The City of Brotherly Love harbors a vast number of creatives who possess incomparable talent, and the drive to take their work to the next level. One incredibly talented creative is none other than photographer Shayne Malcolm.
Shayne specializes in outdoor photography and has a keen eye for breathtaking environmental shots, where he’s perfectly able to capture an entire story in a single shot. Being well versed in everything from product shoots to fashion portraits, Shayne is a well versed creative with a passion for his craft.
Get to know Shayne a little more below.
What sparked your passion for photography?
Photography started for me back in high school when I found my brother’s old Pentax K-1000 film camera. I started back up three years ago after almost a ten year hiatus. Teaching myself everything I could get my hands on about DSLR’s, editing tools, and how to use natural light. I’ll admit, I had no clue what I was getting myself into when returning to a digital format, but I spent hours on YouTube consuming information. It quickly became a passion, and now it’s flourishing into a full time career.
How do you stay motivated day to day and balance everyday life along with your flourishing photography endeavors?
Honestly I’m not sure how I do it most days. I try not to schedule more than 2 shoots every other day so I have time for everyday life and editing in between. It’s all about finding a balance like you do with anything in life. I’m dependent on the weather since I shoot outdoors for everything so I keep a very close eye on that, and schedule from there.
What have been some of the most memorable moments of your photography career thus far?
At this moment I would say June 2019 has been my most memorable career moment. The amazing folks at Visit Philly asked me to walk & photograph the Pride Parade here in Philadelphia, as well as NYC. It’s such a huge opportunity and I couldn’t pass it up.
You’ve shown yourself to be a very supportive and selfless person. How important is it to you that you and everyone around you gets a “piece of the pie”, so to speak?
It’s very important to develop a relationship with each person I work with so we both have someone we know will help further our vision & career. I don’t see the models I work with as just models, they’ve become my friends over the course of the last year or so. I know the humans I have worked with would, and do, send me opportunities that fit my style of photography while I do the same in return for them. I have been very fortunate to work with like-minded individuals.
Ideally, where do you see your photography taking you in the next 5 to 10 years?
Ideally I would love to do travel photography, but realistically I’m not sure where I see it going. I know I want to continue on the path I am now with the clientele I have, and gaining more clients. I tend to just go with the flow of things and see where it takes me.
What’s some honest advice that you have for anyone who’s curious about pursuing a hobby or career behind the camera?
For anyone who is looking into photography, I highly suggest to do your research on the equipment. Don’t be afraid to fail and take in as much knowledge as humanly possible, like YouTube videos. Learn the ins and outs of your camera before you upgrade to the next, ask other photographers for advice, and just have fun. Photography started out as a hobby for myself and is slowly becoming my main source of income.
If you love Shayne’s work, which you obviously should, be sure to visit Shayne’s Instagram so you won’t miss the astounding works of art that he captures next.