We’re excited to showcase Russ Goos of Goos Photography – located in Minnesota as our ShootProof User Featured Photographer! Thanks for sharing your journey with us!
How would you describe your style?
My shooting style tends to fall into two categories: portrait & action. My portrait style is a combination of fun, candid & classic, with a hint of dramatic. I’m always looking for interesting environments that would complement unique portraits. I would definitely say that I’m an opportunist when it comes to lighting, if mother nature provides great light (usually she doesn’t!) – use it! If not, take control and light it to look fantastic! My action style of photography is all about timing… capturing the right moment at the most exciting peak of the action!
How long have you been a photographer?
Since I was in 2nd grade… okay, well not really. Officially since 2001.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up in rural northwestern Minnesota and was obsessed playing guitar, bass & drums (still am!). Initially I went to college for Music Industry & Recording Arts, then later finished a BA in Computer Information Systems. My other obsession has always been photography. Photography was an almost all-consuming hobby that became a business. My wife, Sara and I run our small photography business as a supplemental source of income to our day jobs. Of course, photography is much, much more fun and interesting!
When did you first fall in love with photography?
When I was in 2nd grade, I loved taking “portraits” of my friends & teachers with my trusty Kodak 110. Some of the shots weren’t too bad! I’ve been learning from each & every photo session, wedding & sporting event ever since. There are always opportunities to learn & grow – so much to learn.
What’s your ‘can’t live without’ lens?
Like many other photographers, it’s my Canon “L” 70-200 2.8f IS. I use that tool all. the. time. Fast focusing and bullet-proof, it was the smartest gear investment I’ve ever made.
Where do you find inspiration?
Everywhere! My eyes are always open and I try to keep an open mind. Strobist, Kelby, McNally, Jarvis, Black, billboards, store displays, SI, people watching, REI catalogs, you name it! I’m also inspired by the great photographers I team up with for larger sporting events & weddings. Their work always inspires me to improve.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice I’ve received was to keep photography work under control and not to let it dominate your life. It’s great to strive for more business, more sessions, MORE everything… but not at the expense of personal time with family. It took a long time for that advice to sink in with me, but I think I understand it now.
Where do you see your business in 5 years?
I hope to maintain a healthy ratio of photography:life balance. I hope the photography work five years from now is interesting, challenging and fun!
How has ShootProof helped your business?
Using ShootProof has been an impressive step forward for my small photography business. Primarily it has streamlined my order fulfillment for large sporting events. ShootProof’s direct lab integration has been integral, saving me countless hours with order submissions to my lab. ShootProof’s email capability is a powerful tool. Having the ability to send targeted emails to specific categories of event visitors is very important. For example, emailing a friendly event or promo expiration notice out to all event visitors who have NOT placed an order.
I highly recommend ShootProof. Best value and smartest online proofing/ordering features available for photographers today in my opinion.