May 16, 2017
My Interview With Professional Photographer, Matthew David Parker
What Is It Like To Be A Professional Photographer?
In today’s fast-paced world, using technology to make a living has become almost second nature. We use our computers, phones, and even cars while we are at work. For a photographer, the camera plays the leading role. I have often wondered what it is like to look at the world through the camera lens, and even better, to then make money from the things you have seen. So, I contacted Matthew David Parker, a professional photographer, and asked him a few questions that would shed some light on the mysterious art of photography.
Q: What is your favorite camera that you like to use when you’re taking pictures?
A: I use a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR. Canon has always made my favorite cameras.
Q: What is your favorite city to visit to take photographs in it?
A: I have photographed many beautiful places, but if I had to pick a favorite, I would say Paris, France. There is something about the ambiance and the people that live there. It gives the photos an extra pop of dimension.
Q: Have you taken pictures of any celebrity?
A: Yes, though I do not like to boast about that sort of thing. I like to stay professional and part of that is mutual respect between you and your subject.
Q: Do you like taking pictures of landscapes?
A: Yes, I do. Landscapes are one of my favorite photos to take. It is very calming and serene. Nature is one of the best places to take photos because the beauty comes so naturally.
Q: What type of camera that you use when you take pictures of buildings?
A: I still use my Canon 5D, I take it with me everywhere I go because you never know when you might see something brilliant. I do have a lot of different lens for my camera though, so I would probably pick a lens that could capture the depth of the building.
Q: Have you ever won any awards for taking pictures?
A: Not yet, but I would be honored. I have had my work displayed in various public buildings, and in various publications. Having the opportunity to have my work seen by so many people is an award in itself.
Q: Would you like to take pictures of Jennifer Lopez and President Donald J. Trump?
A: Sure. As an artist, I am always looking for the next subject for my photos. I keep an open mind when it comes to the possible opportunities. It would be a dream to work with Jennifer Lopez, I have always enjoyed her music.
Q: What are your goals as a photographer?
A: My number one goal would be to be a photographer that travels the world. I want to take pictures of all types of countries and people.
Q: Would you like to be an author writing contributor for my website entitled money and technology?
A: Yes, I would like that. You just let me know when and where.
Q: How do you prepare to take photographs of the very famous people around the world?
A: To prepare I make a short list of ideas to start with. That way, the client has time to loosen up and get comfortable in front of the camera. It always takes a few minutes to get into the groove of things, so I try to start with the easier poses. I do not like to prepare too much though because once you are in the studio, all of that will change. Photography is a living, breathing art form, I do not want to stifle my creativity with lists. The one thing I MUST do before a session is to meditate the night before. Coming to work as relaxed as possible is the best way to prepare.
So there you have it, folks, straight from a professional photographer. It seems like a very glamorous life. Since the interview, I have taken up photography as my newest hobby. I bought a camera, which was much more affordable than I thought it would be. I don’t plan on becoming a professional like Matthew, but it definitely makes for a great hobby. Until next time.