When we brought on James Patterson and Joey Decaminada as part of our Bradley Allen team, we were connected to photographer Keith Harney who has taken absolutely stunning pictures of these guys in Bradley Allen apparel. We immediately wanted to learn what makes this photographer tick. He captures the human body in such a unique and captivating way! Read our interview with this Ohio photographer!
1) What was the earliest memory you have where you remember falling in love with photography? I bought my first digital camera in the early 2000’s and took a trip to Washington D.C. – I had only a basic understanding of how to shoot with it, but I figured the nation’s capital would be the best place to practice with it. I was able to capture some images, but the overall results were …. lets just say – not good. Afterwards I took a film course at the local community college – it was black and white film photography, and from the moment I printed my first picture, I was hooked. Having just the basic knowledge allowed me to take some good landscape images – then came an opportunity to work in a studio environment with lighting, once again my first outing was not a stellar experience, but I had a fever for it. I began studying other photographers work, reading magazines about digital photography and anything else I could get my hands on. Then I went back in to studio and worked with an athlete that was going to be in the Arnold Fitness Classic that year. The results were completely different – the model’s enthusiasm and some basic understanding of the lighting got me some images I was finally happy with. That was it – from that point, I found my niche and I have been slowly trying to build my brand from there.
2) How long have you been photographing in the fitness world and what specifically about the fitness world do you love? I really started photographing the fitness world in the latter part of 2015, and have been focusing on it since then. I loved the chance to work with these folks who put A LOT of time and effort in to their bodies – and then show them with my images the results of all that hard work. Granted they look at themselves quite a bit in the mirror when working out or practicing posing- but they are checking so many other technical things, they sometimes miss the changes they are making to their bodies- and the best reaction when I show an athlete an image during the shoot is when they simply say “…wow, thats me” and that’s the best, you cannot beat it.
4) How has CoVid effected your business and what have you been doing in the meantime? Oh man, it brought it to a GRINDING HALT. In the meantime I have gone back in to study mode to try and pick up some new tricks for IF and WHEN this all blows over.