Based in Waynesboro, Virginia, wedding and fine art photographer Sean Thurston considers photography much more than a business. Over the last 15 years, photography has helped Sean focus on the positive and beauty that often goes unnoticed. Sean brings talent, passion, and his positive outlook to his photography business, and he works tirelessly to ensure his clients have the best experience possible. We interviewed Sean to learn more about how he finds inspiration and what it takes to make it in the photography industry. Find more of Sean’s work on his Website, Wedding Maps Profile, and Instagram profile.
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What’s in Sean’s Gear Bag?
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Interview with Sean Thurston
What is your favorite camera lens and why?
It used to be my trusted 70-200 and while it’s still great, these days I find myself using the 28-70 f/2 far more for so many jobs. It’s an incredibly versatile lens and a far better choice than a 24-70.
How long have you been a photographer? What got you started?
I’ve been a photographer now for 15 years. I started from a passion for landscape photography until my first daughter was born. I then learned how to shoot people and those stories are always different.
How do you differentiate yourself from the photographer down the street?
Knowledge and education first and foremost. Other than that, I would simply say creative style.
What is the best part about being a photographer?
The fulfillment of being part of someone else’s story and seeing the excitement and joy in their faces knowing their legacy had been documented beautifully.
What is the most challenging part of being a photographer?
Dealing with the “feast or famine” business roller coaster.
What are your sources of photography inspiration?
My most recent inspiration is a photographer from Israel named Zachar Rise. He shoots how I think of fine art and I love it.
What do you think your keys to success are in this industry?
Consistancy, I believe is the biggest key, followed closely by a love of people and the craft.
What advice would you give someone wanting to learn photography?
Never forget the reason that you started down this path. You’ll need that knowledge in the difficult times.
Other than your wedding work, what type of photography is your favorite and why?
Fine Art for sure. I love the painterly look and feel of beautifully lit images in this style. After my back injury in the military, I know that my given time with weddings won’t last forever, and I hope that I can maintain my business through transitioning to Fine Art.
Any parting words?
We’re all only given one shot at this. I have the opportunity to fill hearts with what I can do on a daily basis. This is my talent and I’m so pleased that it makes others happy.