By Aleighia Rouse
Aside from having two awesome first names, he is a very passionate and creative person that uses his sense of humor to create an incredible and imaginative client experience. John David has a love for all things baseball, anything that has to do with alma mater (University of Central Arkansas), and his friends and family. Majoring in Communications, photography was not too far from where John David was headed. But how did he arrive there?
Here are some of our favorite moments with John David explaining his photography journey:
On how he got started in the industry:
After college I worked a lot of different jobs. In 2009 my girlfriend gave me a Nikon D60 for my birthday because she knew how much I liked photography. We got engaged that December. After getting engaged, we decided that she would quit her job as a pharmaceutical rep and pursue her lifelong dream of owning her own dance studio. Quickly it became evident that I would need to quit my job (educational software sales) to help open and run the dance studio as well. In the beginning, we had no budget so using my 'fancy new camera' I took the first ever promotional photos for the dance studio's website. Looking back now, they were awful. But at the time, some people took notice and began asking me to take photos for them. After a little while, people even wanted to pay me for it. After several months of this my thirst for photography became insatiable. I was spending hours every night on YouTube trying to teach myself to be better.
On creating personal work:
Creating personal work that you make for no one else but yourself is the one and only true way to discover what inspires you and find your style. Personal work shows clients who you are and what you can do. More and more today, commercial clients want to work not only with good photographers but with people who have ideas and be strong collaborative partners.
On his inspiration:
I draw inspiration from a lot of places. Music. Sports. Nature. Light. Design. Fashion. But I think ultimately, I'm inspired by human feelings, connection and emotion. I enjoy the often awkward forced micro-relationship that is required to create a dynamic portrait. I'm usually a stranger to my subjects. My process requires that I stand pretty close to you and I'm pointing a hunk of metal, plastic, and glass at your face. The raw emotion that fills that space inspires me more than anything.
Want to learn more about John David's experience, check him out at Imaging USA 2016!