Interview: Photographer Austin Templeton (USA)
Can you tell us a little about you? Hello! My name is Austin Templeton. I am a photographer from the state of Georgia in the US. I’m also a graphic designer when I’m not taking photos. I have a Shiba Inu named Keiko, and I take her everywhere!
How and when did you get into photography? I first started photography in college while studying graphic design about 2 years ago. However, I have only in the past year begun to really get serious about it.
What does photography mean to you? For me it’s really just about meeting new people and trying to capture some aspect of their personality. I may not ever see that person or model again, but I try to take away a good experience every time.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers. I don’t know that I necessarily have a “style”. I just love trying to find something interesting about the environment or situation I’m shooting in and just going with it. That said, I plan everything meticulously, but I may not go with the plan in the end.
Where do you get inspiration from? I get a lot of my inspiration from films. I’m a movie nerd for sure. I also love to be inspired by the models I work with.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture? I try to plan out every detail, even if I end up changing everything on the fly ,at least I can fall back on a plan.
Studio, on location or both? I prefer on location. I love being in nature
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional? I would say both. I do it for joy and sometimes to get paid!
What has been your most memorable session and why? Probably when I shot in Miami. I was in the lush tropical backyard of a mansion that looked absolutely beautiful!
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work? Honestly it would have to be just the urge to meet people. Up until college I was very reserved and I wasn’t doing much with myself. I could barely even keep eye contact with a person. Now I’ve just decided to push past that and capture beautiful memories.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens? Nikon, because it’s what I bought first. My favorite lens is my 50mm 1.4
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business? Just get out and get it done! No waiting around!
What do you think of our new magazine? I love that it encompasses all aspects of the medium. Photographers, models, stylists, makeup artists. It’s just a great source of inspiration and connections!