Today we’d like to introduce you to Anthony Dias.
Anthony, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am a Southern California native. I grew up with a large family who has always been very supportive of my photography path. I started taking pictures early on but also had a huge passion for cars, especially classic car restoration. I decided to pursue photography as a career after I took an amazing intro to photography course at Chaffey College with Amy Caterina. After that, I attended the prestigious Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara where I achieved a BA in Commercial Photography. During school, I interned with fashion and celebrity photographer David LaChapelle from which I met several wonderful colleagues that I still work with today. After spending several years studying under fashion and celebrity photographers, I slowly transitioned into the automotive and lifestyle field of photography where I mentored under several of the great LA automotive advertising and lifestyle photographers and production companies, all the while shooting for various clients on my own. I then was offered the opportunity to be a photographer on the roster of Square Planet Media, a large video, and photography production company. Also, at the same time signing with photography agent, Kathee Toyama, a well-respected Los Angeles rep. I have had the pleasure of shooting for large clients such as Mercedes, Honda, Indian Motorcycles, BMW, Monari Italia, Hasbro, and Juice Crafters (a local juice bar) for advertising agencies all over the country. I am very excited about my future in photography and I am very happy and fortunate to be able to do what I love everyday. I have been married for 5 years to my lovely wife Cassandra and we have a 1-year-old son Aiden. We often go on little photography adventures and we love to travel.
Has it been a smooth road?
It has been a longer road than expected, but very rewarding because of all the moral support and encouragement from family and friends. A strong community is huge when you are pursuing any creative field. There are the struggles of student loan debt and staying vigilant in such a competitive industry. I have had incredible mentors and very hard working role models to follow.
What is the most difficult part of what you do?
The hardest part about my job is landing the project and the planning of the photoshoot. Once I feel comfortable with the pre-production, I look forward to having a blast on the shoot and that is always the case.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success for me is making my clients happy and having a great experience with the entire team along the way. I pursued photography because I love everything about it and it is not just a job for me. I thoroughly enjoy the challenge of making beautiful images helping to tell a story with my images.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I plan on continuing my journey as a commercial lifestyle and automotive photographer. I would love to work more globally and expand my network further across the country. I want to travel more and more for work, especially if I can bring my wife and son with me!
- Website: www.anthonydiasphoto.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: anthonydiasphotography
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnthonyDiasPhotography/