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Meet Hermosa Photographer: Remy Haynes

Today we’d like to introduce you to Remy Haynes.

Remy, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I got my Commercial Photography degree at the Art Institute of Seattle after a long time love affair with my Pentax K1000 and never looked back. I was fortunate enough to graduate right when the internet was becoming popular and companies everywhere needed images shot for this new thing called, ‘the web.’ I was hired immediately at a creative agency trying to break into the online sales arena and they asked me to open and run a photo studio for them. 2 years later I was supervising five other photographers shooting product. Realizing quickly that I loved photographing moving (and smiling) objects better I quit to assist other photographers. I spent the next two years assisting every type of photographer I could to garner working knowledge of lighting, lenses and dealing with clients. The experience I gained and the mentors I made those two years was invaluable. I spent the next year creating my own photoshoots with local hair/makeup artists and stylists also needing to build their portfolios. I slowly transitioned into shooting my own work after a good two years of transition. I started slowly by shopping my portfolio by the smaller design firms in the local Seattle area. Some took a chance on me and I was hired for small advertising campaigns for Bank of America, Nintendo and Coca-Cola. I added those images to my portfolio and started shopping it to some of the smaller advertising agencies in Seattle. I also started a mailing campaign, that I still do today, that reaches the entire USA. My friends have always teased me about how consistently I advertise, but I think it’s been very helpful to my success. It has now been over ten years that I have been lucky enough to continue to be freelance and continue to shoot advertising campaigns, not just in Seattle now but worldwide.

Has it been a smooth road?
Being a freelance person in any creative career is not a smooth road. There is an ebb and flow to each year or even month. One minute you’re raking in the clients left and right and the next minute you might be eating Top Ramen for a couple months. It is not for the faint of heart. You have to be driven, consistent and you must have a thick skin. Some people will love your portfolio and some people won’t give you the time of day. You have to brush yourself off again after rejection and start again. It’s a nice reminder to stay humble and to always hustle.

Any predictions for the industry over the next few years?
I think the photo industry has shifted a lot in the last 5-10 years because of the popularity of social media and the advent of better prosumer cameras and iPhones. It’s put a camera in everyone’s hands. This has made thousands of images available at the tap of a finger. So, while this may have affected the uniqueness of a beautiful photograph it has also brought photography as a way to sell to the forefront of people’s minds. So, I think this trend will continue. I think some people who over post will be weeded out and lose gusty, hopefully, so that the market isn’t too saturated. We may even see a backlash to always being ‘plugged in’ and get to a place where we see better quality and less ‘junk.’ I think we will continue to see the trend of connecting but hopefully more in real person and real time. I also like the trend of highlighting the struggles of a small, or unique business. We can see ourselves in these real people trying to make their dreams come true. Advertising has become more honest. I’d sure like to see that continue.

Has there been a particular challenge that you’ve faced over the years?
Being inspired. Keeping up my marketing. Breathing through the slow times and finding the motivation to reinvent myself and keep continuing on. There is pressure, as an artist, to always be doing something better than you did before. It’s difficult to always find the inspiration to stretch myself and learn, but I do it, every time because I love my life and I love what I do.

What would you tell someone who is just starting out?
Be aggressive in your communication and marketing efforts. Always be creating something. Know social media like the back of your hand and why it’s important. Get mentors! Seek out people you can riff with, learn from and complain too. Friends in this business are crucial. Find your groove and don’t give up.

Contact Info:

  • Website: www.remyhaynes.com
  • Phone: 310-848-3997
  • Email: remy@remyhaynes.com
  • Instagram: remyhaynesphoto
  • Facebook: Remy Haynes Photography
  • Other: Remy Haynes on Linkedin & Vimeo

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