On this website, I’ve included the best of the best photographers (Say Cheese section). When I decided I would start interviewing vendors, it became difficult to decide who would be next. Of course, I would love to interview every single resource on this site but something about Alex Knight’s images really resonates with me – therefore, he was the first photographer I chose. I hope you enjoy his interview as much as I enjoy his photography!
YENW: How old were you when you got your first camera? Are you self-taught or did you go to school for photography?
AK: When I was a little boy, around 5 years old, my grandfather gave me his camera. I could barely hold it because it was so heavy. He said something that I would never forget. He said “Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.” Ever since then I’ve taken up photography and have been developing this passion. I’ve never had a formal education in photography although I constantly learn at seminars, conferences, and from other photographers, I’ve had the pleasure of working with.
YENW: Please tell us a little about yourself and the genesis of your business.
AK: I started out as an assistant working for some notable studios in New York City. I learned a lot about photography and had some background in it from before as well.
After freelancing for several years I gained enough experience and decided it was time to start my own studio.
YENW: Whose photography do you have in your home besides your own?
AK: I admire the works of Ansel Adams, Henry Cartier, Annie Leibovitz, and Sebastian Salgado. I think referring back to these greats including even paintings by Vermeer and Rembrandt was an important aspect of developing my style.
YENW: Please share a career high? A career disappointment?
AK: Aside from being a second shooter on Ivanka and Jared Trumps’ and LeBron and Savannah James’ weddings, a career high for me would be when a client called to thank me for taking the time to get a specific photo. It was of her and her elderly grandmother who had passed away only a few days after the wedding. It was the last photo she would ever take with her and she cherished it dearly. I can’t say I’ve had any disappointments but there have been several challenges such as traveling from coast to coast between gigs.
YENW: I imagine you’re the designated photographer in your family, does anyone take pictures of you?
AK: Ha, yes! My closest friend is a photographer and videographer. Whenever we travel together we take some epic pictures of each other for self-loathing.
YENW: What do you love most about having your own photography business?
AK: Although having your own business is tons of work, the rewarding feeling of a happy client makes it all worth it. It’s something my team and I strive for every single day. After all, people are trusting us with one of the most important days of their lives and there are no second chances, so when we get it right it feels great.
YENW: Who would be your dream come true to photograph, either a duo’s wedding or a single person shoot?
AK: I’d like to photograph myself 10 years from now.
YENW: What do you like to do to relax on your days off?
AK: I love to build things. Currently, I am working on a cabin in the Catskills, although that tends not to be so relaxing.
YENW: Top three things on your bucket list?
AK: 1. Build a house I can call home. 2. Become a father. 3. Teach and inspire others.
YENW: Please share with us a secret talent or something about yourself that would surprise us.
AK: I produce music and I surf.
Alex, thank you for taking the time to get a little personal with us. We really appreciate it!