Our team at Mocha Club loves working and living in Nashville, Tennessee – a place known for it’s community and the inspiration from it’s members. These individuals are the best in their craft and we want to share them with you! This blog series features locals that inspire us through their unique/beautiful/innovative…we could go on and on..approach to life, business and community. We love their businesses and want to showcase them in this new series – where simply, we want to inspire others by what inspires us.
Robby Klein :: Robby Klein Photography
1. What motivated you to start your business and how has it grown since it began?
I grew up drawing and painting, my mom was an art teacher. Art had always been around me and part of my life. When I was 13 I stumbled upon a very dinky digital camera, maybe a quarter of a megapixel in resolution. Although I never figured out how to take the photos off of the camera, I’ just delete them and keep shooting, I was hooked! Not long after I got a plastic film camera from Walgreens and started shooting film for the next year or so until I got a 1 megapixel canon digital elph for christmas one year.
My story and evolution as a photographer continues in this smooth natural trend. The older I got the more I would learn and the more I lobed to shoot! In high school I realized I could make money shooting bands and my senior friends and soon after started into the world of editorial, shooting for magazines. My business grew up with me and again very naturally became a sustainable business. Everything changed when my wife and I moved to Nashville, that’s when things got real and I saw the most growth at the fastest rate!
2. How has the Nashville community embraced your business?
Nashville has been wonderful! I took meetings my fist week in town and still to this day shoot for clients I met with that first week. I’ve also met photographers, much more seasoned than I, who have taken interest in me and given me more wisdom and guidance in how this works than I could have ever asked for!
3. Is there any way that your business has given back, to the community or in some other way?
I have tried to give back the knowledge and time that those seasoned photographers gave to me. I like to help young photographers and try and set them on the right path.
4. What is special about the way you shoot and why do you do it this way?
I like my shoots to be fun #1 and secondly I want them to be personal, I want my subjects personality to really shine through! For me if it isn’t fun then there is no point in doing it! I Shoot because it’s fun to me, I thoroughly enjoy it and I want people on set to feel that and join in!
5. Where does all of your experience and knowledge of photography come from?
I have had people in my life that have graciously given their time to teach me this and that and give me advice and honest critiques on my work! That played a big part in it! After that it’s trial and error. I shoot ALL THE TIME! If I don’t have a job one weekend I’m grabbing an artist buddy and shooting him for fun and also to try new things. It’s pretty much practice for my client gigs. Always stay sharp and keep learning!