Chris Orwig interviews Jeff Lipsky for A Photo Editor

A while back, Chris Orwig invited Jeff Lipsky to lecture at the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California, where Chris teaches. The school’s list of past presenters is a who’s who of photography, so the students are accustomed to hearing from the best. Yet Jeff’s presentation stood out. “A few of the students who heard Jeff speak said it was life changing,” says Chris.

His students’ enthusiastic response inspired Chris to interview Jeff. Their Q&A appeared yesterday on A Photo Editor and explores Jeff’s beginnings as an avid snowboarder, skiier, and fly-fishing guide in Telluride, Colorado—a city he moved to on impulse directly after graduating from Boston University—all the way to his current life as a successful celebrity and lifestyle photographer.

The interview is full of interesting stories and inspiration. The excerpt below, for example, is Jeff’s advice for aspiring photographers:

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Target who you want to work for and go out and meet people in person. It is the single most important thing for getting work. And use every resource that you can to learn. Assist for as many other photographers as you can as a way to learn the business. And constantly shooting while you are assisting. I’ve always felt that it boils down to timing, tenacity and talent. You have to be at the right place in the right time. There’s a reason why I moved to Los Angeles. You need to be where it is happening. Tenacity – constantly produce work and get it in front of the right people. If someone doesn’t like your work, that’s ok. Have the self-confidence in what you do and press on. Talent – it comes from learning from your own mistakes. Go to photo editors and other photographers and ask them for input. Listen to their advice, yet stay true to what you want.

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Read the full interview here.

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Click the screenshot to read the story at aphotoeditor.com.

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