Photographer Spotlight | Philip D Studio

We are thrilled to feature one of our ShootProof photographers – Philip Sydow of Philip D Studio, located in Williamsburg, VA! Philip D Studio
How would you describe your style? 

As primarily a commercial portrait shooter and retoucher, I’d say my style is is still evolving. At the moment, much of my work is clean and crisp, frequently involving composite work. I love bringing out aspects of an image that strike me as compelling, especially the sparkle and intensity of my subject’s eyes. I want anyone who views my work to be drawn in by them, to sense there is a story behind them.

How long have you been a photographer?

Since I made my first pin-hole camera out of a travel-sized cereal box at the age of seven…

Tell us a little about yourself.

My journey through life has definitely been circuitous, and for that I am grateful because I have seen and done things I never anticipated or planned. I’ve worked as a model, a bouncer, a research engineer, a business exec, a math teacher, a writer, and a photographer. As a kid, I moved around a lot and had the opportunity to meet people from different parts of the country, with different views. I think this helped me embrace what is special and unique about each person I meet and I try to bring that out in my images. Also, I think I’m a bi-brainer…I love to work creatively while obsessing over the smallest technical details. Photography is the perfect form of expression for me because it satisfies and enriches both sides of my brain while fueling the passion in my heart.

When did you first fall in love with photography?

Probably when I opened my first National Geographic and saw these amazing images of people, animals, and scenery from strange and far-away places.

What’s your ‘can’t live without’ lens?

At the moment, I shoot most of my portraiture work on the Canon platform so my absolute “can’t live without” lens is the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8.

Where do you find inspiration?

Although I still sift through an avalanche of magazines every month, I am finding more and more inspiration in specialized photography and retouching groups on social media. The explosion of shared imagery online is both a blessing and a curse…I can spend hours being inspired without getting any real work done!

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

My father once told me, “If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing well.” I strive to put my best effort into everything I do…it may not always be enough, but it will be my best.

Where do you see your business in 5 years?

In five years, I envision our studio employing a full-time creative team who produce images with beauty and impact for national-level campaigns.

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