Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexander Slanger.
Alexander, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started taking photographs as a kid, starting off with my old disc camera and then moving on to my manual Pentax. I played in the darkroom throughout college and eventually moved into the digital age. I was asked to be a second shooter on a wedding several years ago , and that was the beginning of it all. I have shot throughout Europe, Kenya and Tanzania, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand. My wife and I have two little daughters now, so travel has been put on hold. I love photographing people, and I love lighting!
Has it been a smooth road?
It has by no means been a smooth ride. As I am sure is common with many photographers, marketing has been the great struggle. As we all know, you can be the greatest shooter, but if people do not see your images, you are out of luck. The struggle is real and it continues.
Do you feel luck has played a role in your life?
I’m never quite sure how to define luck, but if I have any, it is probably dumb. I was fortunate enough to meet my wife while walking up the stairs to the derby several years ago. Now we have two beautiful daughters and a lovely home in the valley. In regards to work, I think we have to create that “luck.” I see so many young, media savvy and S EO knowledgeable Fauxtography furs out there these days. Some of them tout how they first picked up a camera two years ago, and now are shooting international weddings. Social media has changed the game in so many ways, and you either learn how it works, or you don’t work. When I contact literally every company related to a specific business, and I get a handful of jobs from it, that is not luck. If luck is simply defined as being at the right place at the right time, then I guess it does happen on location. However, I can’t rely on that. it’s my job as a photographer to put out interesting work and attract other potential clients to my business.
Do you feel like there are certain traits that increase the likelihood of success?
As a photographer, I find that sympathizing and empathizing with the subject is critical to creating an interesting image. Unless I am dealing with a professional actor or model, more likely than not, the subject does not wish to be in front of my camera. If there is anything I can do to distract them, I will do it. There is nothing natural about being photographed. Just the other day I was working with a model, and I asked her to “show me what you think is your authentic smile.” To just ask someone to smile is not enough. Why should they smile? If I can get their mind off of what we are doing, we are both better off. I have one go-to joke, and I use it on every shoot. I ask the subject to say “knock knock,” then I say “who’s there?”, and when they looked puzzled because they don’t have a punchline, their reaction is typically my best image from the shoot. One has to have a sense of humor when shooting.
What do you love about our city and what do you dislike?
Access to so many different climates, Hollywood history, and farmers’ markets.
People always feeling rushed and running red lights.
- Website: www.slangerphotography.com
- Phone: 818.723.9349
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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