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Meet Downtown Photographer: Al

Today we’d like to introduce you to Al.

Al, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I moved to LA 8 years ago and worked in event production and coordination while doing freelance photography. Before moving to LA, I worked as a wedding photographer in Turkey. Now, I have a studio in Downtown LA where I do headshot sessions and fashion/editorial work and I also work as an e-commerce photographer in the fashion district.

Has it been a smooth road?
It’s been really hard to break into the industry as I felt like a small fish in the biggest ocean. I strive every day to create a name for myself and get better at my craft. I have learned to value each connection I make and better utilize those connections.

What are your plans for the future?
I want to keep working as an e-commerce photographer and build relationships with the vendors / brands and work with these brands on their catalogue and look books . In addition to that, I want to expand my freelance photography and have more clients for headshot sessions, shoot more fashion work and personally focus on portrait photography.

Let’s explore some of the challenges you’ve faced along the way. What was the most difficult part of your career so far?
The biggest struggle was figuring out a work visa and to be able to stay here. Trying to build a name for yourself and breaking into the industry is hard Enough but I also had to persevere through uncertainty as I wasn’t sure if I would get the visas necessary to be able to stay here. I had hope and believed that everything would work out and they did.

Do you ever feel like “Wow, I’ve arrived” or “I’ve made it” or do you feel like the bulk of the story is still unwritten?
I still have a long way to go even though I am employed as an e-commerce photographer and work in big studios with more than 100 vendors. I will feel like I have made it when I can fully support myself by just working as a photographer.


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