There are a lot of BLAZING photographers popping up all over the place. With the invention of sites like Instagram, Model Mayhem and Facebook, we are being treated to the beautiful works of artists we may have never even known existed. From city to city, coast to coast I want to shine the spotlight on those who impress me most. I will be bringing you interviews with some of the hottest established and up and coming photographers that I run across as I blaze my own path of fame across the net. Let’s get it on!! Time to meet one of the greats………
Name: Cayne Clarke
Based In: Washington DC / Baltimore MD
Name of Company: Cayne Clarke Photography / NFLAVA Model Magazine
1. How long have you been perfecting your craft? I was first introduced to photography my sophomore year in college through a friend that was into photography
2. What were the influences that led you into Photography? What type of photography do you specialize in?
A good friend in college got me started with me very first Nikon camera. I think it was the opportunity to capture people in all kinds of ways. In college there were no shortage of girls who wanted to pose for us. You can say being around sexy young women and taking their pictures could be an influence as well. Another is definitely the digital age and the additional magic one can do with computer software.
My specialty is studio eye candy portraits. I used to also include urban in my definition but I have since grown to include much more than just the urban culture.
3. Growing up what did you see yourself doing for a living? Do you still plan on pursuing that at some point?
I didn’t really have a profession I targeted; I just wanted to go to college and major in Marketing and do something in that field. I did get my degree in marketing and advertising but I never got into the field. I work as an IT professional. I don’t believe I have any interest in doing marketing at this point in my life and career.
4. Are you strictly a photographer, or with the new technology available to us now that digital photography has taken over, have you gone into graphics at all?
Part of my specialty is using the digital image taken from the camera and transform it into something unique and special. So yes, I have also incorporated graphics into my photos as well as retouching techniques.
5. Were you a photographer before the digital age? Can you shoot with film: and if so, do you miss the old days of actually developing your film, and watching your work come to life in front of you?
I came into photography just as the DSLR’s were being introduced to the world. My buddy was a film guy and I used to watch him develop film. I never got into it. I can say I’m glad I am shooting in this era although I do have a respect for those who came up in the film age.
6. Do you shoot indoor or outdoor more often? Which do you prefer and why?
I mainly shoot indoor as I am studio photographer however, I do like shooting outdoors and it depends on the day; if it’s cloudy and dull I may go for some subtle black and white images; if it’s sunny I may go for more radiant and bright images. I prefer indoor studio because I get to control my environment from the lights, the props, and even the general space.
7. What is your ultimate goal? What would be your Dream Project?
My goal is to be able to make enough money from photography that I can be consistent with a great downtown loft studio. A dream project would be shooting for my own gallery showing.
8. Where can people see your work?
Besides Facebook and other social media you can Google my name or studio and plenty of my past work will be displayed. I also have a published magazine called NFLAVA Model Magazine as well as a hard book cover on sale on amazon of my black and white portraits. My website also displays my model portfolio work but some of my commercial pieces as well.
9. Have you ever been published? Do you own a publication?
You’re reading my mind. Yes. I own and manage NFLAVA Model Magazine, a magazine that I consider to be a useful stepping stool for many unsigned models looking for practice and exposure. I’ve also had my work published in several magazines by way of the Sexy Sapphire, a brilliant social media marketing guru. I’ve also had my photos appear in one major film, ATL. If you are familiar with the movie, some of my pictures were used as props in Uncle George’s room.
10. If someone wanted to hire or contact you for a session, how can they get in touch with you?
The 2 best ways to reach me for booking is through a Facebook message or send me a shoot request via my websites’ contact page – http://ibpstudios.com.