We had the good fortune of connecting with Koury Angelo and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Koury, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I have always loved art and music. I spent hours as a kid drawing in my room and passed time in grade school by sketching in class. As I got older, I dreamt of being a painter like Picasso or Dali. Photography was very intimidating and seemed so technical with all of the numbers and settings you had to know. I never really gave it much thought until I got to college.

After learning the basics, I focused more on photography as an art form. I soon began honing my skills as a photographer. I loved that photography was so immediate. From that point on, I brought a camera with me wherever I went.

A lot of my friends were musicians. I would shoot their shows on 6th street, hang out backstage and then head to the after parties. My camera became my all-access pass. It gave me a sense of purpose and opened up doors for me in ways that other forms of studio art could not. In hindsight, it seems natural for me to still be doing this, except now it’s on a bigger and a more public platform.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Currently, I am working as a photographer and director in the music and entertainment world. My work has been featured on the covers of Billboard, People, The Hollywood Reporter and more. My clients include Apple, Rolling Stone, Red Bull, Netflix, Google, Spotify, among others. I definitely feel blessed to be making a living as a full-time professional photographer.

My wife and I incorporated our business over 5 years ago. Koury Angelo Photography, Inc. is one of the top image makers in the music and entertainment world. We specialize in high-end professional photography and video for many of the industries biggest brands and publications. With over 15 years of experience, we have built strong relationships working with many of the industries most high profile clients and agencies. We strive for excellence, value integrity, hard work and humility.

What sets us apart is that we love what we do and truly care about the people we work and collaborate with. We go the extra mile to deliver the highest quality assets for our customers in an efficient manner. We understand the importance of deadlines and quick turnarounds. We know what it takes to produce a full scale, week long advertising shoot and we also know how to capture an incredible celebrity portrait in less than two minutes. Whatever curve balls may come our way, we are prepared to adapt and still perform at the highest level.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
-Catch a Dodgers and Lakers Game -Spend a few days at Venice, Santa Monica and Malibu Beaches
-Drive through Downtown LA, Silverlake, Melrose Blvd, the Sunset Strip, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Mulholland Drive and the PCH
-Take day trips to Joshua Tree, Palm Springs and Big Bear
-See a show at the Hollywood Bowl
-Go to Universal Studios and Disneyland
-Go on a hike near Griffith Observatory at sunset
-Go Camping in the Angeles National Forest
-Eat a Double Double Animal Style Burger at In-N-Out

 

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?
Shoutout to my amazing Wife, Brea Angelo. She’s been by my side for over half of my life and has loved and supported me unconditionally. She’s my best friend, my business partner and mother to our three precious kids. On top of all that, she’s an incredibly talented actress and writer. I love that she is just as passionate about her art as I am about mine. I’m so proud of all that she’s accomplished in her career and I can’t wait to see what else she’s going to achieve. Without her, I couldn’t be the person I am today.

Website: Www.Kouryangelo.Com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/kouryangelo / @kouryangelo

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/kouryangelo

Twitter: Www.Twitter.com/kouryangelo

Facebook: Www.Facebook.com/kouryangelophotography

Image Credits
Brandon Dowling (BTS Photo) Koury Angelo (All the other portfolio images)

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