We had the good fortune of connecting with Quadir Moore and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Quadir, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My thought process behind starting my business was really simple at the time. I had a small new film camera (Nikon F2) and I was really infatuated with the process of developing film and actually being able to see my work come out as a physical memory. Something about the finished rolls of film and having that as a memory forever was really impactful for me. I found myself capturing family members before my move over to LA and to have those rolls with me really gives me a sense of comfort. As I started to really learn more about cameras, I began shooting friends and from there the creative floodgates began to open back up or me, leading up to the filing of my LLC this past February.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What I feel sets my art apart from others is my ability to shoot while also filming and directing video. On most of my shoots I am also filming video via my Sony A7s3. I later create videos via Adobe to really capture the vision I am envisioning both as a photo and as a film. This touch I feel really lets the viewer inside of my head while I’m shooting. They get to see the set-up, me shooting, and I typically throw in some stills to show them the “finished project” to help educate myself and viewers interested in photography.
This combined with organizing and directing teams composed of typically hair, makeup, stylist, and lighting assistance really helped me get to where I am now in photography.
I’m most excited about the growth of my business and my potential as a creative.
I started photography and grew fast interest in capturing people through multiple mediums because… why not?
I started and continue to work through 35mm and medium format film, digital photography through my canon, and video directing and editing through Sony & Adobe. This also came with its own set of challenges that I was able to overcome through hands on application like test shoots and tons of research.
The most important thing I’ve learned along the way is not be too hard on yourself! I spent the beginning of my photography career comparing myself to so many of the legendary photographers around me, constantly feeling as if my work was not good enough more recently realizing that we as creatives all individually have something to offer along with us all having massive potential as individuals and as a team when we come together.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my closest friend was visiting LA the itinerary would have to start with a trip to Runyon park for a small taste of the views here in LA. I would have to start at zinque downtown LA for food. And I would also have to make a visit to malibu beach for the stunning ocean views. The most exciting place to check out in my opinion is El Matador beach in Malibu. As a beach lover I really enjoy a great ocean view and hanging out in the sun for the day.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate my story to Brandon Blake & The Heart Project, they have really inspired me and my career as photographer by providing a safe space for creatives to network and promote their businesses. Brandon is the Creative director for THP making sure to bring everyone’s visions and goals together to create the most exclusive experience for everyone who attends. The name “The Heart Project” was chosen by Teandre Miles who is also an owner that started these events as a way to spread love and support to those on their journeys as creatives. Since debut in Oakland, California THP has now sold out two consecutive events. For more information on THP you can them at xicompany.net/the-heart-project or on Instagram @_theheartproject .
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