Today we’d like to introduce you to Eli Dreyfuss.
Eli, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
When I took my first picture, and the passion stuck, it was back when I was 14, a freshman in high school. A copy of ‘The Photo Issue’ by National Geographic arrived at my doorstep, and I was immediately hooked without even turning the first page. The eyes pierced through the page and made me think deeper into the person I was looking at. It was all the eyes. Six years later, at 20, I find myself still taking pictures. The instant I saw that cover of National Geographic, in the back of my mind, I yearned to find out how Steve McCurry could possibly capture so much soul in one portrait. From that moment on, I walked outside and saw the beauty this world has to offer, and started experimenting with any genre I could find. Landscapes, Portraits, Events. However after I took my first portrait of my sister on my back porch with a black mattress as my background, the realization hit me; I don’t need the best gear to capture captivating portraits, I need myself, my soul, and desire to bring out a true expression with each person I photograph. As I continued to take portraits, I found myself never happy with “The Shot” and that just pushed me to try harder and research what I could do to make it happen, and when I accomplished the look I was going for, it gave me the push to accomplish the next look I dreamed to capture. That attitude has lasted until today and has never faded. I soon realized my best shot is the last one I took, and that on each shoot I would have to out-do myself. Years later I am creating work I could have only dreamed of when I first got started. I would say I’m living up to the saying, if you want something bad enough, you will do anything in your power to achieve it.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
As for many things in life, like a dream, it never seems to come very easy. That was very true for my journey so far as an artist and a creative. I discovered very early on that to be able to take the best portraits of another person you must know yourself first. You must know your strengths, your weaknesses, your flaws, and your highlights. Getting to myself was a very long and transformative process but was a fundamental step into my development as an artist. As my career progressed reality slowly begins to hit. I need to start making money so I could support myself and grow my business. Marketing I found to be the most challenging. Getting clients to pay you to create work that you’re passionate about. It’s a constant battle between could I use the extra bucks or should I go and shoot something that I really am passionate about?
Eli Dreyfuss Photography – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am a passionate and ambitious 20 year old and the proud owner of my photography company Eli Dreyfuss Photography!
At Eli Dreyfuss Photography, the main focus is YOU. Capturing your beauty and sharing it with the world. Making your photoshoot comfortable, fun, and relaxed. We ensure you will walk away feeling confident, strong, and beautiful.
We specialize in capturing events such as bar and bat mitzvahs, and creating portraits of artists for their resumes.
You will walk away with a work of art.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
This a tough question. I’ve been so thankful in my short career to rack up some crazy accolades such as: winning an unprecedented 17 gold keys in the 2016 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards or a 2 year life-size display outside of Macys. However the one experience that sealed the deal for me and put everything into perspective was in March of 2016. At the beginning of 2016 I told myself I wanted to bring my work to the next level. That’s when I started to submitting my portraits to prestigious competitions. Scholastics stood out though. That year I ended up with 2 national gold medals, and 2 silver. I placed in the top 2% of 320,000 submissions. As a reward for winning the national medals, I flew out to NYC for which was going to be the craziest week of my life. The week started when I got off the plane and headed to the opening ceremony at the Roosevelt Hotel. When I got to check in, they pulled me aside and said “Are you Eli Dreyfuss” I promptly answered “Yes, that’s me”. They then with a smile on their face showed me that my photo was selected to be on the cover of the national magazine. The magazine that represents the top 100 pieces out of all 320,000. The magazine that is distributed to every library nationally. The one with 10,000 copies made. My photo was sitting on the cover for history. In shock, I stood there speechless. They then had something better in store. The director of communications at Scholastics came up to me and explains that they ran that photo as a full page spread in the NY times that previous week. To think that one photo could go so far as to be the face of the entire organization was mind blowing. The moment my photo and name were printed in the New York Times was the most fulfilling and accomplishing moments in my career. I will cherish it forever. It solidified everything I’ve worked for in the years prior and validated me as an artist.
- Artistic Headshots-Rates Start at 200$ for 1 hour but I have a sale for the next week for 100$ session!
- Events-225$ an hour.
- Website: www.elidreyfuss.com
- Phone: 7865660847
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