Today we’d like to introduce you to Lamont Roberson.
Lamont, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
In high school, I stopped playing basketball & I just needed something else to do. At first, I started getting interest in photography by landscape shots I would randomly see and I was skating with friends and we always wanted to get footage or dope pictures. When I was 16 I took a class and fell in love instantly. My teacher Mr. Lee. He gave me extra trust more than the other kids and would even let me take cameras home to use at the skatepark or for projects. Doing that for me I think spark and keep me motivated to keep shooting honestly.
Fast forward I graduate at 18, I was able to purchase my first camera a Canon T3i basic as can be but I loved the hell outta it. After a while shooting skate homies a lady friend asked me to take pictures of her for her birthday and that moment, that got me intrigued into shooting people, hitting up models, pretty friends that would give me a chance to learn. Got a whole lot of no’s cause it’s like who’s this guy!? For one and I had no work to back myself up. Over time it started working. I got better and landed an internship at Arsenic Magazine and eventually one of their family photographers. That got my foot in the door of working with top models and also getting a lot of early on experience working on websites and blogs for magazines.
While working for a couple of years for Arsenic I did a lot of freelance work for brands/artists/magazines in between working full time as a Special Needs Instruction Assistant for Mod/Severe Autism. I always been invested in serving especially since my mother was a counselor as I was kid. After graduating high school I immediately started working at one making ends meet to help support my art.
During these times it was definitely tough at times. I deal with chronic depression since I was seven years old and from late 2016-2018 I lost a lot of my interests and would have a hard time shooting and would be halted by my own personal battles. I wouldn’t be motivated and honestly just thought I wasn’t worthy of continuing my craft.
After in-home therapy and a lot of support from friends I was able to continue to work and build my confidence up.
Once the fuel to the flame came I was able to keep going and be able to start shooting film again like when I first started and made me fall in love with photography again it became fun.
Eventually, over time I was able to land clients such as Nike, Footlocker, Chinatown Market, Interscope Records, Warner Records, Billboard, Rolling Stones, Complex including working alongside artists Gallant, 6lack, Tyler the Creator, Sabrina Claudio, Goldlink, & Ginuwine. Recently I was able to go on tour for six weeks with Gallant and travel. Currently working on a table book, photo book and a solo art show!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It hasn’t been a smooth road, definitely some bumps in road. I suffer from chronic depression since I was seven and it comes in waves where I’m just lost in my own thoughts. Self-doubt, hatred, worthlessness and it’s been at points I didn’t wanna be here. Only photography and music keep me motivated and gives me a purpose. A couple of years ago I sparked up 350 lbs and just lost myself. Eventually bouncing back and losing 120lbs in two years. And In 2018 I was on work leave for two months and couldn’t leave my place cause I was so depressed and just an underlying surface of sadness. Over the course, I been able to read my triggers, how to prevent myself from going a hole and keeping myself motivated and happy. I can say this is the happiest, healthiest and most relieved I’ve felt in my life. All thanks to staying nose Deep in my art, my few good friends and guidance.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I’m a photographer, I specialize in editorial, portrait, fashion, and touring photography. I’m pretty all around but I’m known for my fashion/portrait work. I have to say I’m most proud of when I got my work on Billboard and Rolling Stones I wanted to cry. I say what sets me apart from others is I’m a realist. What you see is what you get. I try to pose my subjects off their body language and not direction so much. So I try to read them as I’m talking to them. Dissecting everything. I feel like I have a lot of tangibles and there’s more I feel I can bring out
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I wouldn’t do anything differently, I feel as if this is all supposed to happen the way it should.
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