and my best friend asked me to shoot some of his rugby games on campus. I feel in love with capturing fast action and raw emotions from the sidelines.

Soon after college, I was married and raising two very active kids. I was able to hone my sports shooting skills over many years of shooting my kid’s sports teams including Hockey, Soccer, Lacrosse and Football. Guess who was in charge of the banquet slide show every season?

Another close friend from college is a Professional Photographer for the NFL & NCAA. I was lucky enough to work as his assistant until he was confident enough to allow me to begin shooting alongside of him. We shot at some of the greatest stadiums and Universities in the country and it was an amazing experience. He’s ranked in the top 5 of sports shooters in the US and taught me a ton.

Over the years, I’ve had the good fortune of doing work for NIKE, ESPN.com and Adidas. I’ve also worked as the staff photographer for the San Diego Polo Club, Claremont Colleges Men’s Rugby and The LA KISS Arena football team.

A few years back, I began assisting another friend that ran a successful fashion photography business. This was a completely new arena for me with all of the indoor and outdoor lighting setups and creative aspects of each shoot. I always loved doing portraits and was able to learn a great deal working on these projects both in studio and on location. I assisted him on four different NFL Cheerleader Swimsuit Calendar shoots and two of them we did in the Bahamas. We worked long days but no one was complaining and the end results were great to see.

Once the pandemic hit, it was very hard to book photo work and there was no sports occurring. Fortunately, it seems everyone I knew, including myself now had kids graduating from high school or college. I sort of developed a niche shooting Senior portraits from LA to San Diego. It allowed me to apply my newly developed portrait shooting skills and it’s fun as most of the kids are really excited about the shoots.

My preference is shooting in interesting locations from the beach to the mountains and really capturing the subjects personality. I always love when the parents send me the graduation notices with all of my pictures displayed. I’ve also begun doing work with a couple of modeling agencies that need a reasonably priced photographer to help new models get their portfolios going.

Photography has taken me to some wonderful destinations and allowed me to meet some great people. Not sure what the future holds but as long as I’m shooting, I’m happy.

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?
Just when you think you’re good, you find out you’re not and I always set high standards for my work. Early on, I would have other professionals critique my work. It was tough to hear sometimes but it allowed me to get better and pay better attention to the details. Also, your equipment makes a big difference in what you produce. When shooting sports, you need the fastest lenses and camera on the market to capture the best images. Additionally, staying proficient with all of the photo/video editing software can be a challenge as well. I always threatened to hire a photo editor to edit my work but just couldn’t let anyone else touch it.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I would say what sets me apart from other photographers is that I take the time to build rapport with my subjects before ever pointing my camera at them. We might spend half an hour just getting to know each other and making sure we’re on the same page with the day’s creative goals.

I try to relieve any stress they may feel and also tell them what I’m trying to accomplish as well. If they are not comfortable during the shoot, it will show in the photographs.

How can people work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
I can always be reached at my website www.scottfinkphoto.com.

Pricing:

  • Modeling Portfolio Shoot: $400
  • Sporting Events: $400
  • Senior Portraits: $300
  • Headshots: $300

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Photo Credit: Scott Fink Photo

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