Ep. 010: Clay Cook | Be Inspired Photography Podcast
Portrait and fashion photographer Clay Cook on the Be Inspired Photography Podcast.
In this week’s show, we chat to portrait and fashion photographer Clay Cook about how he got started in the industry, mixing natural and artificial light and what steps you should take to define your own, unique style of photography.
Clay Cook’s Bio:
I listen to Lady Gaga and Lamb Of God. I love to blog.
I’ve always connected to people through language, art, film, music and creativity. I started performing music with 4 friends on stages and local clubs at the age of 16. By the age of 24, our act “(intheclear)” had grown to sell over 20,000 records and toured all across the nation.
Over the course of that musical career, I not only honed the craft of recording and performing live, but also graphic design and video editing. By the time the band split in 2010, I had designed hundreds of flyers, edited many photos and cut up tons of video footage. People started to pay me to do the same for them and my creative career flourished.
It wasn’t until December of 2010; I received my first DSLR camera as a gift. My love for photography blindsided me and began to snowball over everything in its path. I began shooting all in sight, from people and animals to beautiful landscapes; I wanted to capture it all. I’ve been blessed to know many creative people from all walks of life and have learned to mould and shape my vision of photography through their inspiration. And, many late nights on YouTube.
Now, with a sharpened eye and field experience, I’ve recognised my natural ability and true passion in advertising, commercial and fashion photography. Using the knowledge I’ve gained, I am not only able to capture the vision, but also manipulate it into art, bigger than life.
My work has been published in USA Today, Modern Salon, American Salon, ProSales Magazine, First For Women Magazine, Kellogg Magazine, Louisville Magazine, The Courier Journal, TOPS Magazine, The Voice-Tribune, NFocus Magazine, MOUR Magazine, Louisville Bride, STORY Magazine and Dark Beauty Magazine.
I have worked with NEXT Model Management, AMAX Talent, BMG Models, Sigal Models & Talent, Wings Model Management, COSMO Model & Talent Agency and Heyman Talent Agency.
I am a staff writer for FStoppers. I shoot Canon & Mamiya. I check Facebook every 2 minutes.
Be Inspired Photography Podcast with Clay Cook.
00:00 Welcome to Episode 10 of the Be Inspired Photography Podcast.
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Clay Cook Interview on the Be Inspired Photography Podcast.
01:34 Clay Cook interview.
01:53 Clay Cook’s ‘breaking in’ story.
04:27 How Clay become a professional photographer.
06:58 Cook discusses his own style of photography: Mixing natural and artificial light.
12:06 How he controls light and plans his shoots.
13:35 Clay Cook describes his creative process.
16:50 The secret behind managing lots of people on set.
18:53 Why collaboration is such an important part of how Clay works.
19:31 Clay Cook’s post-production worksflow.
21:01 What cameras Clay is shooting with right now.
23:02 Shooting on film.
24:05 What inspires Clay Cook!
25:39 What is the single most important thing Clay looks for in a fashion portrait?
28:09 Challenges on set and how Clay has overcome them.
31:37 Clay Cook’s advice for setting up your own business.
35:37 Clay’s top tip for portrait and fashion photography.
38:12 Where to find and follow Clay Cook online.
40:30 Who is Clay Cook’s favourite photographer of all time?
Be Inspired Photography Podcast Episode 10.
42:37 Thank you to Peter Hurley for joining us on the Be Inspired Photography Podcast.
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