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Meet Ethan Talby

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ethan Talby.

Ethan, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I actually started getting into photography by working on film sets. I was originally a script supervisor whose job was to make sure continuity in a narrative was correct and as such, I needed to take photos of props and actors. As time went on I would take more and more photos on set in between takes and started liking it far more than script supervising.

As time went on, I got better and better and moved from script supervisor to behind-the-scenes photographer, but around the end of 2018 is when I decided to branch out in my photography to better find my style which soon led to my Instagram handle change to @firm.palm.tree (laughter) Everyone thinks it’s a dirty joke but it’s just my Hebrew name translated into English.

Great, 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?
Oh, it definitely has not been smooth. (laughter) For one, finding work as a script supervisor was easy and paid well but as a photographer, it’s been more difficult due to the market being so saturated. People would consistently offer to pay me in exposure and a meal. But I’ve been growing and getting better at my craft which has yielded more clients.

Please tell us about Ethan Talby Photography.
I definitely specialize in portraits and in travel architecture. I’ve been blessed with being able to travel to a lot of countries around the globe and see some amazing sights and I absolutely love being able to capture and share them with people who don’t have that privilege.

I’m always most proud whenever my work is displayed somewhere. Whether it’s a profile picture on social media to a billboard on the east coast too, yes, multiple articles in Voyage LA. It makes me feel like I’ve captured that person in such a way that when they want to show who they are they use that photo.

What sets me apart is really how I work with my clients. I always strive to have a fun time while shooting and make everyone involved feel comfortable and open. I noticed that when doing this I am able to capture more honest expressions and create a stronger bond with my clients.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Ok, this might be a little weird but it was probably when I built a bed with my dad. I first met my father when I was 11 years old and on the first day I was staying over I asked him what we were going to do and he replied that we were going to make me a bed. So, no joke, we went out and bought a mattress, wood, screws, nuts, bolts, and then built a bed frame from scratch based on the dimensions of the mattress. I always remember that fondly.

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Lou Mancilla

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