They say you can tell a lot about a person by their first blog post and considering mine is about pictures of myself you could say that makes me pretty self-centered (and you'd be correct)! I decided to write about an amazing photographer who I met last weekend in New York City, Luke Norton (@nortography).
Given that I can count the number of times I've been professionally photographed on my cousin's amputated hand, you could say I was very excited when my best friend asked me if I'd be up for a mini-photoshoot in NYC. In this economy Instagram social ladders are now determined by the quality of your pictures so I guess you could say I was ready for a step up and a much needed makeover by @nortography.
Luke is very sweet, professional, talented, and definitely not a pervert. The reason I am clarifying that Luke is not a pervert is because majority of the time when a random guy asks to take photos of you it's because he's probably going to try to touch you and/or tickle your taint with his canon lens. Not that I know from personal experience! You know...you just...hear stories...and of course there's porn which is pretty much based on real world situations.
Luke first got interested in photography when he bought a DSLR in college, "I loved the way it made people feel to share a good photo or memory with them," he says. After receiving my edited photographs from Luke I can confidently say there truly is nothing better than getting a high quality picture taken of yourself. Think about it! This is the youngest you'll ever be again. By the time you finish reading this you're already closer to death...#GIRLBYE
"My style is empathy. Read that how you will. My inspiration is human interaction with each other and with the art surrounding the photography of project. I’m often inspired by the models or people I shoot with. So that inspiration comes in many forms."
Right now Luke is shooting with a Canon 5d Markiii (I have no fucking clue what that is) with a Sigma ART 50mm 1.4 lens (also no idea but apparently very good). He has an upcoming project in San Francisco this weekend, which he isn't able to say much about but it will be a big moment in his photography career for sure!
As for Luke's future, he wants to keep doing his own work. Condé Nast would be cool, but it's not his end goal. Luke is happy riding the wave he's currently on. If anything, he wants his work to allow him to travel wherever and whenever he wants, which would be pretty fricken amazing!
I'm still figuring out my own future so it's comforting to see someone else in the real world, mid-twenties, working on their goals.
So there! My first blog post! See ya next time world!