We had the good fortune of connecting with David Walker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think risk-taking is paramount in achieving your goals in life. It’s easy to sit in your comfort zone, because its safe and familiar there. When you step out of your comfort zone and go for things you’re afraid of, that is where dreams begin. People will tell you no that won’t work, or that’ll never happen, but the truth is they are just projecting their own fear.
When I moved to Los Angeles from New Jersey, I didn’t know a single single soul out here. No friends, no business contacts, nothing but a dream. It was a huge risk, but I was determined to make it happen. And I did.
Every time I picked up my camera, I would push my own self imposed creative limits. Each and every time, I surprised myself at was I was capable of. It’s led me to shooting for magazines and brands I dreamed of working with in the years prior. I was always scared of going for these things because at the time I didn’t believe I was good enough. I set my own limitations. Funny how that works isn’t it?
A risk is only a risk if your scared of the outcome. When you give your whole self to your passion and detach from the outcome, whether it will or will not happen, that’s where the magic happens!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I love shooting work that speaks to you. All of my work is a part of me. And not just because I photographed it. Some of my work represents parts of myself that I’ve outgrown. I enjoy shooting things like that as a way to sort of reminisce.
Then there’s work that represents the current “version” of me. Those shoots happen when I’m feeling in tune with myself.
I do my best to only shoot with models, magazines, and brands I feel I can relate too. I find that pretty important.
I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some very talented designers like Phlemuns, and have published editorials in magazines such as Cake Mag, A Book Of, Sticks and Stones Agency, amongst others.
The road hasn’t been easy, although it hasn’t been incredibly hard either. You get what you give as they say. When you work hard, things will fall into place. The biggest advice I would give is to network, network, network. The fashion industry really requires you to prove yourself. You have to shoot good work, but that’s only half the battle. Work with as many creatives as you can that meet your aesthetic.
Shoot big (within reason) when reaching out to brands or creatives you want to work with. You’ll get some yes’s and some no’s. When the answer is a no, look at what you can improve on, or what’s missing in your work. Then try again. Don’t give up.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oh this is a fun one! I’d go with Sycamore Kitchen for a bomb breakfast on the outdoor patio. Stamp Proper Foods is always a winner for a healthy and delicious meal if we were in Los Feliz. Get the spinach quinoa side, thank me later.
After that we’d go for a hike over at Los Liones Trail. The view when you get to the top overlooking Santa Monica and the Pacific is just amazing. Then we would take a drive to El Matador State Beach to watch the sunset. And finish up the night at Nobu for some of the best seafood.
Joshua tree would also be a must. We’d have to spend at least a few days out there as well. Get an Airbnb with a nice hot tub and just cool out and disconnect. Wakeup the next day and spend the day hiking and exploring the park.
When we got back into town and still felt like going out, a night out on the outdoor patio at La Mesa would be a solid time for sure! There’s so much to do in this city you’d never be able to squeeze it all into one trip, but that would be a really fun start.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Teamwork makes the dream work as they say. Thank you to all the agencies, models, stylists, hair and makeup artists, brands, designers, magazines, and all other creatives I’ve worked with for putting their passion into their work and believing in my work as well.
Also thank you to my friends and family who have given me the space and time necessary while I pour my heart and soul into my art.