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Life & Work with David Glessner

Today we’d like to introduce you to David Glessner.

Hi David, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My love for photography and cars have been thanks to my dad. I remember vividly when I was younger I’d complain about my dad taking too long on a hike because he was too busy taking photos of nature. As I got older, it gradually switched from me complaining to my dad complaining how long I took on a hike or more prominently car events. Especially the Denver Auto Show, which I’ve been attending for over 19 years. My first time was when I was just one years old and there’s plenty of photos of young me in one of the vehicles when I was super young.

My love for photography as a hobby really rapidly changed from a hobby into a full-blown career, and it all started when I was 16 years old. I got my first car and unlike many other photographers in my field, I didn’t start out shooting with my car. I attended car shows and cars and coffee every Saturday photographing events with the most mediocre photos you’ve ever seen.

I started shooting my car when I realized it was actually the perfect car to shoot at the time. My goal to this day is to shoot consistently and work with some of the leading manufacturers in the automotive industry. I quickly learned that they care about the “boring” cars you shoot rather than the supercars. Anyone can make a supercar look good. Tough to make a Mazda CX-5 look good, no offense Mazda.

Fast forward now, and I’m nowhere where I want to be in my career, but I’ve been so fortunate to work with absolutely awesome companies and people. I’ve been able to work for some of the leading wheel manufacturers including Vossen. HRE, Weld, and many more. I still have yet to be published in a print magazine, although I’ve had articles with my photography showcased online with SuperStreet and Pit and Paddock.

Looking forward, I plan to continue my photography career while also expanding my brand and getting into video production and CGI as well. I’m putting into existence that I’ll be working with multiple OEM manufacturers in just three years.

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?
One of the biggest challenges I’ve had is running a business at the age of just 16, and continuing to improve on the business and marketing side each and every year. Time has also been my biggest challenge, realizing that so much more work is involved that I ever imagined. Running a website, constantly updating the website with new work. Running many social media accounts like IG, Facebook, Behance, and more. Budgeting expenses and realizing what type of investment is worth it for my business.

Time duration between each project though was my biggest time constraint. For the first couple of years, efficiency went out the door. On a shoot that now takes me a day or 2, took me 5-6 days or more, depending on the project. It was all relatively the same money but realizing the type of detail I can go into for each shot really determined how quickly I could finish a project. Time efficiency is important and I’ve definitely learned over time in order to overcome that challenge.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am primarily an automotive photographer and soon-to-be videographer. I am really known for my clean golden hour shots. It’s my favorite time of day to shoot because it creates such dramatic shadows which brings natural contrast to an image. Sunset is also fun to shoot, that’s when the skies the most colorful and that can arguably be the best time to shoot a car, the lines and reflections of the car is just so clean.

I am most proud of the work I’ve done with Wrapmate. They’ve always pushed my creative boundaries to the next level. I’ve been able to shoot a crazy-wrapped car in a warehouse and be able to use purple and green smoke in a series of images along with exploding chalk for a special project. These photos are more planned and coordinated and they take much more time on set and in post-production, which makes it much more rewarding to see the final result.

I feel my attention to detail is what separates me from others, I am able to really focus on the details in order to make the best possible series of images. The amount of cleanup I do in post, the planning on set in order to avoid more post-editing like finding locations with no powerlines, minimal distractions, etc.

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
I love the views, the fact you’re able to be in the city and get some great skyline views and also be less than 30 minutes minus traffic from the mountains.

The thing I don’t like about our city is definitely the traffic. I’m very patient, but when it comes to traffic I’m a different man. The sucky thing is most of my shoots are during or right after 5pm which is normally around the worst time to be on the highway for traffic.

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Image Credits
All photos by David Glessner (Me)

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