10 minutes with Dyad

Interviews with Photographers October 24, 2011 11:25 am

How did you first become interested in photography and when did you decide to work together as a team?

Both of our interests in photography started in high school.  We would put off other work to shoot.  We met in college at Rochester Institute of Technology.  Dated there and later married after moving to NYC.  We would talk over ideas and become excited about the same concepts, so the natural next step was to start working together.  We had a convenient studio, so we could work anytime.  It was a smooth transition to start working as a team.  We collaborated on all parts of shooting – lights, styling objects.  It helped that we were on the same page and like the same things. Having a joint final concept is key when working with another person, but we are both on the same track.  New ideas always pop-up, but we talk them through together before we act on them.  

Dyad

Dyad

Dyad

 

Can you describe your process when you get an assignment?

Our clients vary.  Some just send us items and we correspond a little over email.  Others know exactly what they want, so we talk it over, sketch out our ideas, and work out the mood for the final image to gauge lighting.  Meeting face to face is always preferable, but everyone is busy so sometimes that just can’t happen.  We try to lock down the concept so the client can move on with their work.  All projects are a team effort with the client, so we always want the client to feel comfortable about the process and the final outcome before we start shooting. It makes everything much more fluid – shooting and variations on the concept when necessary.  

Dyad

Dyad

Dyad

 

Are you currently working on any personal projects?

We are! Keeping ourselves tied up with personal work helps to keep us motivated.  We’ve been working on some water concepts most recently, and stop motion.  One idea will get stuck on our minds, and we need to shoot it so we can move on to something new.  New ideas are always floating around.

 

Dyad

Dyad

Dyad

 

Which photographers are currently inspiring you?    

Both of us have deep and abiding respect for Irving Penn and Robert Park Harrison.  They’re so thoughtful in their printing, and their images are just gorgeous.  They use deep and rich tones, and their concepts are beautiful.  A lot of our inspiration lately has been out of the city, in nature. Our ideas generally flow best when we’re relaxed and not concentrating on any one particular thing.

 

Dyad

Dyad

Dyad

 

Any words of wisdom for the up and comers?

The best thing we did when we started out was work for people we respected and admired.  Working with people who are genuinely excited about photography and love their job is important.  We’ve also found that taking inspiration from our lives outside of photography is important too.  Our industry can sometimes become stagnant, so it’s crucial to look beyond it.  We depend on the up and comers to bring a fresh eye. So if people think your work is a little strange, you’re going great!

 

(Dyad is based in New York. See more, here.)

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