Photography by Raphael Baker
For our latest installment of our #URCREATIVES series, I sat down with editorial and lifestyle photographer Ron Hill. Ron has a way of making even the most mundane object, look incredibly appealing. With his work ranging from shooting international lookbooks to having his photos in Men’s Health, Ron knows exactly what it takes to capture the perfect photo.
Danasia Fantastic: When did you first fall in love with photography?
Ron Hill: I first fell in love with photography at the age of 15 when I started photographing my family.
DF: What inspires you?
RH: I get inspired by many things. I love to shoot products, so I like to go to different stores and see how they setup their displays. I get a ton of inspiration from magazines and lookbooks. I also get a kick out of going to different furniture stores and seeing how they stage their pieces- sometimes they look like art galleries.
DF: What has been the most rewarding experience since you started shooting?
RH: The most rewarding experience for me is being able to do what I love every single day.
DF: What’s the toughest lesson you’ve learned since becoming a photographer?
RH: The toughest lesson I’ve recently learned is the importance of celebrating each accomplishment. Oh! And making sure I wear super comfortable shoes while shooting.
DF: What words do you live by?
RH: When it come to my work I live by the quote “Less is More”. For my personal life, I live by Be true to who you are”. Some people have said I dress like an old man, but I like to think it fits because I’ve got an old soul. LOL.
DF: What are 5 things you’d tell your 20 year old self?
RH: 1. Live a little! 2. You can do anything. 3. You don’t know it all and that’s okay. 4. Travel more 5. Life is not that bad.
DF: Have you experienced the quarter-life crisis? If so, explain:
RH: I think so. When I turn 25 I thought I would have everything in my life together. I had put too many expectations on myself and found that even when I was accomplishing things on my list, I didn’t feel any joy in it because it never felt like enough. I finally forced myself to stop and reflect- I realized that life was great, and that I had a lot to be thankful for. I also learned that part of success is learning to enjoy the journey.
DF: What’s the best piece of advice you could give anyone who wants to become a photographer?
RH: Learn as much as you can on all aspect of photography and don’t rush your craft. With time you will find your niche!
DF: In addition to photography, you’re working on a blog that covers menswear and gentelmen’s lifestyle called Lumbergent. What makes someone stylish?
RH: I think everyone have something that makes them stylish in there own way.
DF: Where are your 3 favorite places to shoot in Atlanta?
RH: I really don’t have a particular favorite place to shoot. Typically when I shoot, I develop a theme or story and choose the location according to that.
DF: Where are your 3 favorite places to shop in Atlanta?
RH: Thrift stores, The Tough Boot and Billy Reid.