Today, we’d like to introduce you to Roger Hamilton. Roger was introduced to us by the brilliant and talented Lu Ross.
Roger, can you walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
When I was a teen, I purchased a used camera from a relative just for occasional use. However, I quickly became adept at shooting landscapes and soon the occasional became an every weekend outing. I studied photography magazines in every free moment through my high school years. In short, a hobby became an obsession. To succeed in college, I had to stop photography to focus on my studies.
After a long, long hiatus, I sold my old photography gear and purchased new, updated gear. Photography at the time remained a serious hobby but nothing more until my niece asked for me to help her with her modeling portfolio. That was the beginning of my working with models and with it rekindled a long slumbering passion for photography. That was seven years ago. At nearly the same time, close friends of mine who were also accomplished photographers helped me with building a portfolio, mentored me on aspects of posing, lighting, and other elements of photography which jump started my career as a photographer. I decided four years ago to turn semi-professional and to turn a hobby into a business. Today, I work with two brands. One is a contemporary portraiture brand, Roger Hamilton Photography, encompassing modeling portfolios, acting portfolios, business headshots, and portraiture. The second brand, The Vintage Photographer, focuses on everything vintage. 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, Pinup, and more is captured under this brand.
Please tell us more about your brand, The Vintage Photographer
My businesses as I previously mentioned are divided into contemporary and vintage portraiture. The focus of Roger Hamilton Photography is acting, modeling, and business portraiture. With this brand, I distinguish myself from others in my area because the focus is on supporting acting and modeling portfolios. I work with community theatre to capture acting headshots and with aspiring models to assist in building their portfolio. I especially like working with those new to modeling so as to mentor and coach them. I am most proud of seeing my work being used on websites. It is a sense of accomplishment. My second brand, The Vintage Photographer, is different than others in that I focus entirely on vintage work. With this brand, my goal is to capture an image with period lighting if desired and to capture the feeling of a given decade and this quality I feel sets me apart from others. My business in pinup is the most popular request with The Vintage Photographer brand. My work is frequently published in pinup magazines, and I am very proud of seeing my work not only published but in print.
As you know, we’re big fans of Lu Ross and Lu Ross Photography Inc. we know you’ve worked with them quite a bit as well. We’d love to hear about your experience working with Lu Ross.
I came to know Lu from a business contact a number of years ago. I immediately started following her work and eventually contacted her after a little bit of time. Her work called to my earlier days in landscape photography as a youth. Lu’s work captivates the soul, and is breathtakingly beautiful work. The more I look at her work, the more I become immersed in the image. Lu has captured for me art that calls to me again and again while offering a temporary escape from my daily life. I am especially drawn to her abstracts and come back to them time and again. She truly is an artist at heart while giving a voice to the landscapes she captures.
Lu’s work has been shown in many galleries, museums, and art shows. Her works still show in a number of places and of course online on her website. Her success as a photographer may have started with formal training but a lifetime of experiences makes her works relatable, approachable. As ‘Artist in Residence’ with the Mojave National Preserve she published her first book and with it some proceeds go back to support the environment. The Mojave Desert is a delicate environment in which to travel and to survive. Expertly, Lu captured the stories told by the landscape.