We had the good fortune of connecting with Noah Gilman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Noah, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk taking has been pivotal to my success as a small business. When you start, you have very little. Little equipment, little money, little experience, maybe even little time because of work or school. You have to make the best of it. That is where risk taking plays its role. The only way to fix these issues is to go out and work. Go out and create and do and explore your passion. It takes risk and it takes you being willing to fail and fall face first. The gigs and jobs you want exist just beyond your comfort zone. Sure, taking pics of models for trade on IG is awesome and fun, but it doesn’t make you money. Its easy and it is comfortable. It was at this point in my career that I invested into myself and joined a networking group of professionals. I was a young 20 something year old who was driven to succeed. People could tell that I was hard working and could produce results for them. It was then that opportunities arose for me. But here is where the risk taking actually begins. You have to say yes to things you may not feel comfortable with. I had no experience taking professional headshots, and I said yes, rented lighting, researched settings and angles all week, and went out and shot a group of folks, did really well and got paid for it. I took a new opportunity shooting real estate photography and another new opportunity shooting product photography and recently larger scale video production. If it wasn’t for my willingness to get pushed against the wall, face uncertainty and the unknown to take the risk of trying something new, I would never know what I was capable of. Risk taking involves failure and falling on your face. These lessons are so important and teach you more than the success of a perfect shoot. You will never make those mistakes again, you learn. That is the only way to improve. To take risks. There is no proven path to success, but the proven attitudes you can take to succeed in any market or journey exist, however you have to take that risk to open yourself up to them. To prove to yourself that you are capable of executing on your dreams. Don’t fall 1 step short of achieving everything you want. Never give up. Take risks and always act out of gratitude and compassion for circumstances. Everything you experience is invaluable to the journey. You are capable of achieving anything you put your mind to, as long as you can deal with the potential failure.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I take pride in my care for my art. I believe it should make you feel something and that’s always been my intention. When I work with clients, I shoot until we feel that spark with the photo and I edit my photos until I personally feel that spark. To me it’s way too easy to slap presets onto photos or to take the same photo over and over. I love novelty and creating lasting memories with my clients. Its my passion as a creator. I’ve been shooting photos for over 15 years, I am 27 now and I started on a BnW film camera and learned how the settings all play a role in creating the feeling that you get when you look at a photo. A local photographer Jon, opened me to my eventual love for this art. He showed me how it could connect me to people and how it was a fantastic medium to express ourselves. A few years later I was blessed with the opportunity to travel through China with Nat Geo expedition and got to learn hands on how to shoot on location from experienced photographers. It was a hugely inspirational trip for me that opened my eyes to creating a life out of what I love. Fast forward to today, I have been through 2 surgeries, which left me without a large intestine, a head injury from skating that took my sense of taste and smell away and I’ve spent a few years living in LA finding out my passion. I am currently one semester away from graduating with a Psych Degree from Csusm. Today I work with professionals in San Diego. I offer high quality, specialized work for social media and for websites. I have touched my hands into all kinds of photography from real estate, family, weddings, product, commercial, headshots, ect… My best advice is to never give up. Through all the life I had experienced I didn’t gave up on what I loved. It’s never a perfect journey but its one that I wouldn’t give up for anything else.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love the coast line that we have here in San Diego. There isn’t a single bad spot all the way from Oceanside to Downtown and further. The beach towns like La Jolla, Cardiff, and Carlsbad have unique and special places that I love to shoot at. You have to spend time in each city to find all the shops and restaurants that are unique to San Diego. Along with our sunsets, burritos and the beaches, I couldn’t be more grateful to live and take photos in this beautiful city. California is a very beautiful place to live in, we are a few hours away from snow, and just 25 minutes from rustic nature out east. its a very versatile place that offers a range of locations to shoot in.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
James Pieri of Lee & Associates (https://www.lee-associates.
Noah Gilman Photography