Published on March 6th, 2019 | by Shannon Walford0
Pro Team: Gilmar Smith
Our Pro Team are a fantastic group of talented photographers, many of whom have used 3 Legged Thing tripods and accessories for several years. Each month we introduce you to different members of the team, using short Q&As to give you some insight into how they work, what equipment they use, and how they became professional photographers.
Next in the series is Gilmar Smith (Hil-marrr). Based in Orlando, Florida, Gilmar is a photographer, writer, Photoshop addict, content creator, and social media junkie.
What is your earliest memory of handling a camera?
“I always carried with me a point and shoot for snapshots, but it wasn’t until the end of 2011 when I first held a DSLR and said ‘hmmm this may be fun to play with’.”
-“Happiness is… a long walk with your phones!”
Was there a single event that made you decide to become a professional photographer?
“In January of 2016, I lost my fiance, the father of my daughter, unexpectedly. I was so depressed; every day was harder than the previous one. One night in a desperate attempt to feel better, I made a list of all the things and memories that brought me joy, and then decided to design my life around them. I went ahead and sold most of my belongings, got my kids in my car and we moved back to Orlando, Florida, so that we could build happy memories in the happiest place on earth, Disney World.
“At that time I had been doing photography for a few years, mostly as a hobby, and I absolutely loved it. So, I decided to go full time, and I gave myself a year to make things happen. 2016 was a rough year, anything that could happen to someone in a year happened to me, car accidents, numerous visits to the hospital with my kids, ambulance rides, broken toes, hurricanes, panic attacks, but guess what? I reached my goal, I made it, and here I am.”
– “Washing a spoon is the most dangerous domestic chore.”
What is your favourite location to capture?
“A prop warehouse here in Orlando, Florida called Spectacular Themes. I became good friends with the owners, and they allow me to build sets, borrow props and shoot there in my own corner from time to time. It’s a photographer’s dream! You can find anything you can imagine in that place.”
Social media – love it or hate it?
“LOVE it! I have met most of my best friends through social media. I wouldn’t have gone through 2016 without the support of the photography community I am part of on social media. It’s something that still touches my heart deeply. I will always be thankful for their love and encouragement.
“Social media, has done a lot for my business as well. When people say they hate it my only answer is, ‘you are in control of your feed, if you don’t like what you see, adjust accordingly’. It’s that simple!”
– “Venezuelan comedian Charly Mata.”
Favourite camera you have ever used or owned, and why?
“I learned photography with the only camera I’ve owned, and I still use; a Canon 5D Mark II, BUT in the last month or so, I have been shooting with a Nikon Z7, and I have never been so in love with a piece of equipment before.”
What’s in your kit bag?
- Nikon Z7
- Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 lens.
- FTZ Mount Adapter
- Nikkor 70-200mm F/2.8E FL E
- 3 Legged Thing Zelda L-Bracket
- 3 Legged Thing Leo Kit
- Blackrapid Groovy strap
- MIOPS trigger
- Batteries and battery chargers.
– “The perfect combination of Princess and Warrior.”
Name five essential items in your photography bag.
“Camera, lens, remote, sketchbook and lens wipes for my lenses and BIG glasses.”
Are there any strange/unusual items in your photo bag? Household bits?
“B-12 vitamins, epipens, and snacks. I get moody when I’m hungry!”
How would you describe your style of photography?
“Joyful, colourful and humorous.”
– “What’s the difference between Snowmen and Snowladies? Answer = Snowballs.”
What is one question you’d like to be asked and never have been?
“Do you want these 5 million dollars I have to spare?”
Gilmar (Hil-marrr) is hosting an Amersham 1 day exclusive workshop on March 23rd 2019. Follow the link to secure your place: Gilmar Smith Amersham Workshop
Alternatively you can find Gilmar at The Photography Show Sunday 17th March 2019 at the Editing and Post-Production suite between 11:15 and 11:45 am, or on the Photo Live Stage between 1pm and 1:30pm.
All photos: ©Gilmar Smith