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Hi, my name is Eli Warren, I'm a professional editorial and commercial photographer located in Taylors SC, just outside Greenville. My wife Julie and I live with our two cats, Max and Kitty.
Taylors, South Carolina
+1 864 386 1060
How did you get into photography?
I became interested in photography during my mid-20s while working for a paintball distributor. The girl I was dating at the time was into photography, my good friend had a camera and let me mess around with it one day, my boss was an amateur photographer, and the company I worked for had a small studio for product photos. These experiences piqued my interest in photography and soon after, I purchased a camera set-up using the money from my tax return. After learning a few things on my own and reading every photo book I could get my hands on, my mom got me into a class at a local darkroom. I became friends with the instructor, Kim Sholly, who encouraged me to pursue commercial photography and referred many of my clients in the beginning.
What's a shoot with you like?
I like to plan ahead of time, so by the day of the photo shoot, I have everything prepared and ready to go. This way the atmosphere on set is relaxed and my clients can have fun during their session, and easily understand the plan with the time allotted.
Do you travel for shoots?
Absolutely. I will gladly travel. Last year, aside from lots of shoots in my home town, I shot in DC, Atlanta, Columbia, Charleston, Charlotte, and Raleigh.
What type of client typically hires you?
I have a varied clientele. I'm often shooting portraits for magazines, advertising images for businesses (small and large) and ad agencies, head shots for business owners, writers, actors, and other creatives. I also have a really great group of visual artists, who hire me regularly.
Where can I see your work?
I'm a regular contributor to Town magazine, At Home magazine, and my work has been featured in Country Living, Where Women Create, WNC Magazine, Local Pallette Magazine, and many others. I've done advertising work for Hales Jewelers, Drift, Presbyterian College, and loads of other businesses. In addition, I've had portraits published in many books, most recently in Scott Gould's book, Strangers to Temptation.
Who are some notable clients?
Scan Source, Hales Jewelers, Beija Flor Jeans, Novus Advisors, Paragon Bank, The Peace Center, Upstate Allianace, Drift, Town Magazine, At Home Magazine, Country Living, Where Women Create, WNC Magazine, and Local Pallette Magazine. I've worked for noted artists such as Carl Blair, Patti Brady, Paul Yanko, Emily Jeffords, Joseph Bradley, Joe Everson, and many others. Recently, I photographed SC Attorney General candidate William Hurlong and Congressional candidate, Dan Hamilton.
Have you won any awards?
I won an Addy Award for a magazine cover I photographed for At Home Magazine and another for an issue of Town Magazine, that featured my work. I also have a piece in the permanent collection of the Pickens County Museum, had a piece in the SEC4P Gallery's juried exhibition 'The Intimate Portrait', and the GCCA juried exhibit ' Making Faces'.
What's your personality like?
I grew up in a small town and my family is very down to earth, which is how I strive to be. Treating others with respect is important to me and I enjoy learning about them and what makes them tick. I also love comic book movies, reading lots of books (Harry Potter at the moment), all food, and all animals - so those topics come up a lot in conversation when I'm around. I'm also a big fan of cheesy jokes- just ask anyone who's worked with me.
How do you charge for work?
It really depends on the scope of the job. For portraits and head shots, I have a price sheet I send by request. For commercial jobs, I quote based on what is required- which includes my time, securing locations, if crew rates and travel are necessary, and some other factors that my clients might request. I have a regular makeup artist I work with, as well as assistants, and have also hired people in areas where I've traveled.
How do I go about hiring you?
The best way to contact me is by email, either through my site's contact page or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send information about your needs and any questions you may have. Feel free to call or text- 864-386-1060, (please include your name with the initial text) I will send you an estimate based on your needs. Once you've booked the session, I require half the amount of payment up-front to secure the date and I accept cash, cards, and checks.