Q&A with Matt Beard

Matt Beard in action

Matt Beard in action

We’re excited to announce our new partnership with Los Angeles based photographer extraordinaire, Matt Beard. Matt has spent the last 20 years capturing the visual essence of clients including Apple, Nike, Levis, Lucky Jeans, Sony, Maroon 5, and Cirque Du Soleil. To introduce you to Matt, here’s a little Q&A session with our new friend. Enjoy some of Matt’s tips, tricks and funny moments!

Matt Beard

photo of Matt Beard by: Corinne Saffell

Tamrac: How did you get into photography?
Matt: I’ve always loved photography, even as a young kid I was experimenting with my folks 126 and 110 film cameras.  In 9th grade, my parents lent me their 35mm canon A-1, and I started taking b&w photography classes at Venice High with Larry Shapiro…and the journey begins!

Tamrac: What is the one piece of camera equipment you always take with you?
Matt: My Canon 5D Mark2.

Maroon 5 Matt Beard

© Apple iTunes / by Matt Beard

Tamrac: What advice would you give to aspiring photographers?
Matt: If you always produce the best work you can, every job will lead to another…and so forth.

Maroon 5 Matt Beard

© Apple iTunes / by Matt Beard

Tamrac: What projects do you have coming up that you are excited about?
Matt: Can’t say, top secret.

Switchfoot Matt Beard

© Apple iTunes / by Matt Beard

Tamrac: Do you have any unique or funny moments while shooting on location?
Matt: There’s quite a few, especially from the assisting days.  Once I was told that we were doing a top-secret photo shoot, and it was very hush-hush.  NO cell phones allowed, and we couldn’t reveal our location to anyone.  I didn’t know where we were going, or who we were shooting until we were about a mile away from the location.  At first I thought we were photographing the president.  But, it turned out to be Kobe Bryant’s wedding.  So I got to shoot at Kobe’s wedding… pretty cool!

Carmen Electra Matt Beard

Carmen Electra Shoot

Tamrac: You get to meet and photograph a lot of really cool bands…what music do you enjoy listening too?
Matt: Oddly enough, I’ve always listened more to the news than to music.  However, I really like a lot of different genres of music.  I grew up with everything from Rock, Metal, Ska, Punk and Pop…to Hip Hop, House, Trance and Techno.  I also love classical music, Jazz, swing, big band, reggae and rockabilly.  I’m a fan of anything unique and creative, which has a feeling of the artist’s soul in it.

John Cryer Matt Beard

John Cryer Promo Shoot

Tamrac: What Tamrac gear do you use?
Matt: I use a Big Wheels SpeedRoller 2x, Rally 7 Messenger BagZuma Compact and a Tamrac Medium Tripod Bag.  I also have an older 692 Big Wheels Rolling StrongBox.  It is still in really great shape after all these years and still works great.  I also have a Tamrac Pro-9 Backpack that I’ve used for years, and love!

Tamrac: What do you love about your Tamrac bags?
Matt
: They are affordable, easy to use, and they last a really long time.  They are also fairly inconspicuous and can look more like regular luggage than a camera case…which helps with airline travel…and those run-and-gun guerrilla shoots.

For more information on Matt and to see more of his photography, go to his website: http://www.mattbeard.com/

All images are the property of Matt Beard Photography and cannot be used or reproduced without permission.

Tamrac Around the Globe

Last week we spent some time in a number of South American countries. We snap photos where ever we go and thought we’d share some of these pixel preserved moments with the world!

Where’s Waldo’s dog? Found it. He’s wearing the colors of Peru’s flag and national soccer team!

Casa De La Literatura Peruana is one of the cultural centers in Lima housing contemporary art exhibits and an extensive library. It hasn’t always been though. It originally opened in 1912 and served as the main train station for Lima.

The center fountain of Plaza De Armas shown here replaced the gallos that were erected at the center of the plaza when it was first constructed in 1535.

Two women of Peru obviously discussing the benefits of Tamrac’s Evolution harness system over less versatile backpack straps.

Even in Buenos Aires people are given the opportunity to contemplate the naval.

Avenida 9 de Julio is the world’s widest street named after Argentina’s independence day in 1816. The avenue’s unusual width is because it spans an entire city block, the distance between two streets in the checkerboard pattern used in Buenos Aires. The distance between adjacent streets is roughly 110 m, greater than the equivalent distance in Manhattan, New York, USA. El Obelisco de Buenos Aires (English: The Obelisk of Buenos Aires) is a national historic monument and icon of Buenos Aires. Located in the Plaza de la República, in the intersection of avenues Corrientes and 9 de Julio, it was built to commemorate the fourth centenary of the first foundation of the city.

Funny Pet Photo Contest Winners!

We’re excited to announce the winners of our Funny Pet Photo contest!

1st Place: “Laughing” by Nicholas C.

2nd Place: “I’m Forever Popping Bubbles” by Jon N.

3rd Place: “Inner-Tubing Zues” by Char H.

Congratulations to our winners and huge thanks to all that participated!

Tamrac’s New Blog

This is it! We finally have a way to tell the world about our news, products, photographers and any other thing we deem blog worthy! The burden is upon us to produce life changing content. All you need to do is read. So read on, my friend.