There are several traditional, time-honored ways of becoming a professional photographer. One, preferred by many, is to take photography and art classes from a good school, ideally one like Brooks or the Rochester Institute. Another is to apprentice through an internship with a working professional. Some people get involved with professional organizations that offer training and critiques, like Professional Photographers of America (PPA). And others are simply self-taught, spending several years going going to workshops and practicing their craft, until they are finally able to enter the professional marketplace.
Andrew Parker is the photographer for Radiant, Inc., a partnership between him and Rachel Sin. He started out to be a photographer all of 15 months ago, and since then has done commissioned work for Fright Dome, the Riviera Hotel and several tattoo shops in Las Vegas. Ask him how he trained to be a photographer, and how he achieved his success so early, and he will tell you: “I read the camera owner’s manual.”
There is an old, old nostrum among people who aren’t getting what they want from their equipment: If all else fails, read the manual.
Maybe it works. So few photographers try it that we rarely get a chance to test the theory.
Truth be told, it also helps, a lot, if you also spend a lot of time critically looking at excellent work in a variety of photographic genres, and Andrew has done that too. And having a partner who specializes in post production work and understands lighting, as Rachel does, certainly enhances the team’s capabilities.
All of which explains what Radiant, Inc. was doing on October 21st holding a gallery show at Artifice in Las Vegas, surrounded by several of their models and walls covered with their work. The photographs are all dramatic, and show influences from fashion, pinup, fetish and fantasy genres. At present Radiant, Inc. is focusing on “alternative” and fetish-oriented photography, but over the next year they hope to travel around the United States, working in a variety of markets ands fields. Their longer term goal is to work towards mainstream, editorial fashion photography in a major market like New York City.
Originally the team recruited models from model networking sites like modelmayhem.com, but as their reputation and word-of-mouth grew they now find that they are being approached by models and clients who want to work with them. People interested in working with Radiant, Inc. can contact them at [email protected]
The attached slide show includes some of their photographic work which, in gallery-ready shape also includes custom metal frames made by Andrew.