Today we’d like to introduce you to Christopher Dowell.
Hi Christopher, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
It has been a windy and entertaining road since I graduated from SCAD (Savannah College of art and design) to where I am now. Right after school, I decided t move west to become a wildland firefighter in Montana for a summer while my girlfriend (now wife) moved to Florida for a job. That summer, I shot a story on sustainable caviar up in Canada. That was a defining project for me and shifted my focus onto things like agriculture, hunting and fishing, and general adventure stories. Although for a while after that, I mainly worked as a freelance photojournalist, the commitment to authenticity and honest storytelling has followed me into the commercial work I do now. When my wife and I moved to Chicago, I transitioned into assisting work and learning as much as possible about production and the commercial world of photography. It wasn’t until the pandemic that we decided to move out to Colorado, and I went full-time for myself. Being out here has opened so many doors and let me focus on doing work I am passionate about in the outdoors.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Committing to freelancing full-time can be scary and lonely sometimes. But keeping positive and doing something daily that pushes you forward is essential. Even small things like working on a mood board for a personal project keep you moving and focused. Of course, some days, it is hard to stay motivated or even believe you can do it, but luckily those days are fewer and farther between, but we all go through it sometimes. Keeping up my personal work and having a network of other freelancers has helped me get through those start-up pains as well.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a commercial photographer; focused on the outdoor industry, agriculture, and a healthy amount of studio work thrown in as well. I pride myself on my creative work; one of my favorite things to do is work through a creative problem. It might be figuring out how to turn a dog kennel into a log cabin for a holiday campaign or working on changing the narrative on hunting and firearms by focusing on inclusion and looking past outdated stereotypes and the same bad creative the industry has seen since the early 2000s.
So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
Drop me a line, and let’s get some coffee! I am always open to new work and collaborating with other passionate people. Feel free to follow me on Instagram at @christopher_dowell, my wife and I recently picked up our Pudelpointer puppy, Tybee, so if you are a fan of puppy content definitely check out my page.
- Website: https://www.christopherdowellphotography.com/
- Instagram: @christopher_dowell