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Meet Benjamin Grenard of Flash Monkey Studios

Today we’d like to introduce you to Benjamin Grenard.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started photographing in Highschool for fun and continued in College with the goal of making money photographing. I got my first full time photography job at a clothing brand called, Ed Hardy. As Ed Hardy’s in house product photographer it gave me a great start in ECommerce because they put their name on EVERYTHING. Soon, Ed Hardy needed me less and less at the studio and I started freelancing for other companies. I was freelance for 5 years working mainly in ECommerce product and lifestyle photography, before starting to work for Grass Monkey.

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?
I have been very fortunate in that I have always been able to find work. The biggest struggle was in 2009, at the age of 23, I had my son Liam. Balancing starting a freelance photography career and being a father was tough, but rewarding.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Grass Monkey is a startup company that specializes in upgrading businesses digital identities. I am Grass Monkey’s in house photographer and started Flash Monkey studios to support their growing need for imagery and content. As Director of Flash Monkey Studios, I supply Grass Monkey with all the content their clients need for websites, social media, and advertising.

My mission for Flash Monkey Studios in 2018 is to transform it from a ECommerce product photography machine to a community space where people can create, perfect, and showcase their work. I will be opening up the studio to artist of all types to come create in our space, teach/take classes to perfect their work, and showcase it with gallery shows and events.

What were you like growing up?
I grew up playing on the computer and any other games I could get a hold of. We had a computer in the house since I was in second grade and never stopped exploring games and programs. This gave me a head start when learning programs like photoshop and lightroom for photography. My son is turning out to be very similar in his love for games and computers.

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