Zack Arias - Get to Work

Image by Antoine Willaeys

Image by Antoine Willaeys

“I’m a photographer because it’s the only thing I know how to do.”

Zack Arias talks depression, perspective, and what to do when you desperately need to be inspired.

“What I’ve learned is to celebrate people’s success.”

0:48 Depression

2:57 Perspective

6:27 Not Caring and Then Trolls

8:41 “I knew I had to do something.”

12:34 “So what am I gonna do?”

15:01 Getting to Work

22:11 Two-Way Street

27:43 Realizations

32:52 The Boys

34:32 Part 2: The David Hobby Story

40:41 Caleb

44:52 Joey and Jeremy

48:41 So Many Wonderful People

51:16 Following Zack on the Socials and the Webs

54:43 One Last Question

“I knew I had to do something.”

Zack Arias is an editorial and commercial photographer based in Atlanta, GA. His specialty is niched in press and publicity photography for the music and television industries. His clients include HGTV, Land Rover, Business Week, The Coca-Cola Company, TIME, The Smithsonian, VICE, and Sony Music.

Zack’s first run at being a freelance photographer left him heavily in debt and placed his family on the edge of destruction. He came to a place in his career that required him to put the cameras down and take a “day job.” After two years of selling off gear to help pay rent and fix beater cars, Zack was given a chance to come back to the photography industry as a second shooter at weddings. He took a D100, a Visitor 285 flash, an ample amount of faith, and quit his job at Kinkos in October of 2003. He was determined to do things differently this time around.

His minimalist approach to photography turned into the OneLight Workshop in 2005 that he now teaches around the world. It has become so popular that dates for the workshop regularly sell out months in advance.

“I have these kids that I have to raise and I don’t want them watching their dad just give up.”