Sunday, October 16, 2011

DZR Images

Welcome Don, from DZR Images!!

DP: How did you get your start as a photographer?

I started shooting and developing my shots in high school. All film. Wish we had digital back then. In fact, I moved to California thinking that I would go to Brooks Institute. As life is, things changed and I took a different direction. I went to USC film school, but upon graduation, I immediately took a job I thought I would never do – bond trading. My father was a trader in the Midwest where I grew up, and I kind of followed up in his footsteps. I started at a small regional firm here in Los Angeles and ultimately was trading for Deutsche Bank’s NASDAQ floor in downtown LA. That would close down after 9/11 and the recession to put me where I’ve been for the last 10 years. While that was going on, the digital boom came and I couldn’t resist. All that technology at little cost. I was an early adopter in 2004 and haven’t stopped.

DP: As you know, I love your work. What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

I like shooting people in general. Music is my passion for a whole host of reasons. But cute chicks and babies work too. I’m not much for still life or scenic. Not because of a lack of interest, but because every attempt is usually unsatisfactory to me. HDR has changed that a bit. But people and their eyes are most intriguing to me.

DP: The pictures of your baby are so gorgeous. Great subject matter there!

You are on our website as Decadent Publishing’s House Photographer. How did that happen?

Heather [Bennett] of Decadent Publishing had seen some of my album artwork, was extraordinarily complimentary, and thought that it would add a bit of a twist to have me shoot a music themed novel. I was definitely looking to expand my horizon of subjects so I shot the cover of Joy Ride. I believe one or two of my other shots grace the covers of Decadent. I can’t wait to do the next one!

DP: Besides Desiree Holt’s Joy Ride, your work also covers Becca Dale’s Can’t Stop Me and Run Devil Run: A Paranormal Anthology. What was it like seeing your work as a book cover?

Awesome! Anytime somebody appreciates my work, I’m grateful. More important, it feeds my ego!!

DP: What images for Decadent are your favorites?

Well, the Jackie and EJ cover for sure -- and all the images that Decadent readers didn’t see from that shoot. The Run Devil Run catalog is nice, but here’s a case where cute chick trumps the musical passion; by a long shot!

DP: You have a certain ‘style’ that is becoming recognizable on the Strip. How did that evolve?

At first, trying to make horrible pictures look good. Then when the pictures got good, I liked the techniques I was applying and continued using them on most all of my images.

DP: ‘Happy Accident’, to be sure. It’s fabulous. Do you have any other creative outlets you like to explore?

Being a daddy. My daughter has actually become my number one subject of late. But I’m also going to resume my music video shooting again. There [are] samples on my site of some of my early stuff. That was all done prior to HD. But, again, the technology has evolved so fast, that I can shoot full HD for next to nothing. I wasn’t going to make the expenditure until Nikon had every feature I wanted, which looks to be coming in their latest release expected at the end of summer.

Samples of my work are at and I can be contacted at

DP: Thanks, Don. I have enjoyed following your photographic journey and look forward to working with you more!

Speaking of DZR book covers, we’ll give away a copy of Can’t Stop Me and a copy of Joy Ride today! Check out DZR’s website and tell me one picture that you love, then comment here to win.


Jessica E. Subject said...

Saw pics of Veruca Salt and LMFAO, but my fav are the pics of EJ and Jackie.

I already have Can't Stop Me in the RDR anthology, but I don't have Joy Ride yet. I'll have to get it. :)

Ann Mayburn said...

When I look at pictures I see book covers(yes Val, I can feel your eye rolling from here) so these are the pictures that have started what we writers like to call 'plot bunnies', meaning stories that jump up in our subconscious out of nowhere. :)

Barbara Elsborg said...

Well I've tried three times and failed to get on the site. Some issue or other - sigh - but I do love that photo of your daughter.

Valerie Mann said...

My eye is not rolling, neither one in fact! LOL. Maybe if you write a story around one of these pics, we can find a way to use it!

Anonymous said...

Love all of these pictures, but the baby is the best. She's Sssssoooooo precious.

One of my favorite photographers, thanks for stopping in, Don.