New York City native Matthew David Parker is no stranger to the sights and sounds of the city that never sleeps. He makes use of his deep knowledge of the five boroughs to position himself and his camera in the most iconic landmarks. Of particular interest to him are the rich history and architecture of the city. He is quick to use his sharp eye to capture the moments that have a story to tell. With the belief that everything has as story, Matthew David Parker can be seen as more of a storyteller than a photographer.
Matthew David Parker also runs his own website at MatthewDParker.com. His website features a regularly updated blog with topics about basic photography tips. He also shares his knowledge to provide lists of hot spots to visit in New York City.
1. What do you (or your business) do?
I am a photographer specializing in portraits and photojournalism. As my business is located in New York City, a majority of my clients are local. However, I have done photography work for places in the United Kingdom and as far as Australia.
2. How long have you been in business?
I have been in business professionally for a little over 10 years now. However, photography as a hobby has run much further back than that.
3. Are there any unique challenges in your industry?
Competition is growing in my industry. With an increasing access to digital cameras, there are many hobbyists on the brink of turning into professionals. It is exciting to see people share the same passion as I do. In many ways, they are starting up the way I did. Generating exposure these days is much easier thanks to social media on the internet. However, I must ensure that I maintain and present a level of professionalism in my work to separate myself from the hobbyists out there. It is easy to get lost in the abundance of work out there if I do not make an effort to stand out. It’s a constant grind for a photographer. There is never a time to be complacent.
4. Do you have any particular challenges that you personally address?
I get emails and comments from amateur photographers asking for advice. I do my best to point them toward the resources that would help them toward mastering the foundations of being a photographer. It is all too easy to get wrapped up in repetitive angles. Layers and layers of filters have also become an issue that I feel has permeated entry level photography. Many are not willing to learn the basics such as aperture and shutter speed. I understand the foundations of photography can be a little boring at first. However, it is an essential part for anyone serious about improving their work as a photographer. Amateur or not, I believe the strive to improve oneself should always be present.
5. Do you have any particular challenges that you personally address?
The photography field is definitely growing. Thanks to the widespread access to good quality digital cameras on smartphones, it seems everyone is dabbling a little in photography. There are a slew of young amateurs now inspired to pursue photography as a career. It is exciting to see what new inspirational and striking moments the new generation of photographers will capture.
6. How does technology impact your company?
Technology surely has a massive impact on my company. Photo editing software is of great importance in the photography field. We mainly rely on Adobe Photoshop. New camera bodies and lenses are also consistently being developed. I am always eager to give new lenses a try to experiment with different photographs and produce higher quality ones.
7. Have you ever been to Miami?
During my teens, my family took a vacation to Miami once. I recall visiting Miami Beach and the Miami Seaquarium. I’ll always remember eating at Joe’s Stone Crab. The food there is absolutely delicious. If the opportunity arises to take another trip to Miami, I would definitely take it.
8. Where do you see yourself or business in 5 years?
I hope to see myself continuing a successful business in 5 years. It would be wonderful to open up another studio as well. I am thinking of launching one somewhere in California. I actually have a close friend who runs his own photography studio in Southern California. I have heard of the great success he has had in displaying his own work as well as hosting exhibits for other photographers. It would be nice to run a similar studio.