When did you become a photographer?
Cody: Around October 2014, I bought my first DSLR!
What inspires you to create?
I love the idea of creating photos that truly take the viewer out of the real world. I love how surreal photography can be.
What’s in your gear bag?
I am a gear hoarder... It's bad. But my main get up is two Canon 5DIIIs, the 35Lii, 50L, 85Lii, and the 135L and of course, the hold fast moneymaker- amiright?
Do you have a favorite lens/camera?
Absolutely! The 5Diii and 35Lii. MMM.
What’s your favorite type of food?
Pizza and Tacos
Do you have any other hobbies?
Yes! I love playing music. Guitar, piano, drums and percussion- it's my getaway from photography and helps me refresh.
How do you like your coffee?
Cold brew all day!
What’s your favorite movie?
The entire Harry Potter series.
Where are you from?
Hot Springs, AR. But currently reside in Nashville
Do you have a defining moment in your career?
I actually did! I really started investing in the education side of photography and making myself learn and challenging myself. That's when things really started to make sense to me.
Tell us about your vision, what’s your style of photography?
I love photos that encompass every part of love. The happy, the sad, the calm and the adventurous moments. I'd define my style as intimate, moody, and adventurous.
When you’re in a creative rut, how do you get unstuck?
Lots of things actually! Creative shoots, couple shoots with a completely different type of location or setting etc. Traveling and music are also two thigns that really help!
How much of a photograph do you pre-plan and how much editing do you do after?
I am a huge planner. I google map every location up and down, google sessions from the area to see how and where the light falls and research the hike times for more remote locations. My editing process looks fairly different than my original raw photo but I aim to love my photos in camera as well before moving on.
Balance is important, how do you balance photography and your personal life?
Just learning to say no sometimes has helped a ton. Using the "I'm not at my desk" as a means of communicating that I am not available so I can be present in my personal life.
What’s your best piece of advice for another photographer?
Invest in yourself. Every. Single. Day. Learn, set up shoots, attend workshops, keep decent gear maintained, edit older photos over and over etc. Just work your ass off. Be willing to spend more time than you are paid for so you can relax later down the road. Hustle.
Do you have any great stories during one of your shoots?
Absolutely! I had a couple on top of a mountain as a storm rolled in and not only were they some of my favorite photos, the couple said it was one of the best experiences they've ever had together.
Who influences you?
My fiancé, Allison is a huge influence in my life. That sort of goes without saying. But it's so true. She backs me in everything I pursue and has never let me go without any oppurtunity. She's also played a huge part in making our business and workflow wonderful.
As far as another artist and photographer goes, I greatly admire Jordan Voth. He's a prime example of someone who's put in the work to build a wonderful brand and name for himself. He's also extremely humble and kind and someone I am glad I connected with and learned from.
What would you tell someone who’s wondering if they should come to Over Yonder?
Do it! I say that because I know the work we have put in and how we plan to really invest in our attendees. This isn't a "look at what I can do- maybe you can too" workshop. This is focused on how we can help you and push you. We are going to raise questions that people are too scared to raise. We are going to share some bold statements and opinions on how to run your business in this industry and community.