Athletic Women Magazine September 2014 November 2013 - Page 12

In the spotlight for this issue, photographer Dan Ray. If you don't know who Dan is, then you're probably living under a rock. Dan is quite likely the hardest working shooter in the business. He's usually the first to arrive at a show, the first to start doing shoots and one of the last to head back home. In between, you'll find Dan front and center in the “pit” covering the show.

We wanted to see if we could find out what makes Dan Ray tick, or at the very least see if he might let us in on the best place around to get an ice tea.

How and when did you get your start in photography?

I started photography in high school and carried on in college at KU where I got a degree in photojournalism.

When did you start shooting fitness?

I've been shooting fitness stuff since 2006 or 2007. It's all a blur.

Can you hazard a guess as to how many shots you might take in a year?

I probably shoot 500,000 to 600,000 images a year, counting shoots and show coverage.

Typically, how long does a camera last you until you have to replace it?

Cameras last a few years. Shutters, now that's another story. I typically go through a shutter every eight to nine months, so that adds up.

When you find some spare time, what do you like to do for enjoyment and hobbies?

Who has spare time? I like to sleep, I enjoy watching NFL and college basketball, rock chalk Jayhawks. I help the blind to see and crippled to walk. You know, the usual stuff.

What advice do you have for models starting out in the fitness industry?

Check up on the photographers, ask other girls about working with people you don't know. Remember to budget your time. Just because the shoot is supposed to last an hour doesn't mean you'll be there for an hour. Always stay until later Sunday or Monday after a big show. That's when most of the shoots are. Always bring heels and sunglasses and swimsuits other then your stage suit. They're small and should fit in your pockets!

Behind The Lens


Dan Ray