Scott Glazier, Speakeasy Tattoo. In his studio at an undisclosed location in Los Angeles, California.
Self assignments are a self fulfilling prophecy of what you will do next for your clients. If you get out and shoot what you're really interested in, The original reason that you became a Photographer, You will be the driving force behind what your company becomes. That's a philosophy that I strongly believe.
So, while in Los Angeles for a couple industrial architecture jobs, I produced three stock shoots. Below is an account of one that I found inspiring. I went their first for my soul as an artist but also to inspire my current and future clients to send me to another location just like it.
We went to Scott Glazier's Speakeasy Tattoo studio. Scott's an oil painting artist turned tattoo artist. He has a studio in Los Angeles that you can't go to without an invitation. Somehow through the grace of networking, my associate Mark Leffingwell got us an invite to visit. We found the location, a small rundown warehouse-ish looking building. We rang the bell and were met by Nicole, Scott's assistant. She showed us into a hallway that felt something like a junkyard, art, sick motorcycle museum. After emerging into the back studio of this art lair, we saw Scott working on a tattoo, a cool space rune forearm thing. There was no guaranty of me getting to photograph anything but it was already super interesting.
We used our portfolios, the Bulliet Rye that we brought and some philosophy to win Scott's trust. He generously gave us 45 minutes. Four hours later we wound up our shoot with the image of his hands above. This shoot fills me with satisfaction and gratitude becauseI I love to make environmental portraits, ( a portrait that shows someone's occupation or culture). That's what I love to shoot and it's what want my clients to hire me for most.