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Meet Photographer Adam Amengual in the Culver City area

Today we’d like to introduce you to Adam Amengual.

Adam, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today? 
I have a pretty classic story, my father gave me a camera around 13. My earliest pictures were of my friends skateboarding and getting into trouble around our small suburban town in Massachusetts. At 15 I took my first photography course, a basic intro to black and white, and that sparked a deeper love for the medium. I remember seeing Jim Goldberg’s Raised by Wolves and it blew my mind. It had shown me that photography could be more than just pretty pictures. I both drew and made photos through out high school but it was not until my freshman year at Massachusetts College of Art that I decided to dedicate my life to pictures. After art school I moved to Brooklyn, NY and started assisting commercial photographers. 
In my years of assisting I had worked with pretty much every kind of photographer imaginable. It helped form my own aesthetic but also allowed me to learn how to work in an highly competitive field. In 2014 I moved from Brooklyn to LA and about two years ago I really started to push my own work. I had alway had some of my own jobs over the years, but this push was a make it or break it type of thing. A combination of hard work and changing parts of my aesthetic started to draw a new kind of attention to my pictures. The last year has been very exciting but also stressful at times since I am in a new phase of my career.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you? 
There has been some ups and downs over the years. I had some personal life events that effected my motivation to keep pushing. Also it is very easy to get jaded when working for other photographers. Some people will support you, others look at you like a day laborer. You bust your ass for very little thanks a lot of the time. 
But at some point you hopefully don’t get too burnt out and start concentrating on your own work. When making career in a creative field you are putting a piece of your soul out there and asking, “hey, do you think this is cool?” So you deal with a lot of rejection, but you can’t let that discourage you. If you do anything long enough you’ll get good at it and then once you’re good you need to then try to become better than good. That may never happen, but I think the constant struggle to push yourself and your aesthetic is what sets you apart from others. Hopefully that is what people hire you for. A good attitude is a must as well.

We’d love to hear more about your business. 
I usually describe myself as a documentary portrait photographer. I shoot pictures of people for magazines and my own documentary projects. The portraits are mostly environmental, and usually shot in the subject’s home, studio, neighborhood or other place of significance. I really like using their surroundings to help tell a bit of who they are. I have been told that there is a realness to my portraits which is something I strive for and am very proud to hear. What I think sets me apart from most commercial photographers is my fine art photography background and my ability to make subjects feel comfortable. Priority is making an interesting portrait, but I love when I hear from a subject that they had a really easy and fun time with me.

What were you like growing up? 
As a teenager I was pretty much a stoner art kid. I loved skateboarding and snowboarding. I was always painting, drawing and making pictures. Music culture had a huge influence on me. Born in 1981, I was an MTV kid. So anything from Tribe Called Quest to Nirvana but also I remember the Pulp Fiction soundtrack blowing my mind. I am really happy my teen years were in the 90’s. Just before the internet got huge and cellphones become the norm, pre-social media, it was simpler times.


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