We had the good fortune of connecting with Attapon Mingklin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Attapon, what makes you happy? Why?
A lot of materialistic stuff gives me joy, but I wouldn’t say that’s what make me happy. I’m happy that my family are healthy. Things could be worse, but I’m super thankful for everything I have. Especially during this pandemic I was able to focus more on myself. Working swing shifts in the industry I was able to accomplish a lot of goals, to me even the small victories count. A big part of happiness was finding my passion, when craft doesn’t drain your energy, instead it feeds your spirit, this was it for me. Growing up in third world country I never had interest in anything specific, but to find a way to have stable income to support my family. I had a lot of hobbies, but nothing that allowed for me to grow into any career path. Growing up in small village of Sukhothai, Thailand we didn’t have much. It started when Motorola released a cellphone with a camera. It came with a horrible camera, which was good back in the day. That flip phone only had about 5 MB storage. I remember always taking photos of random things and I would run out of memory. I always had to go back and delete the photos that I liked the least to make room for new ones. Throughout the years, iPhone cameras would get better and better. I personally feel like the best camera I can have, are the ones that I always have with me. I didn’t own a professional camera until recently, I was able to buy a used Sony A7s off of my buddy and that’s when things started to get interesting.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What really started for me was capturing candid portrait photos of my friends and family. I also enjoyed taking photos of interesting subjects, animals, and landscape. After I started posting random photos on social media platform, people/brands start reaching out to me for work and collaborations. They were looking for that natural authentic moment that I was able to capture. I think the biggest challenge for me was doing homework before I go into a shoot, once you get to the location everything changes. I dislike having expectations for something, because I like to make things up as I go. I like to make connection with people, subjects or places. Having strong communication really helps in most situations. Being open minded has really helped out. There are brands that might want things in a certain way and you just have to be able to adapt in most situation. But don’t be scared to propose some of your own ideas which might help out with the project.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Obviously one of the days we have to do a little cook out at the house, nothing is like the comfort food in your own home. Small gatherings with friends and family, eating home cook food, drinking our own choice of beverages, enjoying each others company and catching up about everything and anything are always the priceless moments in life. Really depends what mood my friends would be in, as a host I would do my best to accommodate them. If they want to eat good Thai food, I would most likely have my mother whip up something for us. If they want to get a good scenery of the city, I would take them up to Fort Apache Cave and start a bonfire where they can see the whole city. If they want to go gamble I would not take them to the strip because the casinos always win. If they want to explore old Las Vegas I would take them downtown where drinks at the bar are cheaper and most of the restaurants are family owned. If they want to go hiking or camping I can take them to Red-Rock Canyon, Mt. Charleston or down in Boulder City by the Colorado river. Whatever they want to do I’ll find some place for us. Vegas is a small city is expanding really fast and so there there’s plenty of things to do out here.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My creative work flow and spark really comes from the remarks I get from posting the content I created or when my clients’ post my work. Im driven on positive affirmative and great vibes. Big thanks to all my loved ones that have supported me through this journey. Big shout out to my buddy Kyle Laboriante, he’s my inspiration and solid content creator. I love his style of editing and his vision. He’s definitely a big part of this journey! He’s always pushing me to get out and create, even though I don’t have the latest gear or the coolest up to date gadgets like everyone else. I’m currently working with Manners. My team is amazing and they are very positive people to be around. Always uplifting and super supportive in everything that I do. Every time we’re working on content for the new drop, they always allows me get really creative, and express my work, plus I can always be myself around them.