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Meet Dorian Drislane of Dorian Drislane Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dorian Drislane.

Dorian, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
As a child I’ve always had a need to capture beautiful things whether it be butterflies in the backyard, or videos of my family on my mom’s old camcorder. This love for capturing nostalgia was fueled when I started to take up photography in high school. Being able to have something tangible to hold a moment has always been important to me. After high school, I struggled with the stigma of art not being a valued career path and let go of the idea I could make a living from photography.

My passion was re-awakened on a trip to Indonesia. When making a wrong turn on my motorbike, I stumbled upon a large family farm and was invited to stay for dinner. As a thank you, I took Polaroid pictures of the family. The father of the house asked for a picture of his blind father — who was no less than 100 years old. It was the first and only picture he would have to remember his father. This little piece of film, although simple to me, was something so priceless and irreplaceable to the family that it brought tears to their eyes.

This experience was a re-awakening of my passion. I realized that I shouldn’t give up on something so intrinsically motivating to me just because of societal pressures. Since that trip, I’ve been working to turn my passion into my career.

Has it been a smooth road?
Pursuing art is never a smooth road, but that’s the beauty of it. There have been weeks where I have doubted my ability, compared myself to others, and experienced extreme creative blockages, but this is all a part of the process.

Once you push passed these barriers, and start to trust, you can channel all sorts of creativity that you never thought possible. I have been able to break through a lot of my blockages through mindfulness and meditation practice.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Dorian Drislane Photography story. Tell us more about the business.
My photography business captures an array of clientele from swimwear brands to music festivals. My specialty is lifestyle images of people.

The most important thing in my life is not my photography, but my relationships. My life mission is to uplift and as many people as I can. This bleeds over into my work and gives me the ability to connect with my clients on a level that allows me to capture their most comfortable and authentic selves.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
With the rise of AI and high quality smart phone cameras, it’s going to be a lot easier for the average person to take a beautiful, professional looking image. Some say there might be less demand for professional photographers because of this. While this might be true, it’s also true that a robot can’t be programmed to have creativity or emotion.

Great photography is more than just a quality image, there’s great composition, colors, and personal style. As technology shifts in the next 5-10 years, these creative elements are going to become even more important.

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