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Meet Dan Solomon of Dan Solomon Photo in South Bay

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dan Solomon.

Dan, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I picked up my first camera about ten years ago, photographing everyday things that I was into at that time, such as hot rods and random street photography. I became a full-time photographer about 4 1/2 years ago thanks in a huge part to the support of my family and, most of all, my wife, Josie. I dove right into shooting anything at all but mainly architectural.

By mostly word of mouth, my business expanded from one agent to the next as well as to others aspects of architectural photography, such as resorts, restaurants and interior designers. I would like to thank a fellow photographer and friend, Casey Figlewicz at Studio Bay 21. Our skill sets complement each other, which has afforded us more opportunities to widen our customer base to hotels, resorts and hospitality.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Definitely not. I thought to myself, “Oh sure, I’ll just start a business shooting homes. That seems fairly simple. No problem!” Every subset of photography has such distinct challenges, from weddings to product to architecture. I’ve shot just about all of them and they are all completely different animals. Little did I know how much really goes into shooting architecture. I’ve watched countless hours of tutorials on both shooting architecture and learning Photoshop & Lightroom from the ground up. I’ve read books, articles and magazines, almost daily, to learn as much as I can and I know that I will never stop learning or pushing myself to be better. I genuinely feel like I’ve been studying for 4 1/2 years to get my Master’s in Architectural Photography and I’ll probably NEVER graduate! And now that I’ve recently received my FAA Part 107 remote pilot’s license in order to dive into aerial photography, I now have a whole new area to study and learn, which I’m very excited to jump into.

As a business owner, not only are we the artist but we’re also customer service, accounting, financial planning, legal department, human resources and so many other hats we have to juggle in order to have a successful business.

Please tell us about Dan Solomon Photo.
My business is photography and my specialty is architecture and landscape, including real estate, interior design, hotels & resorts, restaurants, & similar as well as fine art landscapes.

I’m incredibly proud of the fact that I’ve built a successful company from the ground up, which has allowed me to give back to the community I grew up in. I genuinely love helping others and I’m constantly searching for ways my talents can help others.

I take immense pride in the quality of work I deliver. Whether I’m shooting a 500 sq. ft. studio or a 10,000 sq. ft. mansion, I’m going to deliver a product that I will proudly put my name on.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I honestly wouldn’t change very much about how I developed my craft. I look back on some of my original photos and, although some of them are not up to the level that I create now, I still feel that it was all part of the learning process and has only made me a better photographer. Every single shoot I’ve ever done has been a learning experience and I never want to stop learning.

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