FolioHD Spotlight: Photographer Ben Tsui

This week, we’re excited to highlight a photographer who’s been with FolioHD for 3 years now. Ben is based out of Los Angeles and works in fashion photography after transitioning away from news and press work about 9 years ago.

Bentsui

This week, we're excited to highlight a photographer who's been with FolioHD for 3 years now. Ben is based out of Los Angeles and works in fashion photography after transitioning away from news and press work about 9 years ago.

What got you started in photography?

I’ve always had a love for visual arts ever since I was a little kid.  After trying to study and work in a few different art related fields for years, I found myself completely crazy over photography, especially in fashion – with all the ad campaigns in the magazines and billboards.  I like how much you can bend the rules, and create what you want.  

Tell us about your “big break”.

I’m not a big believer of “big breaks”… I think one should be consistent, build a solid foundation, a good reputation, and generally pleasant to work with… I want to have a long successful career and not the next hottest 15 mins of fame. 

We’ll always have opportunities as long as we’re out there doing things.  Some are good, and some and bad.  Doing my best out of what I got has so far been working.  Even when things didn’t work out, I don’t regret it.  

What’s been your most exciting moment so far?

It’s hard to choose a “most” exciting moment.  I’m exciting about a lot things all the time.  From booking a great client, to being published, working with people in the industry that I look up to, getting recognition or able to help people that’s just starting.  Every little thing about what I do in this industry excites me.   I can’t wait to get up and do it every morning.  

Where does your inspiration come from?

I get my inspirations from a lot of things. People, colors, architecture, history.  I do feed off of vibe a lot.  Maybe that’s why compare to a lot of photographers I know, my “style” isn’t as narrowed down as I’ve been told should be.  I do how I feel, when I feel.  Unpredictability fuels me.  

Any funny stories from your career?

I used to have an entertainment press pass… I’ve used it to get into some really random things.  From auto racing pit lane, to forest fires.  No one bothered to check.  

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