We had the good fortune of connecting with Darrell Antone and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Darrell, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
I almost have what I would consider to be an obsession to learn. I am constantly taking notes, watching videos and attending workshops. You are never too old too learn!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a headshot and portrait photographer who also shoots commercial product photography and editorial work. What I feel sets me apart from others are the images I create. Many of the successful photographers in Dallas have a portfolio that you know who shot it just by looking at it. I feel that I have just entered into that arena and have really focused on my unique style. That in turn has helped me reach levels I never thought I would and that’s probably what I’ve been most proud of so far. Earlier this year Nikon reached out after seeing my work online and since then we’ve held a successful camera giveaway, I was named a Nikon Z Creator and one of Nikon’s “20 Creators who Inspires” this year. I feel I’m definitely on the right track and this solidifies my place in the Dallas photography community. I wasn’t quite sure I belonged at first but I do now. I’ve also begun to mentor photographers in the area as well so it’s come full circle. This has definitely not been easy. I’m a husband, a father and have a full time job. Most of the time I’ll have photoshoots right after work and then I’m usually up extremely late at night editing photos. Other times I’m literally practicing lighting techniques. I may only get a couple hours sleep but I do it to make sure I can provide for my family and spend time with my them all while still being able to do what I love to do. If there is one thing I want people to know about me is that I’m a humble guy but no one will ever outwork me and that I have no problem going against the grain.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’ve lived in Dallas for 12 years now and ironically my favorite restaurant is a place that reminds me of home. I was born and raised in Kansas City, MO (GO CHIEFS!) so “18th & Vine Barbeque” (named after a historically famous KC location) is normally where I’ve recommended people try first. If you are in the mood for some soul food I’ve been addicted to the catfish at What’s Cluckin or The Bell’s Sweet Factory food truck. I’d also consider myself to be a lover of the arts so I’d highly recommend checking out the Bishop Arts District and Trinity Groves. For a fun time I’d also say to check out a Dallas Bite’s Tour to enjoy drinks, good food and to see a lot of the city. There’s always something to do in Dallas which is why I love it here.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to first shoutout my wife because she has believed in me and gives me the creative space to work on this craft and it’s that reason I feel that I have had the success I’ve had so far. I’d also like to shoutout my photography brothers, Omar Ramos and Kieone Young. Two very talented photographers who stand out in a very busy Dallas photography community. I’ve learned a lot from these two and I have had the honor of co-owning a studio space with them that has been a vital part in the work I’ve done. Omar’s mentorship in particular has been instrumental for me and I can’t thank him enough for the guidance and willingness to bring me along. Models Destiny Hunter and Kia Jones who always there to be in front of my camera refuse to let me be humble and lastly, the Photo Cookout family. An amazing photography community of excellent photographers, lead by Dr. Tomayia Colvin who fights to ensure that ALL photographers, especially those of color, are seen an respected. I believe she was a major reason that many of the big camera manufacturers expanded their ambassador programs to include more minorities and women. I have so much respect for her and because of her selflessness she has created lanes for many photographers and creatives.
Other: Nikon’s 20 Creators Inspiring Us This Year https://www.nikonusa.com/en/learn-and-explore/a/ideas-and-inspiration/20-creators-inspiring-us-this-year.html
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