Clay Cook

Clay Cook

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Name: Clay Cook


Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky

Resides: Louisville, Kentucky

Career Highlight #1: I photographed a twenty-page fashion editorial in Havana, Cuba for The Voice Of Louisville magazine. All was in cooperation with the Cuban government.

Career Highlight #2: I traveled to Tanzania, Africa for the NFL to photograph football players providing water relief for the non-profit Waterboys. The documentary was narrated by Matthew McConaughey

Career Highlight #3: I had an image published on the Thomson Reuters Time Square Billboard.

Career Highlight #4: I created the “Clay Cook | Community” which currently has nearly 1500 amazing photographers. It was recently stamped the “Blog Of The Month” by Digital SLR Magazine.

Career Highlight #5: I have ran workshops all over the United States and have taught over 1000 photographers.

Bio: Clay Cook began his creative career in the music industry and has built a reputable name as an award-winning, internationally published photographer and filmmaker, specializing in editorial and advertising photography. Cook’s work is featured frequently on world-wide photography blogs including Fstoppers, PetaPixel, ISO 1200 and SLRLounge and has been seen in publications such as USA Today, ESPN, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Modern Salon, American Salon, First For Women Magazine, Digital SLR Photography Magazine and Digital Photo Magazine among many others.

BlackRapid product of choice: BlackRapid Classic RS-4 Camera Strap

Favorite place on earth? Nepal

What was your first camera and your current camera? First: Nikon D5000 Current: Canon 5D Mark III, Phase One IQ250, Mamiya RZ67

Who is your photography idol/hero/inspiration? Annie Leibovitz, Norman Jean Roy, Miller Mobley, Kristian Schuller, Patrick Demarchelier

What do you do when you're not snapping pics? Sleep, Write, Read, Adult Beverages With Friends, Good Food

What is your dream photoshoot? A Fashion Editorial In New Zealand

How do you "Live The Moment"? I'm not afraid to walk through to the dark alleys, buildings and locations a tourist would set foot in.

Where is the photography industry headed? It's an exciting time for photography, everyone has a camera. It's now more important then ever to set yourself apart and think differently. I see photography as an outlet to many, but I also see it being taken for granted in the future. The need for good equipment will always be there. It may become more mobile and less footprint, but quality gear will always be necessary.

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