Watch Out: Photographer Scott Church

WATCH OUT: Scott Church Interview

SC: I want to welcome you all to another edition of Watch Out. This week I’m excited to bring you an amazing photographer whose work I can’t get enough of. If you came by the site during the Valentine Blog Hop you had the chance to see one of his photos. Please welcome Scott Church.

Welcome to Watch Out, Scott, it is an honour to have you here.

Scott: *waves* well thank so much, happy to be here.

SC: For the readers out there who might not know about you or your work, can you please tell them a little about yourself. How you got started.

Scott: Where to start…. i’ve been a professional photographer for 21 year, my specialty is fine art erotic portraits, which means i take pictures of people with no clothes on for a living. i started out as a photographer for the US Navy way back in 1990.

i’m a happy guy.

SC: One thing readers might be surprised to know about you?

Scott: um…. i’m not sure what to say, my life is pretty public, i’m all the way out there, i don’t keep too many secrets, i think it’s better that way.

SC: You are very well known for your erotic photography. What draws you to shooting people nude?

Scott: Honest answer: i like naked people, stuck up artist answer: i prefer nudes because fashion dates an image, if you photograph someone in a “frankie says relax” t-shirt it’s obviously a shot from the 80’s, a nude is timeless and lasts forever.

SC: You probably have some subjects that you shoot naked who are nervous. What do you do to ease their nerves and calm them down for the shoot?

Scott: everyone starts out nervous, the majority of my client list is housewives who have never done anything like what i do before. the biggest part of my job is making people feel comfortable and happy with themselves and the way that they look.

SC:I have followed your work for a few years now and I’ve seen you’ve taken so many beautiful shots in the most interesting places. How do you go about finding your locations?

Scott: random dumb luck, i spend a lot of time just driving around looking at places and trying to find something that stands out to me, a big party of my images is the quality light of the light in the setting, that’s something you just have to be able to see at a seconds notice. shots make themselves if you know what to look for.

SC: Where is the craziest location you’ve ever shot?

Scott: Dealy plaza in Dallas, where Kennedy was shot. i photographed 4 naked girls there, right in the middle of the street. it was a massive adrenaline rush. it’s an odd spot, do you know they actually have an X on the pavement to mark the actual spot where he was killed, i couldn’t believe that when i saw it.

 

 

SC: Do you have any rituals while you’re shooting?

Scott: not really, i tend to work really fast, rituals slow you down.

SC: Was there a particular photo shoot or event that you credit to changing your life and getting you out there and well knows?

Scott: nope, there is no great leap forward, there are many goals that i have pushed for and surpassed with no fanfare, the trick is to stay motivated and keep moving forward even when you have done everything you set out to do.

SC: What’s been your favourite shoot so far?

Scott: my answer to this question will always be: ‘the next one” the only important shoot to me is the one i get to do today and tomorrow, everything else is just history.

 

SC: What is the first thing you look for in a model when it comes to choosing them for a shoot?

Scott: they choose me, the majority of my ‘models’ are clients who are paying me to photograph them. i am happy to work with anyone that wants to work with me and most days i have no idea what they look like until they show up at my door.

SC: How much of your time do you spend behind the camera lens?

Scott: a lot less than you think, most of the time when i’m shooting i’m setting up, and posing and being silly, the camera is the last part of the process, the set-up, the production is what makes the actual shot, the camera is just there to document the finished product

 

SC: Is there anyone out there you dream of having the chance to photograph? Why?

Scott: no, not really, my brain doesn’t really work that way. i’m just happy everyday that i have someone, anyone at all to work with

SC: Do you ever regret any photographs you have taken?

Scott: i try not to regret anything in my life except the things i haven’t done.

SC: One place you would love to see your work be featured in?

Scott: not sure, i spent 20 years trying to get into Playboy Magazine, and when i got it it really didn’t feel like such a big deal anymore. so at this point i’m happy with whatever exposure i can get, i’m thrilled people get to see my work here.

SC: What’s your guilty pleasure (if any)?

Scott: you mean besides getting paid to take pictures of people naked?

SC: Your favourite part about being a photographer?

