Luke Fontana1

July 2015


What did you want to become when you were a child?

When I was a child I wanted to be a veterinarian, then a filmmaker, by high school I knew I wanted to be a photog.


How did your friends/family react when you told them you wanted to be a photographer?

My grandfather was a photographer and special effects artist, so it was understood that one could make a living as an artist. There was only support.


How long have you been a photographer for?

Hard to say, but I graduated school and moved to NYC late 2011.


What has been your greatest accomplishment so far:

That's a tough one, but I feel that being able to do what I love for a living and having that be my only job.


Who inspires you in the industry?
I've been lucky enough to meet stunningly talented people in all different industries, I'm close with some other photographers but my main circle of friends is comprised of filmmakers, actors and people with other random creative jobs.


You have photographed many celebrities, have you ever been "star struck"?
Some of my self produced shoots have had me pretty nervous, not because the person is massively famous but just because my respect and admiration for them is so immense.


What aspects of your job do you like best/least?
I love the access that it has allowed into all different walks of life. One day you're shooting your favorite comedians in a cramped hallway backstage at a theatre in Brooklyn and the next day you're in the home of someone who's movies you watched as a teenager. The most difficult part of the job is learning to deal with all the different personalities and "cooks in the kitchen" that are sometimes involved in your productions. 


What makes you happy?
Seeing new things, meeting new people, and going new places. Constant movement.


What brings you the greatest satisfaction?
In terms of my work, sitting at my desk and polishing up a new image that I'm excited to share.


What is your favourite song at the moment, and of all time?
I don't listen to music very often unless I'm shooting, and then I don't pay much attention. I currently have Light Year by Lo-Fang stuck in my head, so I guess I'll mention that.


What do you most value in people?
Drive, passion, talent, and maturity.

Name something people don't know about you:
Most people are surprised to hear I was homeschooled for 7 years, (though some aren't surprised at all hah).


What is your motto?
Work hard, be nice.


Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I hope to be doing similar work to what I'm doing, perhaps on a larger scale, with more opportunity to do the exact sort of work I want to do.


Any advice for those wanting to become photographers?
Shoot what you want to shoot now, don't wait for someone to ask you.


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