Meet Donte Maurice, a 21 year-old photographer and student at Georgia State University! He is someone whose work pushes the boundaries of his profession to create images that are expressive, edgy, original and holds the ability to capture an intimate moment in time.
His work not only proves his talent, but it also shows his determination to his craft. His positive and humble outlook on life is just as remarkable and is an inspiration to us all. This interview will motivate you to cast your own imprint on being an artist and become the best and most innovative creative that you possibly can be.
You’ve had the opportunity to work with Moschino, Vogue IT, Apple Music, Urban Outfitters, American Apparel, Complex.. And the list definitely doesn’t stop there. It seems as if your career knows no bounds. How has the journey of being a photographer been thus far?
Donte Maurice: The journey has been completely unpredictable. In the process of shooting and publishing my work on social media, sometimes it happens to catch the eyes of brands or personalities that may repost and credit or even email me to contribute some work to their already large and accomplished galleries. Or sometimes they finally get annoyed of me bothering them and decide to finally give me a chance. Photography is really a humbling experience though especially if you're new to the business like I am.
What is your mental checklist before a shoot?
DM: I HAVE to make sure that I have my concept list in hand; making sure my pose chart is in order, checking to see if my camera is in the appropriate settings, and praying before I shoot anything.
What is your thought process while scouting for locations? When shooting studio, how do you approach it differently?
DM: The only thing I think about is how to not make it look like Georgia. Hmm... That's a really hard question. For the most part, I like to use the same lighting set up on different clients to see how I can switch it up during, but that's mainly it.
What is your favorite subject to shoot?
DM: I love shooting people. Especially when it's one on one portrait’s and you have the chance to get to know them more on a personal level and see how comfortable they become in front of the camera.
What has been your most memorable moment in your career so far?
DM: My most memorable moment... I think I'm still waiting for that moment.
At just 21 years old, would you say you've already found the path that you’d like to take your career or are you still searching?
DM: I'm still searching a little bit. I know for a fact that I want to do photography for the rest of my life, but I also know that I'm talented in other areas that I really want to pursue. Lately, I've been pursuing acting and I really have a deep, strong love for it so I want to start going after that as well.
If you met yourself when you were first starting out, what advice would you give your former self now that you are here?
DM: I would most definitely say, stay humble and hard working. There are many people who are more talented or equally as talented as you are but what is it that's going to make you stand out from the rest? It's the personality and the confidence you carry, keep going in the right direction and in God's will and everything will work itself out.
I’m sure the readers would love to know, what do you shoot with and why did you choose this model camera?
DM: My baby is a Canon 6D, now my choice behind choosing canon I have no idea. I can't remember. I do, however know I chose the 6D because it was easier on my finances than the Canon 5D Mark III