We had the good fortune of connecting with Chris Loomis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chris, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Since I was a child, I have always had an innate desire to create things by hand, capture or create something with pencil/paper and later on toying around with taking pictures on my Dad’s camera. I guess it was always in my DNA…perhaps as it is with most people who choose a creative profession. This of course lead me to go to school for photography then start a career as a full time photographer. What’s interesting is that, even with the pandemic related slowdown in business that most people have been experiencing, myself included….I am still compelled to proceed with producing creative fashion shoots as well as to continue printing and framing a fine art series that I had shot a few years back. Also, taking some time to travel recently, to explore several states that I have never been to before, has really re-opened my eyes to my initial love for photography…in the form of landscape and candid type imagery, incorporating the use of a person or people in/around scenic places to demonstrate scale and the human place amongst the grandeur of the world around us. It’s a wonderful thing to be inspired!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I function as a full time professional photographer, but photography is also my hobby (along with a few other creative type things). This in itself might set me apart as I have known a few working photographers that haven’t spent a lot of time shooting things that really excite or interest them, instead focusing only on getting more paid work. I believe hard work, tenacity and never going into anything thinking it’s going to be easy, were the keys to getting me where I am professionally; but also not to negate the voices of doubt and resistance that swim around in the mind, preventing one from reaching a higher potential. My brand is my work. Everything I shoot, whether it’s a job or personal project must be captured with a level of interest and quality that would warrant it being displayed on a wall as art.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Apart from many great coffee shops, brew pubs and hiking trails in and around the valley, I would always put high on the list a tubing session on the Salt River, mainly in the summer months. It’s easy to get to, tons of wild life and beautiful scenery, plus if you come with me, I supply great drinks and sort of DJ my own handpicked music as we float, which I feel adds a nice touch to the experience.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate my shout to all of the models who I’ve worked with over the years, helping me to refine my directing skills and inhabiting some really cool, interesting fashion. Also, to my friends/family/loved ones who have been the subject of so many of my photos over the years, in moments of inspiration and experimentation…from my formative years in photography all the way to the present day. The journey never stops.
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