“Andy Silvers grew up in Roanoke, Virginia. Since his early teenage years, Andy has expressed a passion for photography. He was always taking pictures, but never had the money for developing the film. He earned his Bachelor of Arts at Virginia Tech, majoring in Art with a concentration in graphic design. For 17 years he has worked as a professional designer, which has allowed him to perfect his retouching and composite skills. His background in art has helped him develop a keen eye for imagery. ”I’ve always been image-oriented,” Andy admits. When he was in the market for a new digital camera about eight years ago, he was pleased to discover that there were finally more affordable DSLR options. After purchasing a D100, Andy became fascinated with the opportunities digital photography offered him. The instant gratification of digital pictures and the decreased film and development expenses allowed him to hone his art and really discover his passion. For several years, he focused on landscape and infrared shots, but people have always been the most interesting subjects for him. As he worked on design projects to pay the bills, Andy’s position as art director helped motivate him to invest in some lighting and start photographing people. The experience of being on set, both acting as art director and observing, gave him a point of reference for setting and placing lighting. His first experience was positive, and so he built from that. He has put a lot of time into lighting experimentation and modification. Currently Andy is employed by a marketing company in Greensboro, North Carolina. He was hired as a designer, but soon took over table-top and corporate photo responsibilities. One year ago, Andy transitioned from designer to company photographer – a position they created especially for him. His art, design and advertising backgrounds, combined with a healthy dose of creative drive, have been the key elements in the development of his style. Andy shoots a diverse range of subjects and concepts, in a variety of situations – from corporate events to studio shoots. It is his editing aesthetic that ultimately ties his work together. “I want people to see what I do and, regardless of the subject matter, the look will be easily recognizable,” says Andy of his work.”
What three words best describes your photography? Diverse, creative, crisp.
How long have you been a photographer? Technically since about 14. Seriously about 8 years.
Canon or Nikon? Nikon.
Do you see a solid career for the bikini models? Depends. But only a few will really make a living out of it.
Do models try to play you for gimmees? If so, does it work? Yes. Not really.
Do you bring Hairstylist and Make up artist to your shoots? As much as I can. Christine Geiger. She can do it all. Wish I could clone her.
Have you ever fallen head-over-heals for a model? No, but there are favorites.
What is better Myspace or Facebook? I personally spend more time networking MM, but will go with facebook for now.
ModelMayhem.com or Paidmodels.com? Model Mayhem
Do you think photographers get a bad rap? Only the ones that earned it.
Who is your favorite photographer? Dave Hill
Have you been able to travel alot? A fair amount. Seems to be increasing and more models traveling to me.
Where do you think most models live? Is this a trick question??
What is the worst experience you can remember from a photoshoot? I split my jeans in the seat and had to borrow some sweats from the boyfriend to finish shooting.
Mac or PC? There is something other than a Mac???
What makes you different from the other photographers? I don’t know. From a stand point on feedback I get from models compared to other photographers is I have a quick turn around of edited images.
Who is the most famous model you have shot with? It’s a toss up between Christine Renee whom has been in many magazines and Francesca Frigo that appears to have quite a fan following so I expect big things from her in the future.
Is there anything you want to express now that people should know about this business? Expect the unexpected.Silversfoto with Andy Silvers - Super Creative!,
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