Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Storm has been a creative his entire life. Storm was a touring musician with a band as a guitarist before graduating with a degree in Cinematography and TV/Film. His degree naturally transitioned into a passion for photography. Storm frequently shoots celebrity editorials for magazines, such as Flaunt Magazine, Vulkan Magazine, Rogue Magazine and MOD magazine. Recent celebrities shot include Tyler Posey, Bailee Madison, Tyson Ritter (All American Rejects), Ashley Tisdale, Tom Cavanagh, Carlos Valdez and Keiynan Lonsdale.
In addition, Storm was recently selected as a contributing partner for LA Original which is a pilot for the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles. It is one of Mayor Garcetti’s legacy campaigns staking LA’s claim as the creative capital of the world by supporting creative entrepreneurship. Also, Storm is working on a celebrity Polaroid film book as a long-term endeavor.
We had the amazing opportunity to speak with Storm about his portfolio and upcoming projects. Check out the interview below.
Thank you for chatting with us, Storm! Tell us how you got your start in photography.
Hey there! Thanks so much for having me! Well, it is kind of a never-ending evolution. I was on the road playing music until I just got burnt out. I always had a camera in my hands and I thought I should take my life down this path and here we are. Haha.
What style do you shoot the most?
My style I feel like is all about personality as long as I can get an image that shows who that person is, something that makes you go “Ok I have an idea of what this person is about”. I feel like that is my style if that makes sense. Haha.
What is in your camera bag?
Haha. More than I need probably. But I have two 5D Mark IV bodies and a couple lenses and speed-lights.
Do you have a special approach to photography?
I really like to have a conversation with the person I am shooting before we ever fire off a frame. I really want to know what they are working on, what their ambitions are. I feel like I get the most out of people on camera when I know who they are off camera, at least a little bit.
Let’s talk about your career. What has been your favorite experience working in the industry?
The people for sure. I love being able to meet all these other artists and see what they are passionate about, what gets them up in the morning.
Tell us where you see your photography going in five years.
Hopefully, I can just get louder with my work. I want it to just radiate personality and charisma. I just want people to smile and get some type of emotion when they see what I can create with people they have interest with.
What are your thoughts on using mirrorless cameras?
I think they are the future. I understand why people like them and use them. Me personally? I like my big chunky DSLR and medium format cameras. I am a creature of habit. I like a camera that has some weight to it, makes me feel like I spent my money right. Haha.
What has been your biggest challenge as a photographer?
I think learning to let go. To stop chasing perfection and just roll with the punches.
What keeps you inspired?
Breaks for sure! Haha. Sometimes you just have to stop working and recharge so new ideas can bloom and grow.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I have been getting more into gaming lately as a new hobby to just veg’ out and relax. I bought this Nintendo Switch this year and I love that thing.
Do you have any upcoming gigs that you would like to share with us?
Actually, today I got to shoot an editorial with Barns Courtney that was maybe one of the most energetic shoots today. It was like driving at 200MPH. So much fun. I can’t wait for that to drop.
Complete this sentence, if I had an opportunity to do anything I want, I would do ___________.
This is a loaded question! There are so many things I want to do. I would love to travel more. Spend more time with my family. I would love to raise more awareness for endangered animals. There’s a lot I would love to do. Haha.
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