Sean Nelson photo
From videographer to photographer
Sean Nelson is a Las Vegas-based photographer and videographer. His path is unusual but still resembles many who do photography today.
Sean’s first passion was video production. He used to shoot videos for the family and at parties. Fed by a deep appreciation for his work, he decided to get into video production as a way of life. But Sean started shooting some photography at all his video shoots.
Since he shot his videos with a DSLR, he had a stills camera (a canon EOS 5D mark IV) in his hands anyway, Sean would shoot more and more photos at all his hoots. People really enjoyed these photos. Contract after contract evolved into a more photo-based clientele. He now almost exclusively does photography contracts and shoots a bit of video as a bonus.
From Philadelphia to Las Vegas
Sean lived in Philadelphia till the age of 24. He moved to Las Vegas and started producing behind-the-scenes videos for an already established Las Vegas photographer. It is there where his photo passion started.
Today, if you ask anyone in the Vegas area what Sean does, they will say fitness photography. The main brunt of Sean’s clients is extremely high performing fitness people looking get THE picture of the fruits of their fitness labor. Sean says that it is a great niche within the photography world because he personally has built a name as the ultimate person to consult if you want to show off your muscle fitness.
Breaking the beauty rules
Sean mentions that photography of the fitness model is slightly different from that of the boudoir or beauty nude model. He says that although he works quite a bit with natural light, he prioritizes contrast. Where a boudoir photographer might look for softer lighting roll off, Sean looks for more contrasty and harsh light differences. It really helps in defining aspects of a muscular human form.
The photoshoot in the desert flats
These photos were taken in the desert flats near Las Vegas. All lighting is natural and is the result of an end of shoot decision. Although some of the shots are from the desert flats, the most striking, light wise, are those taken on the road.
What is important to Sean is making people around him happy. His biggest joy is to make people smile and feel good about themselves.
He also prides himself on getting a style down pat and moving on to learn other techniques. With Lucia, he has discovered a new love for circus photography and welcomes any new challenge involving the circus arts.
A traveling photographer
Travel is part of Sean’s reality as he does it up to 20 times a year. He travels all around the United States and also across Europe. The best places to see his work is on Instagram or at his website.
To those wanting to get into photography, he really feels that the days of the classic photographer gig is gone. It is important for most people getting into the photography game to build a brand via all social media platforms. Pick a project you would love to do and go do it for free. From those types of projects, one can build a following and an online identity.