Today we’d like to introduce you to Aaron Watkins.
Hi Aaron, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. I attended City Neighbors high school, where I built some lifelong relationships with some real ones. It was during high school that I started gravitating to visual arts. I interned with John Dean Photography and gained invaluable experience. It showed me the behind-the-scenes of the business and also all the fun I could have doing what I love. I attended college for some time at UMES before deciding to leave and focus my efforts on my craft. It was here I transitioned from play money to real money, taking on different clients and learning more techniques and exploring videography, becoming more of a versatile shooter.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Life is a struggle as is but it’s all about how you look at it. Leaving college at first was a difficult blow, but once I changed my perspective, it allowed me to grow and make the necessary changes to be successful. Getting let go from a 9-5 during the pandemic also set me back initially as I took time to reflect though I really wasn’t happy there. It gave me the fire that I needed to ferociously pursue my craft and believe in the gifts I’ve been blessed with.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I love capturing people in their purest essence. Portraits are a favorite of mine. I love shooting landscapes and street photography. In addition to photography, I’ve been heavy into video and drone work recently. Storytelling is one of my passions for sure.
I’ve always tried to look at things from a different perspective, that’s what got me into the arts in the first place. It always stuck with me how some photos or pieces of art would tell stories, and I strive to have my work have that same effect.
Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
To basically, just keep pushing through any hardships. There have been a lot of negatives, but the positives hit harder. Some days are better than others but in the end, the people you keep around you will always have your back and are sure everything is ok.
- Email: Aaronshotyou@gmail.com
- Instagram: Aaronshotyou
Personal photo taken by Damon Braxton @tokyo_damo on Instagram