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Meet Sherman Oaks Photography Director: Adriaan Kirchner

Today we’d like to introduce you to Adriaan Kirchner.

Adriaan, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
When I was a kid my dad gave me a VHS camera for my birthday. Ever since then I’ve been fascinated by the art of capturing images. I packed my car and moved to Los Angeles from Florida in 2009. The first couple years out here were the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, but all the work has paid off. I now own my own production company, have gained the ability to buy all the cameras I used to dream of and have worked and collaborated with some amazing creatives and companies. I’ve shot and directed music videos with Jamie Foxx, Nicole Scherzinger, Snoop Dogg, and more.

Has it been a smooth road?
Absolutely not! Paying rent and eating were tough…but luckily I had a great living situation with a group of friends and I found work on the side as a server to pay the bills. Never think you’re too good for something!

Do you feel luck has played a role in your life?
“Luck” has played a huge part of my career…however, I’m not a huge supporter of that word. For me, it’s about surrounding yourself with the right people and putting yourself in the right place. I think it’s about putting the energy of the things you want out in the world, if you can do that right, then things will naturally just start to happen.

Do you feel like there are certain traits that increase the likelihood of success?
Genuinely wanting to be different, holding true to what you say you can do for the client, and being fun to work with!

What do you love about our city and what do you dislike?
Los Angeles is an amazing place if you can organize your life in the right fashion. The amount of different kind of people, food, and landscapes all in one city is amazing…but I hate the traffic…Who doesn’t?

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