Scott: it’s all i’ve ever wanted to be, it’s the only thing i’m good at and it’s been the only job i have ever had. i’m very happy to be able to do it for a living, but i would do what i do even if i never made a dollar doing it.

SC: What are you currently reading?

Scott: i’m in between books now, i love biographies, i just got Keith Richards book “A Life”, i haven’t started it yet. i loved Megan Hart’s last book, ‘Naked’, because i was a fictional character in it. that really made me smile. Megan is a good friend.

SC: Oh I love Megan’s work…That is so cool that you made it into her story.

SC: Who are some of the photographers who have inspired you over the years?

Scott: Helmut Newton, Richard Kern, Sante’ Dorazio, Herb Ritts, John Santerineross, anyone working at Playboy in the 60’s and 70’s, the list is long, i steal from thousands of different sources on a regular basis.

SC: What do you think sets your work apart from other photographers out there?

Scott: my work ethic, there are hundreds of more talented photographers, but i just work harder.

SC: Where can readers find out more about you and your work?

Scott: my website is:

http://www.scottchurch.net

be sure to check out my journal, it chronicles my day-to-day work for the past 6 years.

http://scottchurch.livejournal.com

SC: I love the live journal page, and recommend it..Seeing all the new pictures daily. Fantastic…I hope you guys all check it out.

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Comments (18)

Shelley MunroApril 26th, 2011 at 4:22 am

What gorgeous photos. I love the first ones with the red dress. The lighting is beautiful.

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Ciara KnightApril 26th, 2011 at 7:48 am

Oh my word, what beautiful art! These are truly amazing!!! I think you could actually make me look good in a pic. That say a lot. I’m so not photogenic. :)

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Savannah ChaseApril 26th, 2011 at 8:41 am

Shelley I just adore his work….He can make such simple things turn out to be just so beautiful.

Ciara they are…I hope to one day get the chance to be photographed by Scott. He does amazing headshots as well.

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Cassie ExlineApril 26th, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Excellent photos. The red just pops. The second from the bottom is a Savannah photo is ever I saw one. Great interview.

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Selena IllyriaApril 26th, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Wow! What gorgeous work! Fantastic interview.

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Savannah ChaseApril 26th, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Cassie I so agree with you…As for the photo you are right..LOL…It is one of my fave shots…IT is just so sexy..

Selena thank you for coming by….His work is just amazing…

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Robin SnodgrassApril 26th, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Wow! Those photos are awesome and a great interview as well. I especially loved the first three and the the very last one. I’ve always loved photography since my first boyfriend taught me how to take and develop pictures so I’m absolutely impressed with him. Thank you for sharing his work and your interview!

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Savannah ChaseApril 26th, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Robin thank you for taking the time out to come by…I love photography as well and only wish I could shoot like he does. He captures something amazing in every subject that he shoots.

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Kate HofmanApril 26th, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Savannah! Scott is very, very good, isnt he! A man who can make a fully dressed woman with red satin clothing look erotic…
Wow!
I loved the b/w of the two people. I think b/w is sexier than full colour. Nude men are so much more subtle in b/w, relaxed pose, dormant, than orange tan and a flagpole.
Scott seems to sidle up to the viewer. Wonderful!

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Savannah ChaseApril 26th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Kate I agree with you..He can make his subject look amazing, no matter if they are naked or with clothes. If you get the chance check out his other work..It is truly something…

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MaryApril 26th, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Amazing ! beautiful work. Where is his studio?
I have to pass this information on.

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Savannah ChaseApril 26th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Mary thank you for taking time to come by…Just go to his site and there is a contact page there with all the info..

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Kate HofmanApril 26th, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Ah Mary, I know what you’re planning! Scott Church and CJ — what a combination.
I’ll want one of those photographs for a cover of one of my GOLDEN books!

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Savannah Chase Reply:

Kate you know Mary is always planning something…

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Janice SeagravesApril 26th, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Hey, I one of those pictures is stream punk.

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Savannah Chase Reply:

Janice, yes it is and I love it….

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Eden BayleeApril 28th, 2011 at 12:15 am

Incredible pictures. Thanks for featuring such a talented photographer, Savannah.

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Savannah Chase Reply:

Eden you are welcome..Thank you for coming by…I keep up with his work on a daily basis….

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