Today we’d like to introduce you to Dimitry Loiseau.
Hi Dimitry, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
My career in photography started as a hobby, then eventually turned professional. At the time that I started dabbling in photography, I was in college, preparing to go to med school. I made an incredibly tough decision, on the outside to some, and a fairly easy decision on the inside to me because it was something that brought me joy when I did it. After working in the business on a small scale, I co-founded REGARD Magazine with my business partner. Initially, the publication’s concept was to feature up and coming actors, as well as character actors that people knew from cable TV series and make them into models. We would dress them in classic and fashionable clothing and would do beautiful pictorials in the magazine. This then matriculated into working with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars from various TV networks and streaming platforms like NETFLIX, HULU and AMAZON.
The great thing about starting the magazine is that it allowed my photography work to be showcased in front of studios, networks and others in the entertainment business. And, this has lead to many opportunities that I may not have otherwise had. As a photographer, that’s the dream!
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?
Anyone that tells you it was a smooth road is either holding back or maybe completely disconnected. Of course, it’s hard! It has to be. Or else, how much will you really appreciate the success? That being said, there have been some wins, many wins. But the lows are what truly test your grit, determination and drive. The lows will make you want to quit and have all the reasons why you should.
Starting out, one of the biggest challenges is getting people to trust you with their talent or their brand. If you have little to no experience, how will you secure the job? Another real challenge is keeping up with all the changes that take place in the industry. Budgets are not the same as they used to be. Are you learning new skills and unique ways that set you apart from others?
The mental challenge may be the toughest one to overcome. We can sometimes be our own worst enemies. Unbalanced thinking and expectations. Especially as an entrepreneur and artists, we have the tendency to get in our own way, wanting everything to be perfect. Believing in yourself when no one else does, especially the ones that are closest to you. If overcoming these things don’t make you tougher and more determined, I don’t know what will.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
My photography work varies across the board but I’m know for my celebrity portraiture, fashion editorials, brand campaigns and travel photography. I’ve had the opportunity to photograph some of the world’s most recognizable faces and personalities. And it never ceases to amaze me how much celebrities are so similar to people who are not in that world. At least, in my experience, when you remove the veil of the industry, you see people who are just like you. They just happen to have a different job than you do. So for me, beyond the art of it, creating images that will hopefully last a lifetime, it’s really about making that brief connection and finding common ground. That’s the experience which makes me different. My style of shooting is different. I like to shoot fast and efficiently so that there’s more time for the connection. I enjoy guiding people with precise directions on how to pose, on how to emit different emotions, in order for us to create a piece of art that we can all be proud of and remember. I want to capture their essence, the thing that makes them who they are and unique from everyone else. I guess you can like it to capturing their external DNA.
How do you think about luck?
I don’t necessarily believe in luck. Luck is like winning the lottery. There’s no real strategy behind that. I believe more so in having help along the way. But you have to do the work over a period of time, with consistency. Meaning, every day. Make yourself better every day in relation to your craft. Never stop learning, asking questions, and making application of it. By doing these things, you’ll have the ability to place yourself in the right position to be noticed. There’s a saying, “game recognize game”. When professionals of a certain caliber notice you and your work, you’ll be sure to get the opportunities you’ve been working so hard for.
All Images Dimitry Loiseau