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Meet Nathan Tecson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nathan Tecson.

Nathan, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I remember, in the ancient days of social media, checking notifications on MySpace and seeing photos of my favorite bands on their profiles. In my 15-year-old mind, I realized that there was some creative person behind the camera that took those amazing photos that shaped my youth. That sparked my curiosity about photography.

My friends taught me how to use a camera, YouTube taught me how to set up photo sessions, test shoots taught me how to interact with people, and social media helped me connect with others with the same interests. After shooting and meeting passionate people for nine years, I’m now creating album artwork for amazing musicians along with other unique portraits for people in entertainment.

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?
If I could say anything to my younger self, I’d say “Speak up. You have good ideas.” My struggle usually centered around confidence. I was unsure of whether there was a place for my work/my voice or if there was room to share my ideas.

Stepping into an industry like photography/entertainment can be intimidating, but any decision made out of fear is usually the wrong one. I’ve learned, and in some ways am still learning, how to dismiss the fear and move forward boldly with my work.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I have a passion for people. The message behind my Instagram, Bring Out The Gold, is a message to others as well as a reminder to myself. Taking a photo of someone is a way of saying, “You’re worth knowing.” I believe people are valuable and capturing someone’s portrait is my way of showing them how valuable they are and a reminder of the gold within them.

In a busy city like LA, it’s common to feel excluded. It’s strange how easy it is to feel lonely in a crowded room. When I get the opportunity to sit with someone and have a vulnerable interaction like taking their photo, it’s something that I value very much. It’s a way of fostering community and real, genuine human interaction despite being in a city where it’s common to feel isolated.

I’m in photography because I believe in the unique way that it connects people; that connection has the power to change the world, even if it starts with just one person.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
My proudest moment was two years ago, the afternoon I left my day job to work as a freelance photographer full-time. It was an amazing company to work for with a dream team, but it was time to say goodbye and pursue my dream. I have no regrets.

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