Everyone’s got a story.
Although I’m a photographer, I’ve done jobs in my lifetime that I’ve greatly regretted (cleaning old car batteries with methylated spirits springs to mind) and loved (cleaning giant oil cookers with giant paddles brings back fond memories). I gave up a career in IT to pursue photography because I felt it was the right way forward for me.
When David came to see me, we spoke about why he was here and his story seemed to ring a familiar bell.
I dropped out of a top computer science program to teach myself data science using online resources like Udacity, edX, and Coursera. The decision was not difficult. I could learn the content I wanted to faster, more efficiently, and for a fraction of the cost. I already had a university degree and, perhaps more importantly, I already had the university experience. Paying $30K+ to go back to school seemed irresponsible.
I now create and teach courses for Udacity's Data Analyst Nanodegree program. At Udacity, our mission is to democratize education, providing aspiring learners around the world with access to affordable, technical education that enables students to master the needed skills to launch or advance their careers.
We were happy to work with David on both a more professional, yet casual, relaxed look as well as something a bit more personal, dramatic and unusual.
Sometimes our clients need a mix of images, maybe something business-like for LinkedIn and something a little more relaxed for a more general audience like Twitter or Facebook or Instagram. Often times we talk about their needs before the shoot; their target audience, the right mood you’re trying to create.
At the end of the day, we try to deliver the kind of images that set you apart from your competition and yet feel right at home in your industry.