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Meet DTLA Photographer: Adam Franz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Adam Franz.

Adam, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I developed an interest in photography pretty early on- probably more so around Junior High. I got my first camera (a point-and-shoot) right at the end of 8th grade and immediately started to shoot EVERYTHING around me. A couple years later, in my sophomore year of high school, I decided to get a little more serious about it, got my first DSLR, and figured it was time I actually learned how to use the camera functions to create the images I wanted. I took all the photography classes that my High School offered while I was there, then after graduating from there began taking all the photography classes offered at Santa Barbara City College. Finally, after two years of dilly-dallying and taking classes for fun there, I decided it was time to fully invest in making photography my career path and applied to school at Brooks Institute, where I graduated with my BFA this past April.

Has it been a smooth road?
The road to where I’m at now definitely hasn’t been without its speed bumps. I’ve always had a passion for art and creativity in all mediums (primarily photography, music, and fashion/style), but figuring out how to take that creativity and apply it using the technical photography skills I was learning always took me a while. That’s where I think finally going to Brooks really helped me out- in finding that balance. They taught me a mind-blowing amount of technical skills while still urging me to develop my own personal style. It was tough, but so worth it.

What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?
I think the moment in my career that I’m most proud of so far is graduating from Brooks Institute. It was a tough program and, honestly, I was never really a great student, to begin with, so I’m just proud of the fact that I was able to pull through and finish.

Every story has ups and downs. What were some of the downs others might not be aware of?
Although I’ve definitely gotten better about it over time, I still constantly struggle with the fact that I can be incredibly shy at times and am just not a very forward person when it comes to putting myself out there. I’ve probably missed out on a lot of opportunities because I didn’t feel comfortable asking for it. With experience comes confidence, though, and it’s all definitely been building quicker than I thought!

What’s your outlook for the industry in our city?
Having grown up two hours north in Santa Barbara, I’ve always personally felt more connected to the broader range of styles that big cities like LA have to offer- the weirder the better in my opinion! There are just so many more connections and opportunities for me here that it’s been the perfect place for me to start my career.

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1 Comment

  1. Calla Gold

    October 15, 2016 at 20:15

    I’m liking his style!

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