JEREMY GUDAC

When it comes to confidence I've always been a person that loves to push boundaries. For better or for worse, for sure. Of course, there are those times that becomes a bad thing, but in the photography world, especially with models, me pushing boundaries really allows my vision to come to life. Confidence also comes with being prepared. I put so much work into setting up a shoot. With locations, talent, agencies, the team, flights, scheduling, and everything else, I can't afford to not make the vision come to life. I don't really have a choice. Not having confidence is because you haven't prepared enough beforehand. Put in the work behind the scenes and the confidence will come.

Every photographer lands in a rut every now and then. Actually, we probably do far more often than we should or admit to. You'll look at your work one day and you just think it's shit, go to bed, wake up the next day and look at your work again, it's still shit. You have to surround yourself with people that will tell you to pull your head out of your ass and keep shooting, to remind you how much work you have put in, and how far you have come. Or you surround yourself with people that agree with you about your work being shit. Then it makes you work harder to prove them wrong. I've also noticed that sometimes when I'm in a rut, it is because I have misaligned what's really important in my life. You know, sweating the small stuff. Step back, realign everything that is important to me, and keep shooting. Or throw my camera away and take up being a monk... kidding.

 

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I started out shooting cars, but some of the owners of those high-end exotics really burned me out. I began shooting some modeling stuff on the side and I was hooked. There is something powerful about two people working together to make a vision come true. When both you and the model sync, the photos go from good to great. They become potent. There are very few things that make you have the adrenaline rush like a good photoshoot. Shooting males can be powerful as well, but for me, there is just something beautiful about the female form.

 

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Being able to clearly convey ideas is important, but this kind of plays into the confidence thing. The model, and the team, and the agency have all put in the work to make this happen; we can't afford not to. If I am uncertain of what I really want out of the shoot, I'm going to screw up the chemistry in the photos. You will throw the whole thing off and it will become shit. The whole team vibes off each other. There's nothing worse than editing pictures that have no chemistry. For me, I learned using a mood board, and creating an upbeat environment is the key. Make sure everyone has coffee, food, and anything else they need. Throw on some music, and start shooting.

 

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As far as wardrobe goes, I want it as simple as can be. I could shoot a model in some undies and a white t-shirt all day. The more simple the wardrobe, the more timeless the photo can be. Once you have logos, bedazzling, or craziness going on, it can take away from the photo. Once in a while, I force myself to be more fashionable and mix up the wardrobe. For some reason, I try to avoid red. I don't like the way it photographs.

 

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One of the most challenging aspects of my work but one that I am truly grateful for is: That everyone seems to be going for quantity over quality in the industry. I'll see these models and photographers post a killer shot, and in just a few hours they will have posted three more shots. It takes away from truly appreciating and loving someone's work. There doesn't seem to be any pride in the journey. However, I am grateful that the massive amount of work being posted keeps me striving to better myself.

 

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I'm definitely optimistic about my future work. I've worked hard to surround myself with genuine people and I love the brands and agencies I work with. I'm definitely going to keep pushing myself to create work that is timeless. As far as photography as a whole, I'm uncertain about its future. Instagram has changed the way everything in the industry works. I'm not sure it's for the better.

 

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The end of civilization will be caused by: Greed... or the Paul brothers

 
















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Jeremy Gudac // jeremygudac

 

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