Say hello to Zach :
Where are you from? Where have you been?
I was born in Miami but raised in Nashville, Tennessee.
What’s your favorite place in the world?
I’d have to say New York City – not only because of its immense creative community, but the city itself is just incredible.
How do you find your inspiration?
What types of photography do you do?
Street photography is by far my favorite. It attracts me because of the challenge it creates with attempting to tell a story in a single image. The most insane part of it is being able to capture those pure moments in life that are never able to be recreated.
What was the moment you decided to become a photographer?
I never made a cognitive decision to be a photographer. It has something I’ve grown into and fell in love with doing over time. I believe the best things come that way.
Photography is competitive. How do you stand out?
I work to stand out through my worth ethic. You can always out work the person next you. I also strive to learn everything I can about the craft and to absorb all the knowledge possible from wherever it may be. Sometimes, knowledge is found in the least expected places.
What’s the best advice you can think of for someone just starting in photography?
Keep your camera with you at all times. You never know when inspiration may strike you.
What is the best thing a model can do to make the most of a photoshoot?
Always be conscious of your hands. The placement your hand or the position of your fingers can make or break a shot. Keep your hands loose and fluid, and the rest will fall into place.
Who do you want to give a shoutout to?
Shouts to 13thWitness for always keeping me inspired – you’ll forever be the GOAT in my book. Last but not least, my man JakeVisuals for always being up to go shoot no matter the circumstances and staying hyped all day, every day.
What’s a deal breaker for you when deciding to do a shoot?
It’s important to find a model that you have good energy with. Doing a shoot is a creative experience, so having a model that you jive well with is crucial. It’s all about the vibes.
How do you express yourself through your photography?
I really express myself in the colors of the images I shoot. I believe that the mood or energy I’m in affects the outcome of my images.
What’s one lighting tip you’d like to share with other photographers?
Use natural light – always. It has its challenges, but it is worth the extra time to compose the shot every time.
What’s one post-processing tip you’d like to share with other photographers?
Play with saturation. Color is everything and it can make or break an image, so never be afraid to experiment.
Do you have any projects you’d like to show off?
My website was a big project that I finished recently, but it is always in a constant flux of updates and changes. I tried to build a more cohesive way to show my work in the most professional and artistic way possible. Feel free to check it out.
What’s something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t?
Go on tour with a music artist. Music is very important to me and the idea of being able to shoot photos close to the music industry would be an unbelievable experience. Drake, if you’re reading this, it’s not too late.
For anyone that wants to get in touch with Zach, here’s some contact information:
Zach, thanks so much for taking the time to interview with us! 🙂
If any artists out there want to collaborate with FStop, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.