Photo Interview with Kevin Maher

Number of years as a photographer – my whole life

Claim to Fame – Not sure if I have one…If I had to guess it would be that I’m awesome with people and I’m all about having fun.

How long have you known Sonja – a few years

What photo equipment do you use today?
I use 7Ds and I have a backup 60D just incase something happens to my primary bodies. My lens stable includes a 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM (great for wedding portraits and candid shots), 24-70 f/2.8L IS USM (I like the versatility of this lens), 50mm f/1.4 (fantastic bokeh and super sharp for portraits and candid shots), and an 8mm f/3.5 for funky angles and I also produce virtual tour panoramic images with this lens.

How did you begin your photo career?
 I started as a food photographer for local restaurants and still take food shots for restaurants around this area. I was approached by a friend to shoot her wedding and that got me hooked into photographing people as well. I’ve now become busy with weddings, family shoots, engagements, baby shoots and other types of jobs like corporate head shots, real estate virtual tours and property photography.

Favorite thing about photography?
I love that photography is an interpretation of the photographers view of the world around them. From a simple street shot to an elaborate wedding portrait, the photographer capturing that moment has creative control of how everyone else will view that moment. It’s an art form that is fulfilling, rewarding, gratifying and can be appreciated for generations.

Ways to land a job as a professional or freelancer?
Network network network. Photography is all about who you know. The more you network in person or via social networks, the better chance you have at finding new business. You never know who you will meet and if they will need your services or more importantly, who THEY may know that need your services!!

What is your favorite photo hanging in your house?
A photo of my daughter sitting on our living room floor when she was 4 months old. It’s pretty much just her face on a very large canvas.

Do you prefer film or digital?
Depending on what I’m shooting but 99% of what I photograph is done digitally.

Coolest place you have taken a photograph?
I would have to say Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. It’s absolutely gorgeous.

How do you organize and store your photos?
After a shoot I download the images to my laptop. I immediately burn a copy of that job to DVD so I have all the working originals backed up. I also don’t delete the images off the card until I’ve backed the originals up to my server. I have several external hard drives and a main server that acts as the mothership. It’s a 10tb Raid 5 server that has the last few years of images on it.

Give us some photo tips!
Photography is all about light and composition. Use light in different ways. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try things that may not work or may not look “good”. Some of the most interesting photos can be of everyday objects but it’s the way the photo is composed, lit and exposed that makes the photograph.

Check Him Out! – http://www.sevensetstudios.com

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