Rick Sammon has said that he specializes in not specializing, and I am seeing that approach to photography more often. Today's guest is Will Cadena, and his portfolio include Weddings, Bar / Bat Mitzvahs, Corporate Events, Commercial work, and Cinematography, and the entire body of work is world class.
Will brings a sense of space to his images, with subjects that pop off the background. His lighting never leaves the subjects without their environment, while at the same time keeping the background in it's place. I'm browsing his site while writing this, and there is just an amazing richness to his work. Needless to say, picking an image for this show was difficult.
Having started taking an interest in photography at a young age, today he is a sought after speaker. He has educated audiences at the Canon Experience Center, and the Fundy Inspiration Workshop to inspire Disney's Fine Art photographers at Disney World. He's spoken at PhotoPlus NY, and is a Speaker & International Judge at WPPI. From Imaging USA to the Vegas Symposium Will Cadena is helping to advance the creative community.
His client list ranges from FJ Westcott and Think Tank Photo to Synology, Wacom, Sekonic and Celebrate. From Shinzo Abe - the Prime Minister of Japan, to Johnny Depp, Derek Jeter, Michael Bloomberg or Timothy Gunn, it seems Will can work in any situation regardless of pressure.
Join photographer Will Cadena and me for a chat about everything from shooting on location to overpowering the sun, and as we dissect how he made his beautiful fashion photo, on this Behind the Shot.
Connect with Will
Conferences with Will as a Speaker
Wedding MBA: weddingmba.com
Imaging USA: imagingusa.org
Will's Photographer Pick
Take a look at who he follows on Instagram: instagram.com
Model | Hair & Makeup
(At 30:46 I asked if Will remembered the model's name. Thanks to Jennifer Denton Photography, who reached out on Instagram (@jendentonseniors) to mention the name of the model, and the hair & makeup crew.)
Model - Victoria Quartieri: @victoria_quartieri
Hair & Makeup - Jax Studio: @jaxstudio