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Conversations with Rob Cannon

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rob Cannon.

Hi Rob, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I am a professional photographer and the owner of Robshotme Studios, a fully equipped studio based out of St. Louis, MO, based fully equipped Photography Studio. As a photographer, I specialize in creating visual content for cosmetic, hair, skin, product, editorial, commercial and beauty advertising with my BOLD, SHARP & VIBRATE style. Since birth, I’ve had an affinity for art. When I was a teen, my grandmother gave me a Polaroid Instamatic. I would walk around and just capture photos of my neighborhood and friends. At the time I had a passion for the arts in general, my medium was music. I was a music producer, song writer, and management. I didn’t look at photography as a potential career, I was capturing content for my production team and artists. As time went by, people were reaching out to me more and more to shoot for them.

Around 2012, I was working as a music producer, songwriter and trying my hand at management. I bought a camera to capture video and photo content for my production team and artist. I would post photos on my son and music content. After a few months, people started asking could they hire me for different photography gigs. I had no prior photography training. So I did what most people do in the 2010s. I went on YouTube and learned the basics I needed for each gig.

My first gigs ranged from Birthday Parties – Weddings. Most of my clients were family friends and classmates and I was charging next to nothing. Seeing it as nothing more than a side job. It wasn’t until about 2016 when I discovered the art of beauty and glamour photography. Before then my photos were literally to just capture a moment. Then my photos were more about making a moment and expressing myself through art. I believe that this medium of art translates in a way that I enjoy communicating. Which is why I’m able to flourish so well.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I wouldn’t say I struggle but I would say it took a while for me to realize what I wanted to do with my eye for photography. My biggest fear was being good at everything but not being great at any one thing. I’ve done enough blue collar jobs to know that’s not where I’ll sacrifice my passion. I realized that I enjoy creating, and once I found a way to do that with the medium of photography there was no turning back.

I also didn’t want to dread going to work. I’ve done that enough with warehouse work and miscellaneous jobs I’ve had in the past. I enjoy creating once I realize I can do that with photography it was all she wrote.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I create one-of-a-kind content for brands and individuals who want more out of images. I like to curate something that is more tailor-made to who they are as a brand or individual. We take their vision merge it with mine and tweak it till it’s just the right consistency. I’m more concerned with standing out than rather than fitting in. That’s been my whole life. I think that’s what sets me apart the most. I’m always looking forward to what’s next. It’s my willingness and need to raise the bar that won’t allow me to stay in limbo.

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
I’m a firm believer in the fact that you make your own luck. Whether that be good luck or bad luck. I guess it’s karma. What you put in is what you get out. I feel like if you work hard enough at a goal, you’ll be able to see the hard work pay off in the it in the finished product. I’m just not the type of person that’ll sit around wanting something. If I want something I go get it. It’s a simple as that.

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