We had the good fortune of connecting with Benjamin Anthony and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Benjamin, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor behind my success has been limiting distractions and creating a balance between fun and business. I try my best to stay focused on the bag. “Focus On The Bag” is a slogan I use to remind myself that I could be using my time wisely. Distractions come from all angles and I have to self motivate myself to stay the course. Furthermore, I have a passion for being a photographer so it feels like my job is fun.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I think what sets me apart from others is my drive to figure things out before I ask questions. Furthermore, I don’t like asking for anything from anyone. I set a bar of high expectations that require me to be prepared to any and everything on my own if necessary. I don’t want to make is seem like I never had help but I also don’t want to get comfortable with using people for things I can do myself. For example, My brother Bashir opened his home to me when I first moved to Texas. He said I could stay as long as I needed to and I moved to Dallas within 3 months. Erik Grayson gave me his camera to use until I could afford my own. From there I started working 3 jobs and then I gave Erik back his camera a little bit after a month. My mindset is to never get complacent with borrowing or accepting offerings. Help is supposed to be returned if possible not taken advantage of. I never want or wanted to be free loader. One of the biggest things that made me successful was investing in myself and staying consistent. After the support I received I still had to learn more about my craft. I started taking photography classes so I could really learn more about how the camera works. Ironically, my photography instructor was the same person who sold me my first camera. I purchased the Sony Alpha 7 III. My days and nights became very long. I would wake up at 5am every morning and go to UPS. I would leave there and go to Whole Foods or Delta Airlines. Finally, I would get off and get ready to go shoot at the club. I would get done around 2am and get right back up and repeat the same routine. It’s wasn’t easy but like I said I don’t like asking for anything so I always need to be prepared to purchase or do something on my own. The other thing that was driving me was all the family I lost within 3 years. I couldn’t help but feel numb to the pain especially because I knew my mom needed me more than ever. It’s not easy watching your mom lose her sister and husband within 4 months. I could only imagine what it was like to be her. In a weird way it motivated me because I watched how strong my mom was after each lost. I knew I had no excuses. I’ve learned that no matter what’s going on in your life it doesn’t stop the world from moving. Life goes on and I try to live everyday like that. I pride myself in putting my problems to the side and still providing my services. I love providing customer service and I try my best to create a fun and comfortable experience for every client.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
When my friends come in town I usually create a itinerary for them. Since I promote for “Crownholders” it makes it easy to refer them to different parties and events. For example, Cafe 214 on a Friday is the hottest party in the city. For restaurants, I would recommend Kiss, Kitchen & Kocktails, Yardbird and XOXO Dallas. For other entertainment I would recommend going to a Cowboys game, checking out the state fair and check out the Shops at Legacy.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to give a lot of credit to my brother Bashir Anthony. I didn’t start photography until I moved to Dallas, Texas. Bashir was the one that encouraged me to transfer to Texas through my job at UPS. He opened his home to me in Copperas Cove, Texas and that allowed me time to transition to Dallas. Once I moved to Dallas I had to find a new barber. My barber Johnathan B (JB) was apart of a promotion team called “Crownholders.” JB introduced me to Erik Grayson who is the CEO of “Crownholders.” Erik was the first person that invested in me as a photographer. He let me use his camera until I was able to afford my own. He also provided a platform for me at different social events in which I could enhance skills. I also want to thank my cousin James Rodgers, who also invested me by purchasing my first set of studio lights and tripod. These 3 people helped lay the ground work for where I am today.

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Image Credits
All photos uploaded were shot and edited by me. My photography business is called Benni Benz Productionz.

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