I concentrate almost exclusively on editorial portraits of musicians, actors, dancers...anyone involved in the performing arts. I create images that imply a narrative or a backstory. Which is why I love working with performers; they are already storytellers by vocation. Collaborating with storytellers makes it easy to reach my ultimate goal: images you can FEEL. Just like a musician serving the song, or an actor serving the scene, we're here to get the shot that stops people in their tracks. Safe, crazy or downright stupid; whatever that takes is just what it takes.
I also shoot a good amount of corporate and commercial work. Which I also love, but I still pretend that they're rock stars when we're shooting.
My main non-camera-related strength is the ability to keep everyone on a shoot calm and relaxed, even during shoots where we should all be anything but. We all know photography is high-pressure, high stakes a lot of the time. I love that. And I love the challenge of getting great images even after things like being kicked out of seven different locations by the security guards of the buildings next door (on both sides of the property I was hired to shoot).
Some client comments:
"Seth was the photographer we wanted from the get-go and he didn't disappoint. His input before the shoot was crucial and his photographs are straight from our dreams! His easy-going manner made it a pleasure for everyone - on all levels. Highly recommended!"
-The Right Now
"Seth Thompson is a phenomenal photographer. One of the things I appreciated about him most was his willingness (without me having to ask) to search around the city for appropriate locations. He probably looked for a couple of weeks to find just the right spot for our shoot. The pictures came out PERFECT. Seth is timely, professional, and most importantly, thinks outside the norm to get the best shots. He comes highly recommended."
If I don't have a camera in my hands, I'm probably writing music or listening to it at ear-shattering decibel levels. I have been known to be kind of over-the-top about music.