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Life & Work with Max Zakoa


Today we’d like to introduce you to Max Zakoa.

Hi Max, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself
Since I can remember, I’ve loved visiting Baltimore, Maryland, the city that made me and raised me for my first 5 years of life, the dull smell you get when crossing through the tunnel the bright lights the old architecture I’ve always loved my city whilst it seemed like everyone else had something contrary to say.

My favorite spot to soak in the true beauty and ambiance of Baltimore is no other than Federal hill park, me starting my photography journey my freshman year in high school, I would beg my parents to take me into the city to capture my sister and little cousins in the city we were all born in on top of the greatest park in America.

Since I was 15, I’ve had the vision of myself moving back to Baltimore and servicing the great people of Baltimore and its visitors by providing a moment they savor forever, professional photos, last year at 18, I graduated early from high school and moved back to Baltimore to live the vision I only dreamed of.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Some struggles would be social anxiety at first, it takes guts to approach people and put yourself out there. Another one would be the pressure I put on myself to make sure every interaction is positive regardless of whether potential clientele is interested or not, I used to take no’s personally.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m the Federal Hill photographer I’m known for my pictures and my positive attitude, I like to think of myself as the face of Baltimore the media doesn’t like to show you I’ve had the most fruitful and engaging conversations from every walk of life and I let my pictures and personality tell my story.

I try to shine a light on Baltimore showcasing its beauty and allowing locals and visitors a chance to take home a souvenir that unlocks happy memories of “that one evening in Baltimore” or that picnic in Baltimore’s Federal Hill Park” My favorite part of the job is seeing the smile on people’s face when they see themselves or loved ones smiling enjoying the moment together or alone with the city.

Another aspect that gives me all the purpose in the world is when locals specifically, who may not have ever had professional photos done are able to take home pictures with their loved ones and to have their beloved city in the background as well, the smiles and hugs I get mean a lot more than any monetary gains.

What sets me apart is me being so young but being so dedicated to my craft, being able to have such great conversations about vast subjects also gives me the opportunity to create new friends and opens up more opportunities for future work.

What would you say have been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
Never judge a book by its cover, it’s human nature to question people based on appeared but I’ve had some of the most beautiful interactions with everyone from homeless to ex-convicts to some of the brightest students in the Baltimore public school system, every nationality every religion, grieving mothers to newlyweds, politicians… everyone! I’ve learned to judge people based on the content of their character.


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