We had the good fortune of connecting with Dorian Fernandez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dorian, what inspires you?
I’m inspired by life. Everything that goes down around me, to me, within me. All that. I take what I see, what I hear, what I experience and put it behind everything I create. Whether it be clothes, paint, woodwork etc. I try to translate that external energy into something tangible.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My photography is unique because that is the definition of photography. No two pictures are exactly the same. That could never be. The same way no two photographer have the exact same style. With that being said cameras are tools and it is truly up to the photographer capture what is intended to be translated to the audience. For me, I always intend to capture the essence of existence. Life. That is my personal goal when I shoot. For that reason I consider myself a candid photographer first and everything else second. Photography has never been hard for me per se, but it did take some work to understand the fundamentals of photography. I still learn new things all the time. Although I do both, I prefer to learn as I go rather than learning theoretics and then applying them later. The best way to overcome challenges is to meet them head on and head strong. Never give up and never be afraid to ask for help. Be quick to ask for help and be quick to admit you don’t know something. It will make everything so much easier. That’s one lesson I learn and re-learn all the time. I want the world to know that although I do strive for perfection, I’m not perfect. I don’t know everything, I don’t expect I ever will. The truth is i’m simply trying my best everyday even on my bad days. Thats my secret. I treat my brand as an extension of myself so you’ll see the same values and traits when we do business. I’m actively trying to learn and grow so that my brand and business will too. Some days the growth feels like its happening overnight, some days it feels like I haven’t grown enough. Sometimes there are growing pains and everything gets tough for a matter fo time but growth is constantly happening whether we recognize the speed in which it is happening or not.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The first day we have to go hard so I’m taking you to Washington Ave. I usually go to The Standard because thats where my friends like to go but Washington has options so maybe we’ll bounce around and try drinks here and there. For lunch or dinner I recommend going to Eighteen36 off W. Alabama and Greenbriar. They have all day Happy Hours on Thursdays and they make really good cocktails. (P.S. I work there on weekends so you know its a cool spot.) If i’m not eating at Eighteen36 I’m trying a new vegetarian or vegan restaurant. We have a few around the city, my favorite is Sunshine’s Vegetarian Deli & Health Food Store. I’d probably end the trip by going out to Midtown or Downtown. There are a lot of cool bars and clubs to try.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout story to my family and my friends. Without their support I’m not sure what I would be doing. Specifically, my mother and my sisters for helping me get my first camera and being my first models. I would also like to shout out Burgess Williams, Jalin Scott and Desmond Jackson, three teammates and long time friends of mine, who helped shape the person I was up until the start of my company and even after.