We had the good fortune of connecting with Pablo Robles and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Pablo, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Ever since I was a little kid, I enjoyed looking at the pictures on magazines and newspapers. I always wonder how can a photographer capture such creative images. I didn’t know at the time that what our eyes see is different than what a camera can see. It wasn’t until I got older that I realized that by manipulating the cameras settings, you can capture images that our eyes are incapable of seeing.

When I was in college, I decided to take a photography class. I was immediately hooked. I knew I was somewhat artistic but I never thought photography was going to open the doors to my creative side. As I started taking more advanced photography classes, my skills got better and better. My first client paid me $500 to cover a corporate event. That was confirmation that I was making the right career choice.

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.
Most of my work is in editorial photography. I get hired by magazines and newspapers to take environmental portraits of business people, politicians and others. I find this kind of photography to be the most challenging because you have no control over the location, lighting and subject. Sometimes you arrive at a location to meet the subject and the natural light at the location is very challenging. On top of that, the subject only has a few minutes for you. You have to be ready to use what is around you as your background. If you are using flash, you have to use it in a way that makes it look like is natural light. That is my style.

What I have learned in my fifteen years in this business is that you have to know everything about your equipment. You also have to have an idea of what the story is about if you are shooting for a magazine or newspaper. Ask the editors what kind of images they want. Most of the time the editors will send you the story and a few ideas for the photos.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When my friends come from out of town, I usually bring them to a national park that is only 35 minutes away from me. It is called Saguaro Lake. There is an entrance to the lake called Butcher Jones Recreation Site. This area is amazing because in the summer you will be swimming next to wild horses. They come to take a swim in the lake because the weather out here in Arizona can be up to 115 degrees in the summer. It is the perfect place to take photos of wild horses.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I give some credit to my photography professors in college. They became more than just teachers. They mentor me throughout my years in school and advised me not only on how to take great images but also on the business of photography.

The one person who deserves must of the credit is my wife. She is the one that up fronted thousands of dollars when I was still a student to purchase my first professional camera and lens. It was that initial purchase that got me a lot of clients.

Website: www.mediacompassphoto.com

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