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David Friend Photography

David Friend

Model Insider Spotlight - David Friend - MI 1222

How did you get started in photography? What brought you to it?
I have always been creative as far back as I can remember. When I was a kid I would take my little 110 Fisher Price Camera with the little flash bulbs around with me and shoot anything that interested me.

It was not tell 1998 when I got my first 35 mm film camera as a gift for one of my birthdays, I took it everywhere I could and shot anything I saw around me. I have to say that most of what I shot on 35 mm was Black & White images.

A few years later I bought my first DSLR camera and loved how freeing digital made things for me I could now explore being more creative and experimental with my photography with out the cost of developing film and printing.

Do you consider yourself: Pro, Semi Pro, Hobbyist, Amateur, Something Else?
I would say Semi-Pro.

How did you find Model Insider and what do you like best about it?
I found MI from a post in a forum of another networking site and signed up, and really did not use it much for months then one day I logged in and got to know some great people on the site and felt like a valued user and not a number and have been here from that point on. Hmm, what do I like best About MI? Lets see. I like the fact that the site has so many helpful people on it willing to help anyone. I have made some great friends from the membership of Model Insider.

What gear do you use?
I shoot with a Sony A300 camera. I really only use 3 lenses when shooting, a 50 mm F1.8 and an 18-70 and 75-300. Most of my lighting gear has come from e-Bay and I have a set of hot lights that I used before I got my e-Bay Lights. I am currently working on upgrading my lights.

What is your usual genre? Favorite genre?
Oh that’s a hard one for me to nail down to just one. I like to shoot anything I can, but it seems most of my model photography has been Casual/Editorial, although I enjoy creating all kinds of work from nudes to artistic shots and all other styles in between.

How do you find models to work with?
I find models to work with me in a few ways: my website, Facebook, casting calls on networking sites like MI, photo comments, profile tags, messages lists, etc. Basically ANY PLACE I CAN. :-)

Do you do provide styling and makeup? Do you work with a preferred MUA?
If its a paid shoot I try and have a MUA there. If its a trade shoot most of the time I will ask if the model can do her hair and makeup.

I do not have a preferred MUA that I use

Where do you see yourself going in the next year, artistically and business wise?
Artistically I see my self creating images that I can display in the art gallery where I show some of my work.

Business wise I am not really sure where things are heading but I am hopeful 2012 will be a great year.

Do you shoot both in studio and on location and do you have a preference?
I shoot in both, if it’s a trade shoot most of the time I shoot those outdoors, if it’s a paid shoot I tend to shoot those in a studio or a rented location. I don't really have a preference.

Do you have your own studio? If not, do you find this a limitation?
I do not currently have a studio (I am looking for a space), I wish I did so I could do more shoots when the weather turns nasty and a location shoot is not a option.

Do you travel?
I travel from time to time. Just this year I have made 2 trips to the Las Vegas area and love it Every time I go.

I am also looking to make trips to the Midwest and the East coast. Some time in 2012 is the plan.

Anything else you'd like to tell Model Insiders about yourself?
Visit my website,, and feel free to fan my Facebook page,

As a Team Insider volunteer, would you offer a few words on the value you get from your membership and volunteer time?
As a Team Insider on Model Insider I enjoy being able to help the membership out, answering questions, etc

David's favorite images he has posted to MI.
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