What do nearly 25 years in the service 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 service 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.
I learned how to understand and comfort clients at some of the happiest, surprised or even sad moments in their life. The “big day” or any important milestones can be some of the most vulnerable or stressful times for anyone - let alone in front of a camera. I earn trust to relax my clients before a shoot, shaking the jitters away to reveal those genuine emotions in an artistic, strategic storytelling photo.
My clients not only feel at ease with me, they feel good about themselves. I have an uncanny ability to capture the energy and beauty of any of my subjects. There’s a reason why I win awards year after year. Every photo consistently tells a detailed, emotional, vibrant story - without one word used.