Someone You Should Know (30)

I had the extreme pleasure of interviewing Keith Luellen, a photographer w an amazing eye for capturing the most intimate and beautiful moments!

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He is extremely passionate about his desire to thrive in this industry, and this young man is well on his way! Let’s take a look!

ELLE: What were you doing/where were you in life (i.e. job/school) when you decided that you enjoy taking pictures and wanted to pursue this as a career?

KL: “I’ve always had a passion for photography, but once I knew that I was going to be a father, I had no choice but to get started. Picking up a DSLR (camera) was no option. I wanted to capture each moment of fatherhood; and I wanted to capture it correctly. At the time, I was working full time for UIC Medical Center (currently still employed there). I began practicing before and after work.”

ELLE: Where is your hometown?

KL: “I was born in Hawaii and lived in California for a bit, but I’ve been in Chicago since 93′ so I am a Chicagoan for sure.”

ELLE: Any photographers/artists in your family?

KL: “My father was an “unofficial” photographer. But his work was amazing.”

ELLE: Who are some of your major influences?

KL: “Trey Ratliff has really inspired me. He is a great photographer! He was born blind in one eye which helped aid in his interests in photography. His works are some of the best I’ve ever seen.”

ELLE: Tell us about your first photography job…were you nervous? What kind of shoot was this? How long did the shoot take?

KL: “Wow…Good question…It was a shoot that I did for a makeup artist, stylist, and beautician. I took pictures of models and I believe that it lasted about 4 hours. I’m sure that I was extremely nervous. I can remember just having to keep taking pictures and saying to myself that one of these 3,000 pictures HAS to be great.”

ELLE: Do you have a ritual that gets you prepared for a shoot? If so, what is it?

KL: “Yes, I do have somewhat of a ritual. It’s funny mentioning it out loud, but I take a picture of myself and jokingly say to the models, “well the camera still works”. That tends to help relax the models and lighten the mood.”

ELLE: Name two of your favorite photography gigs.

KL: “I really don’t have a favorite, but the type of shoots that I enjoy most are the outdoor/family ones. Now that I think about it, I did an event with J’marcus Webb that I thought was really cool. I was his personal photographer for a night. It was at the 2012 Common Ground Gala, which is a pretty big fundraiser sponsored by the widely acclaimed musician Common Sense.”

ELLE: Who are your biggest supporters?

KL: “I have so many people in my family that support, that I can’t distinguish who supports more than the other. However, I can say that I greatly appreciate it.”

ELLE: Where can people find samples of your work?

KL: “My work can be found in a few places. The most common place is my personal website which is http://www.SYGUP.com. However, I also have pictures on the following websites as well.”

http://www.facebook.com/SYGUP

http://sygup.smugmug.com/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sygup/

It was my absolute pleasure to interview Keith, and please be on the lookout for his work! For booking, please visit his website http://www.sygup.com. Also, on Friday November 23, 2012, he will be featured via “The Platform” at http://www.urbanfetes.com, as an up and coming artist in photography! Check him out and make sure to support his business!!

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ELLE

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