We had the good fortune of connecting with Namu Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Namu, what do you attribute your success to?
I have a particularly useful skill – it’s the ability to connect with clients in a way that makes them comfortable. You probably thought I was going to say I was good at tracking people down. Nope. But when a client is comfortable, they relax, and when they relax you get great images of them.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
In the photography industry, you’ll often see trends that take over and a wide range of photographers will emulate what they see from industry leaders. That’s perfectly fine as a choice, but I choose to focus less on what’s popular right now and more on what will last. Over the years, I’ve developed a style that is clean, clear and colorful, and I feel like that will stand the test of time far better than trendy color palettes or dark and muted presets or any number of other trends that come and go.
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.
That’s the best thing about Los Angeles – you can go almost anywhere and within a ten block radius, you can walk to twenty different backgrounds. You can almost throw a stick and you’ll hit ultra chic, modern facades or grunge and dirt and industry or fashionable people surrounded by colorful lights. And among all of those locales, you’ll find a hundred different food types. Personally, I vibe with Koreatown, because not only does it have a lot of fun places to eat, there are all kinds of interesting people and places to look at.
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?
There are entirely too many individuals who helped me get where I am, so instead of listing them all, I’ll just collectively refer to them as “my people”. The friends who cheerlead for me, the significant others who gave me a solid foundation to build from, the clients who show me just how much they love the work I do for them by sharing that work everywhere they can.