Today we’d like to introduce you to Korbin Bielski.
Korbin, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have been taking photos since I was 14, first picking up my mother’s Instamatic camera. My father nurtured my new found interested by buying me my own starter camera and then eventually buying me a professional SLR camera. I went to film school in Florida and immediately moved to L.A. upon graduation. I discovered quickly that being a PA on film sets was not for me. I have been through many ups and downs and many different career choices. After some soul searching, I decided to turn my photography hobby into a career.
Has it been a smooth road?
This has been one of the most difficult things I have ever done. I started when the economy was still down and photography was a luxury that people didn’t want to pay for. There were plenty of photographers out there making money, but for a brand new photographer starting out with nothing and learning how to build a photography business, it was very difficult. I have wanted to quit many times, but I kept pursuing my dream, I didn’t want to go back to a 9-5 job or job that I had no passion for. I wanted to work for myself, make my own schedule and live the life I have always dreamt of.
What’s the hardest part of your job?
Marketing and finding new clients has always been a challenge, as I’m sure it is for all businesses. The photography business is very saturated and competitive in L.A. , so it’s very important for your work to stand out and to give excellent service to everyone! The moment you get comfortable and think that clients are just going to come knocking on your door, is the moment you lose them to someone else. I thought there would come a point where I could just sit back and clients would just roll in, that is not the case! I have to always get my name out there, network, contact old clients, and look for new clients. As it turns out, it’s a good thing, it keeps my on my toes, keeps me striving for more and always learning all that’s new in my craft of photography.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success to me has always been so grand that it may actually be unobtainable… I always dream big in business and my personal life. I have always wanted a house in the Hollywood Hills, one in NY, one in Miami and two or three nice cars. But starting my own business has really humbled me, and made me reevaluate what is truly important. Which to me at this point is a creative career that I love, a nice place to live and the prospect of my own family. I am on my way to all of this, I’m a late bloomer and I started my career very late in my life, but I know it will all come together just the way It’s suppose to.
My career goals are to shoot for the biggest magazines, such as W Magazine, Vogue, V magazine, GQ as well as fashion lines, such as Gucci, Prada, and Guess and to photograph many celebrities, and of course to work with Madonna would be the pinnacle of my success. I also want to have a few coffee table books. This to me would define a well-rounded successful career.
I’m not going to lie, I still want a home in the Hills overlooking the city I love!
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I’m looking forward to meeting incredible new clients and people in the business. I also want to travel the world on assignments, shooting in the most incredible countries, villages and cities the world has to offer, this is part of the reason I started my photography business.
- Website: http://korbinbielskiphotography.com/
- Phone: 323.646.6702
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @korbinb
- Facebook: @korbinbielskiphotography