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Meet San Fernando Valley Photographer: Curt Sletten

Today we’d like to introduce you to Curt Sletten.

Curt, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I fell in love with photography while serving in the Army. I was stationed in Germany, and for a wedding present, my parents bought my new wife and me a nice camera. I did a lot of traveling there, and the camera was with us all the time. After the Army while at Cal State Northridge I kept shooting. Mostly friends doing nothing. I liked these candid shots because they portrayed my friends in their natural state, the way I was used to seeing them. In 2006 I decided to take my photography to the next level. I was a pilot with a small plane and with the love of aviation tried my hand and aerial photography with some success, but as it turned out, when people saw my work in aerial photography, for some reason, I started getting calls from friends and their friends for actor headshots, and that started it all. Now in addition to headshots, I do family portraits, event photography, weddings and music performance photography. I think the thing that people like most about photo sessions with me and my wife and partner, Linda, is the relaxed feeling during the sessions. Many times they come in after being on the freeway in traffic, unsure of what to expect, and sometimes even little nervous. This is not the mood you want to convey in a photo. Linda and I sit and chat for a while to find out about the client and help them relax. By the time we take our first picture, everyone is smiling, relaxed, and having a good time. We’ve been told many times after a photo session how much fun everyone had.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has been a fairly smooth road for me. The biggest challenge was finding my style, and trying different areas of photography that I felt at home with. It’s a winding road from aerial photography to portrait photography, but the journey has been fun.

Another challenge, of course, was to develop a sense of how photos should look. In the beginning, I had a hard time deciding what a good photo was – to me. Now when I look at a picture, I can say what I do like and don’t like and why.

So, what should we be on the lookout for, what’s next in store for you?
I’m planning a series of photos that feature many of the great musicians – particularly older ones – in L.A. Many of them led a life that no longer exists, and their pictures and stories are fascinating.

What about “Wow-moments” – any moments that stick out? Any moments when you felt like you had made it?
The first time most photographers get that wow feeling is when they see their work published in a magazine or an exhibit. Although what I do is generally not for publication, I have had several photos published and it’s nice to see one’s work in a new setting.

Contact Info:

  • Website: http://curtsletten.photography
  • Phone: 818.429.1354
  • Email: curt@sletten.com

 

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1 Comment

  1. Nelson Payne

    August 25, 2017 at 00:23

    Paid your dues many times over, Curt. Great to see your talents appreciated in this way. Greater that you can share this joy with Linda by your side like I have with my wife, Frieda. Keep your f-stops open and your shutter speeds swift. Congrats my friend.

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