MAY MEMBER OF THE MONTH

Rob Greer

by WPPI Staff May 3, 2016

All Images © Rob Greer

WPPI: What made you first decide you were going to be a photographer?
Rob Greer: My story of becoming a professional photographer is that I became obsessed with nature photography. I soon realized that it would make great financial sense if I could start to write off my incredibly expensive camera equipment. And with that sole idea in mind, I started down the path of becoming a professional photographer.

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WPPI: What do you primarily photograph?
RG: My primary work is as a wedding photographer, portrait photographer, and product photographer. However, I also specialize in corporate headshots and event photography.

WPPI: What is your favorite lens to shoot with?
RG: By far and away my favorite lens is the Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II. Certainly at least 70 percent of my photographs are captured with this lens.

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WPPI: Do you still shoot with film?
RG: I’ve never used film professionally. When I was an amateur I certainly used film. And later, after I started charging for my work, I did take several darkroom classes where I experimented with both 35mm and medium format film systems. However, I never saw the appeal. Given my early experience with Photoshop and computers in general, the financial and time benefits of working with digital systems over film has always seemed to be a natural and obvious choice to me.

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WPPI: Who are your greatest influences in the art world?
RG: John Quincy Adams once wrote that if you’re a leader, your actions will inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more. Those simple words speak to the leadership that has been shown by great creatives who have inspired me in my journey as a professional photographer. Although I’d hesitate to cite any single photographer or artist as my primary inspiration, I greatly admire the works of Dorothea Lange, Richard Avedon and Ansel Adams.

WPPI: Do you do anything before a shoot to prepare yourself?
RG: I lock myself in a closet, turn off the lights, and play Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger at full blast on one of my Sonos speakers. And then I chant the following mantra 10 times: “I’m going to do a terrific job today! And I’m gonna help people! Because I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and, doggonit, people like me!” Not really.

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BIO: Over the course of his career, Rob Greeer has received eight 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies, and more than 30 additional awards from the WPPI Print, Album and Filmmaking Competition. He also serves each year as a judge for Print Comp. Greer has been an instructor at the Tri-Community Photography School and was a featured speaker at NYC’s PhotoPlus in 2014 & 2015, WPPI in 2014, 2015 & 2016, and Mystic 8.

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Some of Rob’s coolest and most interesting corporate photography clients include Microsoft, AT&T, Samsung, Nikon, Oracle, Penguin Group, Disney Book Group, Hyperion Books, Honeywell, General Motors, Scott’s Miracle-Gro, Nestlé, HEAD Penn Racquet Sports, and Reebok. His photography has been featured in loads of different publications but the ones you probably care about, and have heard of, are the New York Times, People, US Weekly, USA Today, TV Guide, Brides, Rangefinder, Shutterbug, the Huffington Post, Perez Hilton, The Advocate, Out Magazine, the Daily Mail (UK), Good Magazine, Harvard Magazine, Austin Monthly Magazine, Lawn & Landscape Magazine, Lacrosse Magazine, and the 2009 Nikon International Calendar. He has also appeared on the TODAY show.

Rob has had the honor of photographing several notable personalities including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Martin Sheen, Mark Wahlberg, Pierce Brosnan, Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, Dennis Rodman, Craig Robinson, Jane Kaczmarek, David Caruso, Sean Hayes, Todd Bridges, Ted Lange, Orlando Jones, Casper Van Dien, Denny Miller, Bruce Boxleitner, Karch Kiraly, Maria Sharapova, Kei Nishikori, Sloane Stephens, Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, Jonathan Lipnicki, Jonathan Togo, Eva La Rue, Buzz Aldrin, Jane Goodall, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Clive Cussler, John Sandford, Vint Cerf, and the crew who flew NASA’s final space shuttle mission. Rob has also photographed plenty of notable people you’ve never heard of and scores of total strangers.

To see more of Rob Greer’s photography work visit:http://www.robgreer.com/