This month I spoke with Daniel Krieger a food and wedding photographer out of New York City. With sixty weddings under his belt for 2012 and credits like The New York Times on his resume Krieger is as interesting as he is busy.
Krieger who started out working at a desk job out of college knew that his heart was somewhere else. “I knew I should be doing something creative. It took me a few years to find out exactly what that was, but I knew it wasn't sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day.” “I had a Nikon 35mm film camera that I would use for street photography and would just walk around NYC during my lunch hour and after work, taking photos. I would shoot everyday sometimes stopping people and asking to take their portrait. I started seeing myself getting better and eventually people began paying me for assignments and asking to photograph their weddings.” “ My girlfriend really pushed me to leave my job and become a full time professional photographer and it finally happened about 4 years ago.”
Over the last four years Krieger has chosen to not just focus on one genre of photography. “ I think I've managed to maintain a high level of work shooting both food and weddings. I really just focus on what I'm doing and making my clients happy, I'm not really in the business of comparing myself to other photographers or studios." " I just bury my head in work and I'm shooting something pretty much every day.”
Regardless whether the shoot is a wedding or food oriented Krieger appreciates one specific area of photography; Portraits. “I really enjoy making portraits whether it’s a chef a bride or a random dude on the street. If you can make someone excited about what their photo looks like, it’s a very personal thing and makes you feel like you're doing something right.”
Krieger is currently shooting with a pair of Nikon D3s bodies and “a bunch of prime lenses.” He also swears by his Hasselblad 500C/M as well as his 85mm nikkor 1.4, “it's just a great lens makes you excited about taking photos.”
It was around five years ago when Krieger joined ExposureManager. He was turned on to it by his friend and fellow photographer, Ryan Brenizer. Now it's Krieger who is recommending it to others, “when I refer someone to EM I tell them that the customer service is outstanding. In my own business I try to be super fast in responding to client inquiries, and expect businesses I work with to be the same with me. EM blows my mind, I feel like I email a question late night on a Saturday and get an almost instant response.” His clients aren’t complaining either, “I rarely get questions about the printing process, it means the system is intuitive, which is really nice.”
As far as advice goes Krieger had plenty of useful tips for photographers out there. “Find the area of photography that you're most interested in and really concentrate on that. Take a lot of photos and experiment with different angles and different settings on your camera. You really need to practice to master any craft, and photography is no different. Study other photographers work you admire can really be beneficial.”
Portrait of Daniel Krieger by Seth Restaino