We had the good fortune of connecting with Louie Galvez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Louie, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
I am not afraid to fail. I fail all the time. So I embrace failure and look at the things that I did wrong and correct them the next go around. I feel that making the acceptance of failure a good habit, and not looking at it as a negative, has helped me grow as a photographer tremendously. It motivates me to be better. It helps me at my next shoot to reflect on past mistakes and prepare or execute certain things in a better way. I also am not afraid to try things that I feel may or may not work while I am shooting. If it doesn’t work, then it just simply doesn’t work. Move on. Keep working. Learn, Improve. Repeat.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I don’t think that I am anything special. I am not the best and at the same time, definitely not the worst photographer around. I screw stuff up all the time. I’m just a guy with a camera with a passion for photography and a desire to be better with every shoot. I will say I have come a long way from where I started, but nowhere close to where I want to be. A lot of people have said my style is edgier, dark, moody, and artistic, and I like the sound of all of those, so I’ll stick with that for what sets me apart from others. It’s different. Doesn’t mean it’s better, just different. If I wanted to let the world know one thing about me, it would be that I’m just a guy having fun with his camera and trying to take some cool pics.
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.
Captain Toms on 1960 Hans Crawfish El TIempo Glorias Franks Pizza The Ranch Bar and Kitchen I don’t really go anywhere else for nightlife so I can’t answer that too well but there was this one spot years ago that played A Tribe Called Quest all night and it was the best night of my life. There was also a shooting there when the club closed. CRAZY NIGHT! But I want to go to Barbarella one day and Unicorn Disco.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I definitely have to give credit to David Grice. We speak literally almost daily about photography and life in general. He is a “friendtor” (totally just made that up by the way) who keeps it straight with me and lets me know what areas I can improve on with my photography and always helps me with recommendations on gear, how to shoot something better, and always quick with the jokes and jabs.
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