Alright – so today we’ve got the honor of introducing you to Logan Grey. We think you’ll enjoy our conversation, we’ve shared it below.
Alright, Logan thanks for taking the time to share your stories and insights with us today. How did you learn to do what you do? Knowing what you know now, what could you have done to speed up your learning process? What skills do you think were most essential? What obstacles stood in the way of learning more?
I started as a “know it all” who knew nothing. I could frame a shot. I had vision but honestly, when it came to actually knowing how to use a camera… I was SOOOO ignorant! Fortunately, I was taken under the wings of two mentors… Brian Hilson and Jeff Benham. Both are very knowledgeable and excellent photographers. In my opinion, two of the best in the area.
The one thing that could have helped speed up my learning would have been to quit listening to myself and listen more to my mentors. Everything they told me to do, I resisted. Eventually I came around but it took me me years than it should have. What can I say? I’m hardheaded!
I feel the most essential skill is not actually a skill. It just being open to the unknown. Trying new things. Failing and learning from those failures
My biggest obstacle always has been and always will be is myself. I want to do things on my own so bad, but have little patience at times. I want to run marathons before I figure out how to crawl.
Logan, love having you share your insights with us. Before we ask you more questions, maybe you can take a moment to introduce yourself to our readers who might have missed our earlier conversations?
First of all, Logan Grey is a brand only. Everyone knows my name is Kenny. Long story but this is a brand I use for model shoots. I have another I use for non model shoots
I offer help to new aspiring models wanting to learn their craft. I help to teach them the basics, provide them with a copy of their shoot to study and actually inform them of real world expectations, not blow smoke like I have seen so many others do. Many are so quick to go beyond offering basic encouragement/support to taking it to false hopes of major success. I’ll tell a model, new or otherwise, what they need to hear, not what they want to hear. Not popular in all circles but at least I’m not gonna lie to them.
I’d say what I’m most proud of, as it pertains to any aspect of my work is that I’m honest with everyone. Potential models know what they’re getting involved with if they choose to work with me before they even have to contact me directly. I lay everything out on my website. I’ve tried to answer any potential question. I dont hide the fact that practically all of my model shoots will have a nude element to it. I dont like surprises so I dont offer any either.
What do you find most rewarding about being a creative?
The most rewarding aspect for me is after going through the whole process of being inspired by something, creating an image in my head, getting all the materials needed, finding the right model, putting it all together and seeing it to completion to get the images I had envisioned in the first place and not settling
To illustrate how picky I can be…
I came across a Plains Indian Maiden Dress about 4 years ago. I bought it, two sets of moccasins, jewelry and a matching bikini. I laid out a planned shoot for three sets with the last one being nude. I had several offer to do minus the nude that fit the look. I had several offer to do the shoot as laid out but they didnt have the look. Almost 4 years of waiting and looking, I finally found the right model and got it shot. We’re both proud of the results :)
Do you think there is something that non-creatives might struggle to understand about your journey as a creative? Maybe you can shed some light?
Its been my experience that most non-creatives dont try to understand the mind of a creative. They have the mindset of we’re supposed to go to school, then spend 4 hours a day getting ready and commuting to and from a job we hate making someone else rich until we either reach retirement or drop dead. To the average person, that’s considered normal.
To a creative, life is about being able to do something we love, that we’re good at and being happy doing it. Its not about getting rich with money but the sense of accomplishment. If we can pay our bills doing it, so much for the better
- Website: www.logangreyphotography.com
- Instagram: @logangreyphotography
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoganGreyPhotography
- Twitter: @logangreyphotog
- Youtube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCmuRxd0b3yLlZwgojm-D9Ew
- Other: www.bentbox.co/logangrey www.patreon.com/logangrey
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