Like journalists, photographers look at the world from a different point of view and I think that’s why I get along with so many of them because we all think alike!
But one of the many things I love about photographers and what they do is how they can capture a moment with just one shot. One second in time is forever captured with one snap at their camera.
And I admire that.
I admire their ability to evoke emotions from us with a single shot whether it’s happiness, joy, despair, desire, whatever it may be a photo can do that to us.
And today I wanted to introduce you all to one of my favorite local photographers… Troy Lilly! We met at an NABJ Convention back in 2010 and have been friends ever since — it also helps that we both live in the DMV area too! We’ve had the pressure to work together a few times and he’s responsible for my new and improved head-shots that I love and adore!
Troy started taking photos in early 2010 while he was trapped at home during the infamous DMV Snowmageddon. But those few days, birthed a new hobby for Troy. For him, photography is comes from “pure curiosity.”
And it’s a curiosity that has truly developed over the past few years and I’m so impressed with his work. So here’s my Q&A with the soon-to-be famous Troy Lilly!
Troy Lilly (TL): “Day-to-day life was like watching a movie to me. One day I picked up a camera, started snapping and my life hasn’t been the same since.”
TL: The rebranding is not really a change or indication of starting over, but more an effort to cultivate an authentic reflection of my art. I’ve been known as UrbanSophistic for several years, and people often don’t put together than that person and Troy Lilly are one. Also, UrbanSophistic is hard for many people to spell — and pronounce — and I’m very passionate about functionality. A name can be cool but it’s not functional if it confuses clients. Troy Lilly Photography and Video is much simpler.
TL: My portrait sessions produce images that no ones else could have created, so there is a whole process of unwrapping the subject and finding out as much as possible about them. If my client hates wearing shoes, we taken them off. If they love water, we go to a lake. If they like dancing, we dougie. Every session is one of a kind. My event photography is no different — I capture the essence of a social gathering so the photos are like reliving the moments instead of only seeing who was there.
TL: The goal is to discover who this person is, what they want, what excites or terrifies them, and capture images of that authenticity with my camera. I want to take risks and expose a vulnerable subject who lives underneath the facade.
TL: The perfect shot or shots just give me chills. Sometimes I feel it while shooting, and other times in the editing process. It’s what I like to call the soul shot. Nothing is contrived; the soul is bared.