The MISSBISH Photography Workshop | VisualsByPierre
DateMay 15, 2017
Location: New York City
Style: Fashion, lifestyle and landscape
Equipment: Canon 1DXii 50mm 1.2
How did you get into photography?
I got into photography after i graduated from college. I studied TV and film at St. John’s University, picked up a DSLR to make short films and ended up falling in love with taking photos.
Can you tell us about your first experience(s)?
My first experience with photography was probably around the time when disposable cameras first came out, and my sisters would ask me to take photos of them.
Most agree that photography is all about capturing that moment. What’s your secret?
I definitely agree with that – it is all about capturing the moment. My secret is just to act on that feeling you get in your stomach that tells you, “you need to get this shot, don’t let this moment pass.” It sharpens over time, but i think everyone has had that feeling before.
Tell us the story behind one of the most memorable shots you’ve taken.
One of my most memorable shots I’ve taken was of Taraji P. Henson. I’m not into taking “paparazzi” type photographs of celebrities because it’s often at a time in which they don’t want their photo taken, and I like to respect people’s privacy, but in this particular instance I was away for work in the British Virgin Islands and she was hosting a getaway weekend there. We met, built a really good rapport, so when we had a yacht day she asked me to take some photos and I was more than down. We had a really good time and it was cool to capture her having fun.
“One of my most memorable shots I’ve taken was of Taraji P. Henson. We had a really good time and it was cool to capture her having fun.”
What is a constant source of inspiration for you as a photographer?
Travel for me is a huge inspiration. Combined with the energy of New York City, they kind of go hand in hand for me. Being able to see new places, and then look back at my city with a new lens, always sparks creativity.
To date, who has been your greatest influence/mentor and what have you learned from them that you still carry with you till this day?
That’s kind of tough, I never had a mentor. There was always something innate in me that drove me to get to where I wanted to be, and I was willing to do my own research to find out how to get there. But I will say a few people who inspire me would be my good friend Joe Cavallini, who showed me I could live outside of the conventional 9-5 world that I lived in prior to doing photography full time. The fashion maven Claire Sulmers, who showed me that being your own boss was a reality, and YouTube filmmaker Casey Neistat, who showed me through his videos that hard work, dedication and consistency build dreams.
Can you give our readers 2-3 photography tips?
Learn all the technical aspects of photography and then constantly manipulate the status quo. Create an effective and fast workflow, clients need things ASAP, even when they don’t constantly seek creativity through other art forms.
Finish the sentence…
If I weren’t afraid, I would… Even when I am afraid I still do anything I want, lol.
I wouldn’t be where I am today if… I didn’t get fired from my 9-5 job.
I’ve been listening to... Future.
Kids these days… are ushering a new era of creativity and how we live our lives.
I look and feel my best when… I got my locs done, and got on a fresh fit lol.
When no one is looking, I… .secretly snapchat/IG story peoples’ faces and zoom in.
Traveling… makes me feel whole.
I respect… anyone who tries.