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Rising Stars: Meet Rob Cannon

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

Hi Rob, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
My beginnings stemmed from my childhood, I remember literally begging my grandmother for her old Kodak Instamatic.. and she relented. I would waltz around the neighborhood capturing photos of my friends, family, objects, whatever… One realization that just hit me was that I was actually a photographer before I was even a photographer… Looking back at old family photos, I am not in them, this is because I have always been on the other side of the lens…

I got to the place that I am now, honestly out of practicality and wit.. that is not to sound audacious..

I used to work in production, and that is when I purchased my second camera– a Nikon D3200, to cut costs for the artists that I managed.

It was not long before family and friends would start to reach out to me to capture footage for events, my first paid gig was a wedding– a close friend of mine offered to pay me $400, I of course agreed…

Shortly after, I sat and had a conversation with myself, *a very brief one* and looked at the situation practically–I looked at where I currently was, working endless hours in a warehouse and managing artists fruitlessly. I decided to capitalize off the fact that I had the opportunity to work at a career in the arts… and I took it… and honestly have not looked back since.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I will not say that has not been a gut-wrenching story of pain, I will not say that.

Honestly, my biggest challenge was finding my niche. When I first picked up my camera, I would literally capture anything–just for the sake of capturing anything. Over the years, I have found a confidence in capturing the footage that best speaks to me, which I am best able to deliver. Which is beauty/editorial photography. And as a result, I have been able to better deliver marketing for this said style of photography which draws in clients from across the US that I can make feel beautiful.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a beauty/editorial photographer.

I am most proud of the studio that I have build to hone in on that craft. I am able to wake up everyday and create magic.

Let’s talk about our city – what do you love? What do you not love?
My favorite thing about St. Louis, MO is how spirited it is, I would say that logistically speaking, we are underdogs–however we have so much grit. I also do not feel limited, I do not feel like the fact that we are a smaller city has stifled my growth in the slightest… in fact–I have grown beyond anything that I could have fathomed when I first embarked upon this path.

My least favorite thing about St. Louis, MO is uhhhh… ummmm–I honestly do not have an adequate response… I guess I could say the weather is pretty unpredictable.

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