D. Scott Carruthers Adrian Rubin June 27, 2018 Start Ups 233 3 minute readD. Scott Carruthers is a successful photographer from California. With a strong background in the visual arts and art history, he can express himself through his photography. He lets each unique subject shine, adapting his technical style to the demands of each situation. Scott has had a lifelong interest in the arts. His parents supported his artistic ambitions by buying his first camera. In high school, a special teacher encouraged him to go into photography as a career. His work was featured in his high school yearbook. After art school, Scott went into business on his own as a photographer. At the early age of 20, he was able to open his studio. Scott’s areas of expertise include portrait and landscape photography. He has worked in fashion and for several A-list stars in Hollywood. His special focus remains on taking photographs of musicians and bands. His versatility and artistic vision make him sought after as a photographer. His agent helps him book high-profile gigs around California. He also photographs weddings and special events. Scott works closely with his clients to create the look they want in their photographs. He is focused on satisfying the client’s needs while keeping his artistic integrity intact. He believes in making strong personal relationships with his clients. Getting to know each client individually helps him to see new angles and draw out new areas of focus. When clients engage D. Scott Carruthers, they know that they will receive the best possible photographs. His work helps them increase their business and promotes them to a worldwide audience. How did you get started with photography? I have always been fascinated with how the photographer sees the world. When I was a little kid, I had a cheap camera and liked to take shots of my family and the neighborhood. When I was in high school, my parents gave me a nice camera. My art teachers encouraged me to explore different areas of photography. As I became more skilled with a camera, the word went around school that I could photograph musicians. Since we lived in Anaheim, California, several of my classmates were aspiring musicians. They were able to pay me a little bit for my services, and my business took off from there. How do you handle the day-to-day needs of your photography business? I used to do everything myself, but recently I hired an office manager. She helps me with bookings, expenses, record keeping, and contacting clients. I would recommend that all photographers hire someone to help with the business end of things. It’s enough work to manage the artistic side of the profession. With my office manager’s help, I’m able to get the best bookings and still have time to relax. What is your favorite project that you have worked on in the past? I took all the photographs for a well-known band’s album promotion. With digital music expanding in the way it has, there isn’t as much demand for full studio shoots when an artist has a new album coming out. I was pleased that my client wanted a full portfolio. The images are useful for album covers as well as for promotional purposes. I love working with musicians and bands. I feel like my work complements theirs and creates a complete vision. Do you like to travel? Do you have any special trips you would like to share with us? Traveling brings me happiness. I love getting out in the world and exploring. I love seeing how people live around the world. I am fascinated by architecture, and I love seeing monuments and famous buildings. Of course, I always have a camera nearby to capture different views of each place. I enjoy taking my viewers along on my journeys. I try to make my photographs unique: for example, everyone has seen fifty copies of the same view of the Golden Gate Bridge. I try to get new angles and take my viewers to places they haven’t seen before.