We had the good fortune of connecting with Logan Grey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Logan, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Totally WRONG! I made so many mistakes and bad choices. When others ask me how to get started in photography as a profession, I ask them all the same thing… “Do you have bills to pay?” if they say “yes” then I say “DONT!” Its a tough market. Specialization or Diversity… it is VERY difficult to get started, to get your portfolio built, work on your craft by constantly learning and upping your game, trying to be different from your peers, to stand out. For everyone out there needing your services, there are a ton of them who are better, more experience, better pricing, better product. 15 years later and its no easier! Without bragging, I’m good at what I do. I just suck at self promoting.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
When it comes to the creative side of my art I look for inspiration from everything but other photos in most cases. Images I see when I hear a song, a commercial, a book I’ve read, a movie or show I’ve watched. I do love my clichés though! When I see an image in my head, I try to get it done as soon as I can. Sadly, with Covid-19 afloat, not doing much shooting right now. This path I’ve chosen has not been easy. I would be where I am if it was. Lots of hills to climb but there is very little I would have changed. Facing adversity, making mistakes is all part of growing. When I started the Logan Grey brand, I wanted to make sure any model who stepped in front of my camera knew what they were signing up for. Never a bait and switch. I would lay out what I had in mind and they either agreed to it or they didnt do they project. I have to stay true to my concepts. Those who dont/want/cant do those shoots, that fine. I’m not everyone’s cup of tea!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Def would spend a day at Joe Pool Lake, State Fair if its in session, both zoos (love zoos!). Go to some of my fav places to shoot… Las Colinas, Pioneer Plaza, Bishop Arts, Fabrication Yard, Dragon Park.
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?
Brian Hilson and Jeff Benham, my two mentors. Two great photographers who are not only talented but a world of knowledge and both have been very generous in sharing theirs with me any time I have questions. Sadly, for different reasons, neither are very active with a camera anymore. Liz Chandler, my Muse. I met her in 2015 and I fell in love with her in front of my camera. We have developed such a relationship with each other based upon respect and trust that she has stepped out of her comfort zone several times over the years in order to help create some gorgeous images I’m very proud to call each of them a friend.
Photographer: Logan Grey Model: Liz Chandler MUA: Chelse Marie