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Check Out Larry George II’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Larry George II.

Hi Larry, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today.
As cliche as it sounds, I’ve always been interested in photography. As a kid, I wanted to tell stories and make pictures. When I realize what cameras were I wanted to play with them and make things with them. As a teenager, I was in charge of taking photos on family vacations. I started doing photography and taking pictures of other people as a result of an interest in music.

I needed a camera to film my YouTube videos. Everyone I watched was using a DSLR and those were pretty expensive. Once I figured out how to video myself, I decided to take pictures as well. I started like everyone else. I took pictures of my friends. Then I did a ton of free shoots to build a portfolio. But I also took my camera everywhere and took pictures of everything.

Eventually, I started charging for photos. The moment that I decided to make this a business was when I was hired by a law office to take their headshots. Since then, I’ve been operating as a business. I still take a camera everywhere and take photos of everything.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Not at all. Photography as a business for me has been tricky. I’m more of an artist, so I don’t fit into the traditional box of “portrait photographer”, “wedding photographer”, or “family photographer”. I do it all. I love photography so I’ll shoot just about anything: weddings, families, portraits, street, headshots, products, etc. That might seem like I would get a lot of work, but it confuses some people when they come to my website.

Some potential clients feel that I’m not focused enough, so they will go with a photographer who specializes in a certain genre. On top of that, I started my business in one city and have since moved 3 times. All the SEO, clients, and local business I’ve managed to drum up each time go down the drain whenever I move.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
By day I’m a social media manager. Outside of that, most people know me primarily as a photographer. I would love to say that I specialize in portraits, but I shoot everything. If we’re comparing me to a surgeon, I’m a generalist. I can successfully do just about anything. I’m most proud of the connections I make and the way my clients feel when they leave a session.

Most of the time I feel like I’ve walked away with a new friend and I’ve helped make them feel better about themselves. I don’t have an all-time favorite photo, but I do have a favorite photo at the moment. I took a long exposure photo of downtown Denver and I’m in love with how it came out.

I believe my generalist attitude towards photography is what sets me apart. I can play in multiple genres and I’m pretty flexible. I can help someone pose for portraits, get children to smile, nail a business headshot, and take a nice photo of a product or an interesting street photo. My versatility keeps me nimble and outside of the box.

Do you have any advice for those just starting?
Take photos of everything. Bring your camera everywhere. Share your work. Don’t be afraid to take photos of everything. You don’t have to be a generalist, but taking photos of everything will help you determine what you like and what you don’t like. You won’t know if you like or don’t like something if you don’t try.

Bring your camera everywhere that you can. Have it out. Take pictures. Ask your friends and family to be in the pictures. Take pictures of things you find interesting. Doing this will help your creative eye and help you learn your camera. These are skills you have to build, and you build these skills by doing.

Share your photos. Share the good ones and share the bad ones. Share them with your friends and family. Share them with the world. Just remember to share your work. It’s the only way you’ll know for sure that you’re progressing. And if you want to make it a business, your potential clients need to see your work.

Pricing:

  • Portrait Minis start at $165
  • Weddings start at $1,600
  • Street and Landscape prints are available
  • Inquire about all other services

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