What do nearly 25 years in the bar/restaurant industry and 10+ years in photography get you? Connection. Trust. Emotion. Real, genuine, unaltered feeling. Exposure. Vulnerability. And not necessarily in that order. Mix these all together with some strategy and you get a raw, fun storytelling photographical concoction created by me, Darrin Hackney.
What makes me such a badass photographer? My background. I’ve always had a keen eye, particularly in the art of people watching. The restaurant/bar industry taught me how to feel the raw emotion of the moments surrounding me. Whether a guy had a chance with the girl he just laid a one-liner on or if the mixture of testosterone and alcohol was brewing a fight between guys, I became perceptive to any and all feelings.
Those real moments are now felt and captured by the people in front of my lens - feeling the love from a look between a man and woman, the way he holds and kisses her or the excitement and spark in the eyes of a professional for a headshot. My unique sense for capturing the spirit of the moment sets me apart - not many others in my industry have that connection to capture.