We had the good fortune of connecting with Mark Chaudhary and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mark, how does your business help the community or world?
Most of the kinds of photography I do involves searching for, crafting, and capturing the beauty and joy in human relationships. And if you think about it, at the end of the day these aspects of our lives are what we aspire to, and what we cherish.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My craft is about finding and capturing light, and beauty, and happiness. It’s been a remarkable journey over the last decade not always smooth, yet looking back I find I’ve made steady progress over the years. When I (literally) first picked up a camera back in 2007, I had no idea what an aperture was or what to do with it but I just went out and shot, and sometimes I just got lucky with what I was able to produce. That really helps. With so much information available online I taught myself every aspect both technical and business related and at times the progress has been slow and felt plodding. There have been times when I’ve caught myself being mechanical about things and have had to force myself out of a rut. And then there are those moments of epiphany when you start to notice things in the course of your own work. Things like elements of style, use of color, field of view, and different approaches to services and offerings all of which combine to strengthen your brand and enrich the field in which you operate. Mine is a continuing story. I’m painfully aware of how much I have yet to learn and every day the field I see and wish to explore seems to grow wider and deeper. A few years ago I branched out in video and short film which is another entire world of opportunity. I am now exploring service offerings like product photography, commercials and marketing videos. In November I will be opening my first physical studio location near 7th Street & Redondo in Long Beach and I’ll be offering a wide variety of both still photography as well as video services to all of LA and Orange Counties. 2021 is going to be an amazing year.
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.
There’s so much to explore here. I take every visiting friend to a small restaurant called Gypsies over on Belmont pier for their Persian food and Turkish coffee. I follow that up by taking them across the bridge into San Pedro to Cabrillo Beach and if it’s warm enough we’ll swim on the open ocean side. I then drive them around and show them places along Palos Verdes Dr like Abalone Cove and Wayfarer”s Chapel. I love the drive along that road. Of course there’s all the major attractions in LA and Santa Monica but I especially like walking down the 3rd St. Promenade in Santa Monica and popping in to random stores for ice-cream. Venice, the Santa Monica Pier, the museums, there’s so much to see and too much to list. Back in Long Beach my favorite location to work and to relax in is El Dorado Park. There’s squirrels and wild birds and lakes throughout the park and the air always smells so fresh and clean. If they’re here for longer than a few days I’d start to take them further along the coast both north and south and explore the natural beauty farther out.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shout out is to all the people I’ve ever worked with as first timers in a family photo shoot for whom I’ve been able to craft something special who have loved what I do. They are my motivation to keep getting better.