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Meet West LA Photographer: Rob Clark

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rob Clark.

Rob, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve lived here in California for just over 3 years now, with my wife Hanna. I grew up on the east coast of Maryland so some of the beach culture was sort of a homecoming for me. I moved from Maryland to Colorado in 2009 and met my wife almost right away. Photographically I have studied many different types of photography over the years. From a photojournalistic and sports photography start, shooting for the student section of The Daily Times in Salisbury, MD to weddings to what I primarily shoot now, are headshots, portraits, and fine art. I specialize in high-end headshots and portraits. I have photographed landscapes for many years, but just recently started displaying and selling finished pieces.

Has it been a smooth road?
Being a photographer relies heavily on word of mouth to build up clients familiar with your work. Having relocated multiple times in the recent past has definitely made that difficult. I am also a full-time student pursing my bachelor’s degree so the time constraints can be difficult. My goal is to make up for the limited network history with putting out the absolute best quality work I can.

What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?
I recently had a small gallery exhibition event here in Venice/West LA. A co-worker of my wife stopped by and she and her husband were taken with one of the pieces and bought it on the spot. That was pretty amazing. My other favorite moments are when I first speak to a client about headshots. I try my very best to provide the absolute best art I can at any moment so when it’s appreciated, it means the world to me.

Every story has ups and downs. What were some of the downs others might not be aware of?
Moving around the country so much has afforded my opportunities, perhaps at the cost of building a significant word of mouth. Much of my time in photography has been prior to the emergence of the social media powerhouses that allow artists to reach out wide rather easily. As my wife’s career blossoms here in LA, we are finally starting to put down real roots so I look forward to getting to know more and more about the communities here.

What’s your outlook for the industry in our city?
Los Angeles is a tough place to start out, or it can be the easiest place in the world. Nowhere are there more people that want and need to be photographed, save a few places. That said, the competition is fierce. I am constantly learning new techniques and refining styles and processes I currently use. If you are devoted and committed to the craft, it’s great. From a landscape perspective, many places can be good. LA is great because here, there are plenty of people that appreciate art. The hard part is getting your art in front of them.

From an improvement standpoint, I wouldn’t mind seeing the restrictions on still photographers eased up slightly in some areas. At times permits and things can overwhelm costs for a small business trying to execute high-end art for other small, up and coming artists.

Pricing:

  • Headshots 4-pack – 2 Commercial / 2 Theatrical – Studio / On-Location – $299
  • Fine-Art Landscape & Nature Photography – 1st printing collection available

Contact Info:

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