We had the good fortune of connecting with Alec Weeks and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alec, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Taking risks with my work has always shown me that I am more capable than I truly believe I am. Just last week, I took a risk to cover an event for Modern Luxury at the Georgia Aquarium, but I had never in my life shot event photography… At the end of the night, I had a blast and realized that I can find myself in everything I do. I started my career as a photographer by taking a risk in the first place. It was an entire ordeal with my family that I would have to quit playing football to pursue my creative work. At first, they weren’t thrilled, but after how far I have come and what I have built for myself with my work they are my biggest supporters. I stick to this when I say taking risks has been the biggest reward in my life because no matter what happens, you always learn something new.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a photographer, I shoot creative headshots that capture the effortless beauty of the human face. I’ve always been the person to make eye contact with strangers on the street just out of curiosity of how their face differs from others and what makes them unique. I focus on separating the identity and personality from the person and capturing their form rather than their essence. Many photographers try to intertwine a person’s personality with their photos and I do the opposite to show that everyone has many perceptions of other people. The mystery of who someone is holds as a strong theme in my work and I believe it is special to emphasize that, rather than thinking it is something to cover up.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Everyone needs to visit The Garden Room to have a meal and hang out for such a unique experience. I always appreciate it when a restaurant is photographable and this place is worth it. If you’re into the creative experience like I am, I’d recommend a day trip to The High Museum of Art and check out the diverse representation of work they hold. At sunset, we would head to Atlantic Station where we would end one day with a photoshoot with the hustle and bustle for a metro vibe. Lastly, you would have to end the trip off by making your way to Axe Throwing Atlanta to have some fun. I stand by creating experiences that you’ll treasure for years to come and these places would guarantee that here in Atlanta.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Matt Boyd Photography lent me the opportunity to take photography and realize the potential I had to pursue it as a career and not just a passion. He took me on to work for him and I have learned so much from him.
Facebook: Weeks Portraits
Other: Art Website- alecweeksart.com