About Sean Gregor

Hello,

My name is Sean Gregor and I am a Photographer. That’s me up there.

I take pictures of people, it’s what I love to do. I search for the moments where people are who they truly are and capture those exact moments. Whether I am shooting an event or a stylized portrait, the energy that comes from people in their natural moments is what I treasure; it is those moments that I am after.

A Beginning in Event Photography

Living in Vancouver, I began my work in the area of event photography truly by accident. I got my first DSLR camera December 29th, 2010 and was an instant shutterbug. My camera (Nikon d3100 at the time) was with me everywhere I went and with it I took photos of the people I was around. Photos of friends… friends of friends… even complete strangers… the resulting photos were furiously posted to Facebook with my little watermark in the corner, “Sean Gregor Creative.”

I was very humbled when my photos were being used as profile pictures amongst many of my friends. I know what you’re thinking… “not the biggest deal in the world”, right?... But to be honest, this had me over the moon! When I take a picture of someone, I am trying to capture who they really are, that inner essence and I felt a sense of pride in knowing that people liked how I saw them and this affirmation gave me the encouragement to move on with my work.

Not too long after this, I was frequently being invited to bring my camera with me to events as an official photographer. At this point my collection of gear was growing and I felt confident enough in my capabilities to accept these invitations, and I’m glad I did. I had discovered my love for the atmosphere of event photography. Being plunked into the middle of social situations and interacting with people was perfect for me. I love bopping around from spot to spot capturing moments of the event, telling a story as it unfolds; then assembling the final curated collection and viewing the story all over again, reliving the highlights. I was born for this.

Portrait Photography

When reviewing my photographs I really began to appreciate the candid portraiture associated with event photography. It provided me with a new vision of working with people. As I saw it, the next logical step in my development as a photographer was in stylized portraiture.

I have been fortunate to have some amazing opportunities to work with some really interesting people like, Musician Robert Taira Wilson, Artist Demil Pibot. My work was even published on the cover of Vancouver’s “24 hrs,” from when I collaborated with Patricia Gonsalves of Lykopis Archery. After these moments I have been left with a feeling of excitement and I am really looking forward to interacting with the many people and projects that lie ahead for me in the future.

Life Before Photography

Before I began taking photographs for a living I was no stranger to the camera. For many years I was both a full-time Recording artist know as Armstrong Jr., and a full-time Graphic Designer. This meant that when I was not having my photo taken for an album cover or promo shot, I was manipulating photographs of others to be incorporated into some national marketing campaigns selling insurance to the masses.

In hindsight, this gave me valuable insight into what is involved, up and downstream, in the role of photographer. This taught me that creating a great shot is more than just being a skilled operator of a camera and knowing how to manipulate lighting. These lessons have remained invaluable to my work.

As a Model

Working as a subject in front of the camera taught me that to get the best out of a model requires strong directorial skills. There is a relationship built between a photographer and their subject and I take that relationship very seriously. Helping coax out the best in my subjects is something that I truly enjoy and work very hard at. I really believe that these relationships and connections are what contributes to the beginnings of great photograpy.

As a Graphic Designer

I often found myself in the position of helping clients choose effective imagery to communicate their ideas. Pouring through thousands of stock images to find the perfect shot exposed me to many great – and not so great – examples of “effective” use of imagery.

Through this experience I learned that photographs can communicate so much more. This can only be achieved with close attention to the necessary details. When it all comes together, the finished product needs to do more than just “look polished”. It needs to communicate an idea. Often it needs to fit into a bigger picture, concept or theme – it needs to be art in the true sense of the word.

Every time I am on a job I ask myself, “How could this be used effectively to communicate the idea?” Then I ask myself, as a designer, “What kinds of photos would I like to receive?”