Interview with Daniel Blue Photographyby Johnny Monsarrat
I am so glad I met Daniel Blue. I've only used his services once -- to shoot a lecture I gave on starting a business -- and we already feel like fast friends. It takes me a while for me to get him to name drop that he's spent time with a lot of celebrities, including Snoop Dogg, Maria Sharapova, Jerome Bettis, Pitbull, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, and KayneWest.
"Is Snoop Dogg really on pot 24/7?" I ask.
"Yea, he really is," says Daniel. "And probably one of the nicest guy I've ever met."
Half-Israeli, Daniel was born in Miami and ran his first show at the age of 18 helping bring Run DMC and the Chemical Brothers to their first ever show in Jerusalem. Then in Miami, he helped to shoot everything from music videos to commercials, including driving "star coaches": motor homes for stars who need to be on set. He got to interact with a lot of famous folks that way and perhaps their professionalism rubbed off on him. He then became a production assistant and a second assistant director, working for television shows, commercials, and production companies like "Say Yes to the Dress" for TLC, Procter and Gamble campaigns, Lifetime pilots and ScalpedProductions with Director Ernesto Galan. If that's not enough, he was once in a band that went semi-professional. Then he came to Boston to get a degree from Boston University's Center for Digital Imaging.
But now he's here in Boston, working as a commerical photographer. He shoots Still Life, which means product, glass, and food. And he shoots Portraiture, Models, Family photos, and Weddings. The only photos he won't take are for your passport!
How's he different? "I'm a lighting specialist," Daniel says. "To me, it's all about lighting: available light, artificial light. And I'm also really good with people, so that's something that makes me stand out. I engage people and put them at ease for the shoot."
I'm already a believer. Daniel has already put me so much at ease with our short project together, for example offering additional tweaks to the color and lighting of the shoot that I didn't even ask for, that already I'm lining up new projects for him in my head as we're speaking.
"It's going to be an adventure," I say.
"It is," he says. "It's photography as an active process, not a passive process. I don't take pictures, I paint with light."
I am pleased to give Daniel my highest recommendation. Check him out at www.danielbluephotography.com, or 617-899-0247, or firstname.lastname@example.org.