"This portrait of Sean William Scott was shot for an editorial feature in Envy magazine." Paul Salfen, writer; Envy magazine, client.
"This portrait of Mark Walhberg and Ludacris was shot for the cover of Envy magazine right before the movie Max Payne came out." Jason Hadfield, art director; Paul Salfen, writer; ENVY magazine, client.
Duration: Since 2004.
Staff: I usually work alone and hire assistants for hair and make-up as needed. Finding the right rep would be great though.
Education: Kilgore Junior College. I studied every art class from sculpture to Web design. I feel so grateful for the education that I received. My photography instructor, Rufus Lovett, is a Texas Monthly contributor. He is a great mentor with a wonderful sense of humor, who made the learning experience so valuable.
Cultural influences: I grew up riding BMX bikes and that lifestyle had a huge impact on my personal development. It taught me self-discipline and how to mentally overcome my fears. It was a companion and an outlet for self-expression—pure freedom. It requires a lot of mental visualization/practice to develop skill. I apply simple life experiences such as riding a bike to my business in photography.
Environment: I usually work on location. I sometimes rent a studio for a project, but a lot of the work that I do is on location.
Philosophy: Whatever you're looking for, it's looking for you too.