MAX THOMPSON

When I take a picture that I'm pleased with, it fills me with gratification, you know. So I suppose the confidence I roll with comes from that pat on the back you give yourself when you've accomplished what you set out to do. If I do have an off day, I'll remind myself how lucky and grateful I am to have accomplished the things I have done. 

 

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It's always come natural. Everyone is different of course. A very experienced model might not always understand a particular vision simply because they might have had a different vibe in mind. But most of the time models trust me to run with my ideas because they wouldn't have contacted me in the first place had they not understood my work. 

 

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Since I moved to Hollywood, I've become inspired by the electricity and energy in this place. I gravitate to the classic starlet behind closed doors. The mixture of what could piece an iconic image, high heels, lips, drugs, sex, emotion, cinematic perspective, etc. Most of the time the picture comes out how I had it in my head since I've gotten a decent grasp on how to do things. And sometimes that might not always be the case which is what makes it a fun challenge to try something different with each photoshoot. I'm constantly competing with myself, trying to outdo what I shot previously.

 

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I don't hold workshops often. But when I do, many topics are covered. Such as how to work with clients, or using natural light and surrounding elements to better your composition when you're out in the field. I always have models on site for everyone to meet and practice shooting with. At the end of the day I give everyone a disposable 35mm camera to mess around with.

 

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There was a moment this last year where I felt bored with what I was shooting. It all felt the same. I wanted to start taking pictures of things that looked more cinematic. Almost like a snap from the movie scene. I didn't know if my online traffic would improve or slow down in doing so, but I decided to step out of that comfort zone of what I knew people liked, you know. I decided to start shooting only images I would be proud to hang on the wall of an art gallery. These pictures have more substance and meaning to me, and hopefully more meaning to those viewing the pictures. I'm much more pleased looking at my work as a whole now than I was a year ago. It's important for an artist to stay true to what they want to convey.

 

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One of the most challenging aspects of my work, but one that I'm grateful for is: Using it to make a living. It took a couple of challenging years, scary decisions, and huge investments to get to where I've landed. And I still have a long way to go in reaching my highest goals with my career. But every morning I wake up grateful that I can spend the day doing what I love. 

 

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I've been on a faster momentum having moved to Los Angeles than I had originally anticipated which I'm very grateful for. Lots of exciting projects are in the works this coming year. But I enjoy showing people when the time comes rather than verbally give it away. 

 

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Ending on a positive, the end of civilzation will be caused by: I feel greed is the root of the world's problems and always has been. But I joke all the time that it'll begin with a newspaper headline, "Death by Selfie Stick."

 













01 // Alex Dunn // ms_dunndunn
02 // Jamie Fraiche // jamiefraiche
03 // Kat David // universexpander
04 // Luccia Lyzette // lyzloverly<
04 // Sabyr Omensky // sabyr_omens
05 // Kaylen Ostapovich // kaylenalyssa
06 // Kat David // universexpander
07 // Oly // oly.maly
08 // Kat David // universexpander
09 // Kat David // universexpander
10 // Lomeli Wassmer // swaglordmfc
11 // Sam Jann // sammjann
12 // Jamie Fraiche // jamiefraich
13 // Sabyr Omensky // sabyr_omens

 

Max Thompson // maxthompson // maxthompsonphoto.com

 

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