HotShots: Sean McCarthy

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HotShots: Sean McCarthy

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While we love, love, love tattooed women, often there is a star on the other side of the camera. Meet Sean McCarthy an amazing shooter from Albany, NY. We pick his brain in the interview below and show his perceptive eye in the gallery that follows.


What camera do you work with?

Nikon D610

What do you think separates “photographers” from “artists?”
I don’t think there is necessarily a separation of photographers versus artists. All photographers are artists.

What do you try to create when you look through your lens?
I try to create images that tell a story or that provoke viewers to question the scene. Sometimes I just like to create interesting scenes that feature beautiful people.

What characteristics do you look for in models?
I look for anyone desperate enough to pose for me! Seriously, I like to look for people that will catch the viewer’s eye and help to tell a story.

Do you prefer tattooed subjects and if so why?
I don’t prefer tattooed subjects over anything else, however I love shooting tattooed subjects because it’s art within art.

What makes a photo ‘great’ for you?
Lighting, lighting, lighting! I love unique lighting setups.

Your portraits are wildly compelling, how do you connote that through a snapshot?
By using interesting backgrounds and intricate lighting to paint a scene. I feel it draws the viewer in.

What sparked your interest in photography?
I’m not sure there was anything specific, but since I was a kid I’ve been fascinated by lighting, and how subtle changes can transform the whole attitude of a photo.

Do you have a routine when shooting?
I try to have a plan in place when shooting people as far as sets and wardrobe go, but sometimes you get the best shots throwing the game plan out the window and just having fun!

How do you get the most out of your models?
By making the shoots fun! If it feels like work it becomes work. A relaxed model improves her interaction with the camera and results in better photos.


Sean P. McCarthy Studio

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