Award-winning photographer Lane Dorsey may be young, but he has proven again and again that age is just a number. The 21-year-old, Sheridan College student already has an impressive client list of stars including Toronto’s own Luke Bilyk, Lyle Lettau and Melinda Shankar from Degrassi: The Next Generation.
Faze caught up with Lane to discuss his work and what it’s like pursuing his passion.
When did you first discover photography as a passion? When did realize you wanted to get into it as a career?
Since 2006 when I was in grade 8, I was given my first dinky little point and shoot camera—and I loved using it. I loved it so much that I would sneak it out of the box when my parents weren’t home to go outside and take pictures.
I knew I wanted to make a career out of photography during my year off after graduating high school. That was easily the best idea I’ve ever had—to follow my passion in pursuit of a career in the arts!
Is there a particular type of session that you enjoy doing most?
I love working with actors, celebrities, people in the media and artists. Straight up, if I wasn’t in my career of photography, I’d probably end up being an actor somewhere. I feel like our personalities just get along really well, and therefore, we can make great images more easily!
Is there a signature/particular style that is consistent in all of your photos?
I try to pay attention to my lighting—all the time. For me, if the lighting is weird or bad, I try 10000% to make it better! I’m a big contrast guy too. Nine times out of ten, my photos will have a huge form of contrast, either in the actual photo, or the meaning/metaphor of the shot.
Basically, lighting is everything for me. It’s so fun to play around with and be innovative with it!
What advice do you have for any budding photographers who want to get into it as a career/business?
Work hard and be humble! Always be hungry to learn and grow not only as an artist, but a person. Get your face and work in front of people! No one remembers the photographer they’ve never seen before: plain and simple.
Social media is the best tool any artist can ask for now. Use the social network as a tool, and don’t be a tool using a social network.
Check out Lane’s portfolio at www.lanedorsey.com.