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Meet Travis Geter

Today we’d like to introduce you to Travis Geter.

Travis, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I honestly kinda fell into photography. I mean, photography has always been my favorite art form, but never in a million years would I have thought I’d be a photographer in LA and actually booking work. It’s kinda insane! I moved to LA in June of 2014 trying to figure to what I’m going to do with my life. I worked as a visual merchandising manager and hated every day of it.

At the time, I was posting heavy on Instagram, snapping pics of architecture and scenery with my phone. I started to get a lot of recognition from what I was doing. I entered and won photography contests from the pictures I was taking. I even had people in my DMs reaching out wanting to shoot with me. I didn’t have the heart to tell them I didn’t have a camera. I ended up buying a camera for my 33rd birthday.

I taught myself how to shoot, how to edit pictures in photoshop. I reached out to other photographers looking for a mentor and eventually started working my now friend, Jean-Claude Vorgeack. He gave me a chance and showed me the ropes of shooting in a studio. A little while after, I decided to quit my job and pursue photography full-time. It was crazy, but it gave me time to hone my skills and focus on what was making me happy.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Definitely hasn’t been a smooth road. The biggest challenge was just starting over in a new city, across the country from pretty much everyone I know. I also quit the job I had for ten years. I gave up a good, steady income and benefits, but I was miserable and wanted more for myself.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Portrait and fashion photographer, specifically men’s fitness and men’s fashion. I’m also working on an ongoing photo series that explore the complexities of the black man called “Shades.” Essentially, “Shades” is showing positive images of black men juxtaposed against different shades of the color blue.

What were you like growing up?
I’ve always been creative and into the arts since I was really young. Straight A student until I got to high school. I HATED high school. I played the trumpet in the marching band, that was literally the only thing I liked about high school. I questioned everything. Read a lot. Definitely had a quest for knowledge that carried over into adulthood.

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