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Edward McGowan

Tell us something about yourself:

My name is Edward McGowan I am the Director of Design at PlainJoe studios where I also do photography. I go by isayx3 on social media (instagram, twitter). Isayx3 is short for I say, I say, I say.

How and when did you get into photography?

In 2009, I started doing a flickr 365 project for fun. Because of all the positive feedback I started getting into it a little more seriously

What does photography mean to you?

I design for my job and use photography as a creative outlet.


Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

I think a lot of my style has formed because I work a lot in a studio which is defined by my lighting.


Where do you get inspiration from?

As a design I’ve learned to pull inspiration from everything. I’m also looking. This really is the key to getting better.

Think you in advance what you want in the picture?

You always want to capture that one moment that turns something from a snapshot into a photo.


Studio, on location or both?

I shoot and enjoy both, but because of time I shoot studio a lot more. I hope that will change.

Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

A paid hobbyist professional


What has been your most memorable session and why?

I shot a photo for an online series called “Framed”. It was inspired by photographer and friend Brooke Shaden. We were on location in Malibu and was giving a challenge to come up with an image in a short amount of time. The whole experience was fantastic.


What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?

Fashion magazines. I think fashion photographer are amoung the most creative.


Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?

Nikon. My favortite lens is the 14-24mm f2.8


What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?

Ask yourself if your work and what you offer is better than what is out there. If it is not than work to make it so.


What do you think of our new magazine?
It’s great…I always welcome a new source for more inspiration. Thank you for including me.

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