We had the good fortune of connecting with David Bowles and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Honestly I was tired of working for someone else. You are always working for someone else’s dreams, So I decided to build my own. Now I work with people, and not for people.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I first picked up a camera in 2009 when my son was born, A lot like those MOM-togs who get a camera, to photograph their kids. Except It was around the same time I was in a band playing shows, and getting my picture taking a lot. I shot for a few years, as a hobby, shooting friends bands, shows, and just some abstract stuff. I was really into graphic design, and wanted to go to school for it, but then I fell in love with the culinary world. I became a chef and dedicated 12 years to honing my craft. While I was in that field I didn’t have much time to shoot, so I sold most my gear. About 6 years ago I got another camera, and kinda picked up where I left off. Two years ago I decided to stop cooking and build my wedding photography business.
Shooting weddings was the closest thing to being in a kitchen. It sounds weird, I know but it really is. The adrenaline is about the same. And that’s what I loved most about cooking.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is tough… I hate my city haha, But we both grew up here, so we would probably just go down memory lane, and go find the old skate spots… But most likely just get out of town… No one really likes the Antelope Valley.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My best friend Matthew Stella, Who owns Silver and Cedar in Arizona, is basically why I still own a camera. He is the one who pushed me and got me into photography. I also owe a lot to my wife, who allows me to pursue my dreams no matter what.
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