In an exclusive The Booth interview, we spoke to Zachary’s Lab.
As a videographer, photographer, and all things in between, he’s taking his skills to multiple levels and all over the country. Working with some of your favorite Detroit artists, his portfolio is impressive.
His artistic work, however, isn’t created by a brush or pen, it’s by a lens.
Tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m 20 years old and started taking pictures last year. I moved in with an old friend who did videos and it was always entertaining to see what goes on after the shoot itself. I had a camera all my life but didn’t decide to take it seriously until mid 2020.
Which photographers influenced you, and how did they influence your thinking, photographing, and career path?
Errrr, not many. Definitely my boy Q (@antiamerikka), Tommy (@ikushsmoke). Throw Vuhlandes in there too, he played a factor early on when trying to figure out what I LIKE to shoot.
Why did you choose photography/videography?
I’ve always done something related to computers. Whether it was clothing design, graphics, logos, flyers, I always loved creating shit. It started at 15 when I made my first clothing brand and needed to shoot the clothes I created. That’s when Mom passed down her Canon T3i. I wouldn’t consider this the start though. My mom and sister both are heavy into photography, I think it trickled down.
What is your expertise as a photographer?
I wouldn’t necessarily say I specialize in one area. I started doing portraits/music videos and eventually was introduced to a dispensary called Sunnies Cannabis Co where I began doing product shots and promo type videos. I’d consider myself pretty versatile.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
The fact that it doesn’t feel like a job. It never has felt like work to me. I’ve always enjoyed every aspect of my “job”
If you were to give advice to someone about how to become a photographer, what would you say? What would you not say?
I’d say don’t even do it unless you’re happy doing it. There’s always something new to learn about photography, it never ends, every camera is different. What I wouldn’t say though? The amount of garbage songs I’ve had to edit videos to. It sucks. A lot.
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