FEATURING: Thayer Gowdy
WHAT OR WHO DO YOU FIND INSPIRING?
I am inspired by my surroundings, nature, sunlight and my subjects. Every time I shoot I gain so much inspiration from everything around me and the amazing people in front of my camera.
HOW DID YOU DISCOVER YOUR CREATIVE PROFESSION?
I first discovered photography just after high school, and it was love from day one. I needed an extra credit and was blindsided by what was to be my thing that drove my life. I moved into directing a few years ago and I have always been enchanted with the magic of filmmaking and feel so lucky to have the opportunity.
WHAT IS THE TOUGHEST THING YOU HAVE BEEN THROUGH PROFESSIONALLY?
When you first starting out, you work non-stop. I think the hardest thing for me was the first years of 7 days a week and often 15 hours a day. I missed a lot of weddings and vacations with friends and family for amazing shoots. As time went on I learned to ask for help; thanks to a herd of amazing interns and my talented studio managers, I have been able to grow while finding time to recharge and be creative.
WHO ARE THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN INSTRUMENTAL TO YOUR SUCCESS?
Wow, that is a tough one and will be longer than both my arms. Early on a creative director named Tim Kain gave me chances most wouldn’t with both still shoots and motion work. While never doubting my ability, that gave me great confidence and a solid foundation when I first started shooting. Suzanne Donaldson, who is now running Mrs Sizzle and former Executive Photo Director of Conde Nast’s Glamour magazine and prior to that Producer for the likes of Tim Walker. I had the absolute pleasure of working with her early on in my career when I was producing and she to this day inspires me. My family and their endless unconditional love, paved the way from the start in teaching me to be calm, clear, relaxed and reach for the stars.
WHY DO YOU LOVE ADHESIVE?
The first event I have been to was in NYC in the Lower East Side, it was a crazy rainy night and it was refuge in so many ways. There were so many people there I had only known by name, and putting a face to all the amazing NYC folks was fantastic! It was engaging, energetic and welcoming. I was thrilled to have Adhesive come to San Francisco and meet so many new faces here. I travel a ton and spend time home when not running around the world. It's often hard to get out and meet so many people, but Adhesive events bring everyone together in an inviting casual way.
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