Photography is such a challenging and beautiful career choice. For some, it comes naturally but for others, it takes practice to develop their unique styles. Nevertheless, what comes out of it can usually leave most of us breathless. Recently, I had the honor to interview professional photographer Matthew David Parker and learned a little bit about his journey into photography.
When did you realize photography was your calling?
The realization came to me slowly. I didn’t know what kind of career I wanted, I tried different jobs but nothing really stuck. I wanted a job that would make me happy. I didn’t think of photography as an option at first, it was just a hobby. I liked taking photos around the city on my down time.
New York was my home and I saw beauty all over the city. So I started taking photos of it. It inspired me to pick up a camera. Then it all just flowed from there.
What was the first photo that you took that made you realize that this was the path you wanted to take?
It was a photo of New York City at night. All the lights lit up in the buildings. It was beautiful, and satisfying because I had taken this photo. From then on I was hooked.
What are your favorite types of photos to take?
I particularly like cityscapes. I am a fan of the buildings’ geometric shapes and the stark look of the buildings. Photos of celebrations are also a lot of fun. I like capturing moments of happiness and there is a lot of that at a party, wedding or festival.
Did photography come naturally to you or did you have a lot of trial and errors?
I think there was a bit of trial and error, yes. At first, it was hard for me to decide on a subject. As time went on though it became second nature.
What’s some advice you’d give to someone who’s just starting out in photography?
I would tell them to just get out there and explore. Take pictures of everything. Play with different angles and subjects. Eventually, you will find your personal style.
Do you have any simple tips that could help bring a novice’s photos to life?
Sure. Plan your framing. Make sure everything is balanced in the photo. Also look for where the light is and use that to your advantage. You can angle yourself so that the light is hitting the subject making it look better on camera.
What are some of your favorite photo accessories? (camera, lights, etc.)
A portable flash is always good for low lit areas. Especially if you are taking pictures inside. Also, a tripod is a good accessory to have.
If you could only pick one camera to use for the rest of your career, what would it be?
I would use a Canon 5D, that’s the camera I use now. I love it.
Where can people see your work/find you?
You can find me online, just type in Matthew David Parker Photography.
Anything you’d like to share about your journey from just starting out to where you are now?
Ya, it has been quite a journey let me tell you. I started out just like any kid, not really knowing what I wanted as a career. But I just followed my heart and it ended up leading me to photography. Now I am happy to say I have a successful career, a house, great friends, and a life that I am proud of.
I want to personally thank Matthew David Parker for answering my questions. As someone who is just starting out learning the ends and outs of photography, I think this interview inspired me to just keep trying. You can find more information about Matthew David Parker on his website.
Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a "sponsored post." The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."