Photographer Trevor Dixon graduated from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he's based a career shooting for both advertising and editorial clients such as Anthropologie, Grey Goose and Campbell's Soup. Whether it's shooting in natural light or designing an elaborate studio setting, clients rely on Trevor's technical abilities. No matter how challenging the situation, his laid-back, easy-going personality keeps things running smoothly and stress-free. The recent Communication Arts Photo Annual winner lives in a modern 1950's style house just outside Philadelphia that he recently renovated with his wife (and studio producer) Issa and clone-like son Emmett.
Appreciating A Different Approach to Life
If you have a degree in what field is it? I have a BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
What was your strangest assignment? Shooting Mr. T and waiting with him in his limo for an hour while he watched his religious program and quietly prayed.
Which photographer would you like to meet? I’d love to meet Peter Beard at his studio and see all the things he's collected through the years and listen to some of his stories.
Which famous person (living or dead) would you most like to photograph? David Lynch and Paris Hilton.
Aside from your camera and lighting, what item could you not work without? All the amazing stylists I work with.
Is there anything you would not digitally retouch? No. Every single image gets retouched and worked over in some way.
From where do your best ideas originate? From something that I’ve already learned or noticed. I don’t like to look at websites or sourcebooks or competitors for ideas. I’m better off following my own internal aesthetic and not trying to keep up with trends.
How do you overcome a creative block? Keep the idea in the back of my mind and walk around with it for a few days. Something eventually hits me just when it’s needed.
Do you have creative pursuits other than photography? Not really, my business keeps me really busy these days. My off-time is spent decompressing and hanging with my family.
What music are you listening to right now? At the studio it’s Sirius XMU and upbeat indie music and after hours it’s Motorhead and Slayer.
What’s your approach to balancing work and life? I’m working as hard as I can right now with the goal of retiring comfortably and appreciating a different approach to life.
Do you have any advice for people just entering the profession? I think that you have to be a bit obsessed with photography (almost to a fault) and have an incredible work ethic or it’s probably not going happen. That, and have a great website (it’s the face of your business).
What’s one thing you wish you knew when you started your career? How to say “no” to jobs I wasn’t technically ready for.