Today we’d like to introduce you to Chris Horne.
Chris, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started my venture in 2012 Tallahassee, Florida as an art student doing work for Florida State as well as Florida A&M. During this time I was shooting public and private events, large galas for the city, weddings, family shoots, the whole nine yards. In 2013, I realized I really didn’t like shooting event-based jobs so I slowly drifted away from that. As 2014 hit I was no longer shooting event-based jobs and I started shooting more portrait sessions. 85% models and 15% any other style of portraiture. Once 2015 hit, I move from Tallahassee to Los Angeles to begin a serious and concentrated career in what I like to call “entertainment photography.” So basically I focus my time and expertise with individuals within the entertainment business. Models, actors, musicians, dancers and the industry professionals.
Has it been a smooth road?
No, It has not been a smooth road however, it has been the best learning experience. When I started I had the typical help of family and close friends then that suddenly shied away as I continued my journey. 2013 was my least favorite year as a photographer. I wasn’t getting the jobs that I wanted and I watched as other colleagues who started the same time I did progress much faster in the industry than I did. I got turned down from almost every agency I tried to submit my work too and I was not receiving t support from my fans as much as the colleagues were from theirs. What even hurt worse were colleagues that learned photography from me progressed ahead of me. However, all of these experiences taught me concentration, confidence, and perseverance. I think all of that makes me the photographer I am today. I don’t fear any job, I’m confident that I can perform my job 110% and I know that a “no” is not the end all be all.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and career?
I’m not a “luck” type of so it doesn’t affect me like it would some. However, I believe in ‘moments.’ Being in the right moment to me has made s big impact of the advancement of my career.
Do you feel like there are certain traits that increase the likelihood of success?
Being “realistic.” I’m always real with clients and colleagues. I feel people are always “putting on” in Los Angeles and I have a southern upbringing so hospitality and “realness” helps me engage more with the people I encounter which helps with my success.
Tell us about your favorite and least favorites things about our city.
I love Los Angeles with a passion. The best thing I like is the beach. I’m a beach type of guy. I’ve been to South Beach and other beaches around Florida but, is like to say Venice and Santa Monica are much more entertaining. My least favorite thing about Los Angeles is the travel for all of my friends and family and the misconceptions. I know it’s not a trait of Los Angeles but this is one that bothers me more than traffic, smog and earthquakes.
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