We had the good fortune of connecting with Robert Dahey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Robert, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I believe the most important factor for me was to stay on course no matter what. I believed in myself but I had some non-believers on my journey and their comments and critique could have really derailed me. I put my focus on listening to those few who are professionals in the industry as well as those few are close to me for honest encouragement and critique.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
There are so many amazingly talented photographers that it is tough to say what sets me apart. I believe every photographer brings his/her style no matter how minute the difference may be. I believe my strength will be that I found this calling through a challenge with a friend and have excelled in it with my passion as well as guidance from amazing mentors and friends. I never tried to figure out why or how I found any level of success other than challenging myself to be better every time I shoot. I try not to approach it as work but more as something fun I get paid for. So I think my clients have fun with it as well.
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.
Wow. There are so many amazing places to eat and visit in San Diego. I would have definitely take them to visit USS Midway, Hotel Del Coronado for brunch, The Taco Stand for quick lunch, dinner at The Prado in Balboa Park, a little surfing, kayaking through La Jolla Caves, La Jolla Zip Zoom Ziplines in Pauma Valley (is that still San Diego?), tandem paragliding (if they are not afraid of heights), Safari Park, beer tasting at all the microbreweries (Uber over course), Soledad Mountain to overlook the coastline, Iron Mountain hike to overlook San Diego County, UTC for a little shopping, Raised By Wolves for end of day whiskey tasting. BellyUp for some great live music. I can go on and on and on and on…
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There were several people who helped guide my way but one person who stands out the most is Richard Reinsdorf (Website: rrpix.com, Instagram: @rrpix). He is an established commercial, fashion, & celebrity photographer who I looked up to when I started my journey and had the fortune of having him as a mentor and a friend.