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Instagram PixStoryteller – Charles Eames

Author: Libby - Printique by Adorama

Every photographer has a story to tell of how they capture the magic they see before them. We are celebrating this with our  Instagram PixStorytellers. Each week, a new photographer will join us on Instagram sharing their ideas, tips, and tricks for getting the best shot. This week we introduce you to Charles Eames aka @charleseamesphoto on Instagram.

How did you start in photography?

Truth be told I never actually wanted to be a photographer. It was never on my list of things to be as I was growing up. My family owns a casino entertainment company which got me involved in the event side of things and it kind of stemmed from that. Doing different kinds of events and watching the photographers etc. Started doing zap photography and wanted to get better after I realized how much I enjoyed taking photos at these events. Started assisting and going to every workshop, seminar, etc I could. Tried to learn as fast as I could because I realized I had no idea what I was doing and didn’t want to just hang a shingle on my door and open a business.

How did you find your groove?

I think I’m still in the process of finding it. I don’t think I’ll ever be one hundred percent “in the groove” so to speak. I always have too many ideas in my head, whether, its on site with a bride and groom while we are working, or back in the office trying to think of new things to add to the company etc. The “groove” I’m in right now is pretty great because the company is growing every day taking on new clients and forging new partnerships with venues etc. I guess I will have to let you know when I find my actual groove!

What’s in your camera bag?

  • Canon 5D Mark III
  • Canon 5D Mark III
  • Canon 6D
  • Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS II
  • Canon 24-70 f2.8L II
  • Canon 100mm Macro L
  • Canon 600EX-RT Flashes
  • Phottix Stratos Wireless Triggers and Receivers
  • Lighting Clamp
  • Video Light
  • Batteries, Batteries and more Batteries
  • Gum
  • Business Cards
  • SD Cards
  • DJI Mavic Pro (Never leave home without it)

Advice for Others Starting Out?

I would have to say my biggest pieces of advice for new photographers are these

  1. Don’t be in a rush, take your time and learn. Learn your camera, learn from others, and don’t be afraid to fail once in a while, you will be stronger for it.
  2. Stop collaborate and listen — wait a minute that’s Vanilla Ice but it doesn’t make it any less true. Work with as many people as you can, see everything you can and form your own style
  3. Don’t be wide-eyed over new gear all the time.

Tim Mcgraw said it best (wow a lot of musician inspiration here) always be humble and kind. We might have one of the coolest jobs in the world but it’s still a service and we are there for a client. Be humble and kind, it’s amazing where it will get you.
Thank you, Charles!  Make sure to follow us on Instagram for his takeover. Click HERE to follow along!