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Meet Sherman Oaks Photographer: Sam Hodges

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sam Hodges.

Sam, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started taking photos while in high school. I loved working with film and processing my images in the darkroom. Taking photos has always came very natural to me. The funny thing is I actually failed photography class. I loved taking photos but I hated doing the book work! I never really kept up with photography besides taking that one class in high school. After I graduated I decided to put my first film camera of my own on layaway. I’m not really sure what made me do this. It’s just something that kind of came to me. I worked very hard for that camera and ended up taking a class through the mail (online classes before they were popular). After I finished that program and received my degree I started interning and really just speaking with others who had the same interest. It wasn’t until years later that I decided to go to college for another degree. I grew up in Michigan and honestly making a living with photography wasn’t really a possibility unless you wanted to do family portraits and weddings. I decided… I wanted to move to LA and I was going to get this degree and just see what happens. I ended up landing a job. After a few months with this job, they asked me to move to LA to shoot images and do virtual tours of hotels for them. After I came out here everything just kind of fell into place for me. Things keep progressing and everything I use to think wasn’t really possible is becoming very real. I’ve only been here two and a half years so I’m looking forward to seeing what my future holds!!

Has it been a smooth road?
It has not been a smooth road at all. I think most people who do not have a wealthy family or know the correct people really struggle to make their dreams come true. Sometimes this struggle is what makes us more passionate I believe. I’ve run into issues with money, self-esteem, and lack of business skills. These are all things that have improved over the years but getting to where I am now, really took a lot of work and determination.

When you look back, what are you most proud of?
Honestly, the proudest moments of my career are happening right now. I’ve recently been published in a few magazines that I adore and I have a full-time job as a photographer that I love. I’m so excited for what the future holds. All the hard work I have put in is finally paying off and it’s only after I really started believing in myself.

Were there moments when you had to struggle?
There were definitely moments where I struggled. When I found out that my job wanted to transfer me to Los Angeles I knew that I would have to sacrifice a lot to make my way out here. I knew that things were not going to be easy for me but I was holding onto hope that the move would pay off for me. I think fear holds a lot of people back in life. Fear of failing, fear of being lonely, fear of change. These are all things you really have to concur. You will never give yourself the chance to be successful if you never take a chance. So that’s just what I did. The struggle was definitely worth the reward. I know there will be more struggles in my future but I am fully prepared for them and I’m ready to take them head on.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I really feel like Los Angeles is a great place to move for a career in photography. I’ve honestly had so much success here and I run into people everyday who are doing amazing things. I feel like most of the people here are driven, passionate, and know exactly what they want. It feels so great to surround yourself with artistic people. It gives you the strength to keep moving forward. I would definitely recommend starting out here as long as you know it’s going to take a lot of hard work and dedication. It’s definitely not easy but if you want something bad enough you will eventually get it.

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Image Credits:

Image 1 Model – Xaolynn Lee Stylist – Rashi Pinckney Makeup and Hair – Jalanis

Image 2 Model -Lyena Hironaka Makeup and Hair – Jalanis Photo Assistant – Gupta Vedant

Image 3 Model – Veronica Bridges Stylist – Rashi Pinckney Makeup Artist – Jalanis

Image 4 Model – Bruna Inocencio Agency – Hollywood Model Management Stylist – Sondra Choi Makeup and Hair- Jalanis Photo Assistant – Patrick Wilkinson

Image 5 Model – Jocelyn Nickel Agency – Nous Model Management Stylist – Tiffany Mustich Makeup and Hair- Jalanis Photo Assistant – Patrick Wilkinson

Image 6 Model – Countess Makeup and Hair – Kenzie Gregg Bow – Sarah Viscera

Image 8 Model – Xaolynn Lee Stylist – Rashi Pinckney Makeup and Hair – Jalanis

Image 9 Model – Veronica Bridges Stylist – Rashi Pinckney Makeup Artist – Jalanis

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