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Meet G L Askew II

Today we’d like to introduce you to G L Askew II.

G L, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’m originally from Atlanta. I moved to Los Angeles over 15 years ago with the dream of becoming a successful photographer. Early on, I worked a number of odd jobs. Everything from restaurant to retail. Eventually, I landed some jobs working and assisting for some very prominent photographers and directors within the industry and things sort of begin to take off from there.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I think anyone who strives to pursue any goal of significance, will tell you that there are definitely challenging times. Situations that come about where you’ll certainly question yourself and your commitment towards the task. Things like money or lack thereof. Failed friendships and relationships. Probably the hardest thing to overcome is your own self. The limiting beliefs, the self-doubt. The comparison to others and where you are.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m a freelance commercial photographer. I mainly know for photograph portraits of musicians and athletes, I’ve worked with people like Dr. Dre, Mac Miller, Usian Bolt. As well as occasionally shooting celebrities, various documentary projects, etc.

The thing I can say I’m most proud of about my business is that I’m still here creating and more committed than ever. This industry can be a tough competitive field there’s no doubt about that. Every industry, be it creative or white collar professional. We can experience moments of burnout or circumstances that seem overwhelming, but I for me I’m glad to have had the chance to rethink philosophies I once held onto as to what I initially thought success meant. Updated perspectives which have helped me achieve a newer outlook towards moving forward.

I’d like to say one of the main things that sets me apart from others has been my ability to blend. I’m consistently complimented on the fact that subjects rarely know I’m there in the room. Which has had the capacity to be both a blessing and a curse. For me, the photographer my strengths and interest are you the subject. Hence I want nothing more than for you to be your complete self. However, within that same concept, I’m also after a collaborative experience, so the next step for me as an artist is erring towards the stance of being more direct than elusive. In an attempt to showcase more of both myself as well as any person or project that I’m shooting. And I’m happy for that — That always challenge of more growth.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Who deserves credit? — everyone deserves credit …parents, family and friends. Past lovers, past employers. My agent, my subjects,……clients!!! — they all deserve the credit. They all play a role. Sometimes it’s a willing ear, sometimes it’s a pat on the back, …..sometimes it’s a kick in the ass –or hell even a diss…lol. It’s all serves you in the end. For me at this stage in my career. I’m constantly thinking how all the scenarios and scenes are constantly showcasing things to me that are completely here to serve me. And I’m so grateful. I could write pages and pages about all the people who have helped me live out this dream I’m living today.

Contact Info:

  • Website: www.gla2.com
  • Phone: 323 369 1271
  • Email: gla@gla2.com
  • Instagram: @glaskewII
  • Twitter: @glaskewII


Image Credit:
All Photography G L Askew II

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