We had the good fortune of connecting with Noah Winston and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Noah, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Starting a business was never easy. My first thought was, “I need a name.” I was so stubborn to choose whether or not to keep it simple or make it something fancy. Finally, after a long struggle to choose, I kept it straightforward and something I knew more than anything, my name. Noah Winston Photography had a nice ring to it as it should; it’s my name. But that wasn’t the hard part. Trying to understand the fundamentals like tax-paying, marketing, advertising, etc. were new to me, and at the moment, I didn’t know where to start. I had to do something fast before time ran out, but all we have is time. I took time out to study and take classes on business and marketing. I had to reteach myself the process of speaking to others and watching what I say and how I say it. It took time to get used to working in a business setting. I’ve been in business for several years now, and I’ve made improvements since then. Every day is a learning day, and I’m always eager to learn new things about businesses.
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 don’t always talk about my art, mainly due to my personality. If you ask me on a good day, I’ll probably say, “My art is fantastic,” “The most beautiful thing ever,” or that “I am just the greatest.” None of that would be correct. That’s just me being goofy, but the best way to describe my work is by first discussing the process and idea behind a project. To be frank, I never enter into a studio or on location, knowing what exactly I want to do. I see a type of lighting here and there, and if I like it, I create whatever comes to me at that moment. My work is like available light; it just comes and goes, always changing and never being the same sort of speak. I see others with a style, technique, etc., but not me or up until two years ago when I discovered something that caught my eye. I created a setup, two to be exact, and I’ve been using that same setup since. My art isn’t the images I create, but I create different forms of light, set up a set, and design new sets that differ from others. The photographs I create are just the result of that. It’s an exciting part for me. Seeing how well I was able to balance the light on a subject(s). It’s a long process, but it’s where it got me today. I wish sometimes it was easy but easy isn’t always the answer, I guess. The more I worked on it, the better I became.
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.
If you’re ever looking for a spot to photograph people or hang out with friends and family, I recommend the Dallas Arboretum. It has one of the most beautiful collections of flowers. I believe that there are wonders to this place that can’t be found anywhere else.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I don’t believe I ever really dedicated anything to anyone in public. I’ve been out of school for two years now, and even to this day, I look back at the PDF’s and downloaded links to tutorials provided by my instructors. Maybe it’s that time where I take a second to acknowledge the time and patience they gave to push me in the direction I’m at now. I know first hand all three of my photography instructors wanted me to either be a successful independent or employed photographer under a great name (company). Without the help of them, I wouldn’t know as much as I know now. Ms. Nova, Mr. McCoy, and Mr. Hui have been the mentors I never knew I needed. So I would acknowledge them as the people who stood by and helped me grow. There are a few friends as well I made during those times whom I had the pleasure of working with and challenging each other every step of the way.
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