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Meet Carlos Vaz of Shot By Dusk in Downtown Los Angeles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Carlos Vaz.

Carlos, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was never fully interested in photography, I wasn’t the kind that had some sort of bond with it at a young age or had mentors. My interest stared a few years back when I was running a clothing brand and found need for a photographer for look-books, social media etc… Over time I realized that I was having a rough time finding someone to really capture my vision. I decided to purchase a camera and execute everything on my own. Over time brands, models and agencies began to reach out to me about doing photo work for them. Not until the past year that I’ve actually taken photography more seriously. I’ve began to put together a portfolio and put more energy into establishing a name for myself.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Definitely not smooth, as an artist you run into many obstacles from lacking direction, to lacking a team to even lacking motivation. One of the toughest obstacles to get over is to make sure you don’t get into your own head. Los Angeles is full of so many talented creatives that it’s tough to look at your own work and think it’s not good enough, remember to always seek new inspiration and follow your own creative ideas. While having a full team on set is great you can do everything on your own and don’t let this hold you back, not everyone will understand your vision but be grateful to those that do and help you along the way.

Please tell us about Shot By Dusk.
I currently run Dusk Studios and focus on capturing unique perspectives and aesthetics through photography. At the moment I only focus on photography but have also provided graphic design to long term clients. It is very tough to stand out in a sea of creatives specially in Los Angeles, I believe what makes my work unique is I don’t focus too much on trying to capture something, I work closely with my team and make sure the moments happen naturally. I am a huge advocate for very minimal editing I don’t Photoshop or adjust body image instead I focus on bringing out natural beauty.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would say I’d push myself harder, When I first started I really doubted myself and my work. I’d listen to those that told me to just “be myself” because now I understand what they meant. And I’d really worry a lot less about the gear I was working with and focus more on the content.

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Image Credit:
Models: Masika Kalysha, Sky Katz, Maconnie Dukulki, Olia Art, Natalie Jordan

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