Today we’d like to introduce you to Scott Hart.
Hi Scott, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I am an 11 years Marine Corps veteran, my job in Iraq was Mortuary Affairs. When I returned to the states, I was not the same. Yet I did not know it until I started reacting to what I know now as PTSD triggers. Parts of my life started to fall apart, I was deteriorating from the inside out. I had no understanding as to why… until I was finally diagnosed.
With no professional assistance from the military at my disposal, I was forced to pick up the pieces on my own to the best of my abilities. I had to put myself back together, before total destruction could set in. That’s where photography came into my life. This was after a cousin mentioned that I had an eye and was always taking pictures anyway. Photography then became my outlet, my release, and in time my focus and passion. You could say photography saved my life.
There weren’t many willing to share information amongst photographers when I started. No one was willing to help me until, one day, a man named Bruce approached me as I was out trying to practice my craft. He broke down the basics of Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO for me. I took that information and proceeded to teach myself. I then developed my own style through trial and error. My motto then was ” The More I Shoot, The Better I Will Get”. Turning nothing down, and taking all challenges, whether or not I had ever done them before. Failure was not an option for me, and professionalism was paramount in my process and work ethic. Each year since then has been nothing short of enlightening growth and improvement. It is now 15 years later, and I am still growing and improving. This never stops, especially when it’s your passion.
I now coach starting photographers, the first lesson is: “It’s not the camera, it’s the photographer”. Anybody can get an expensive camera and equipment and take good photos, but only a passionate photographer can pick up any camera and take great photos.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has definitely been a challenging road. Not only was I on my own trying to understand and manage my PTSD, but I had no mentor in the craft and art of photography. There were a lot of mistakes made, and money wasted on things I didn’t really need. Trial by fire you might say.
I was told that you have to have a certain caliber of equipment, in order to be a good photographer that people would want to work with and hire. All of which were outside of my budget at the time. So from that point, I was determined to prove them, and anyone else, wrong. Pushing myself and my limited equipment, using things I would get from home depot and hardware stores to give the highest quality shots I could give before upgrading.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I’m the photographer and owner of Memory Lane Productions 101 (MLP101). I shoot all manner of photos such as alter egos, fantasy, weddings, engagement, noir, boudoir. If you want it captured I will capture it and make it art.
I suppose my specialty is portraits and events. I love capturing memorable moments and people interacting, telling a story or expressing a feeling or emotion.
I am known first and foremost for my professionalism and interaction with my clients, making them feel comfortable in front of the camera. I can honestly work with anyone in just about any environment. I’ve been told that I may also go to extremes pushing myself in ways that other photographers may not, in order to get a shot that I have envisioned.
I’m most proud of my ability to pull the best out of my clients. With them leaving a shoot feeling better about themselves, especially if they are new to being in front of a professional camera. In doing so it allows me to capture their true essence. I love capturing and bringing out the natural beauty in my clients.
I’ve been told by my clients that what sets me apart from the others is my ability to make the most of any situation, environment, or condition, using outside the box creative thinking to get the best captures possible, no matter what the situation is.
So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
First way to find me is by following #MLP101 on most social media platforms You can also google MLP101 Photography and my website: www.mlp101.com click the booking tab to book a session. I give quotes based on the client’s requests.
- Website: www.mlp101.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hawkk101/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MLP101
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/memorylane101
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