NUMA: How did you get involved with Numa?
DARYL: I was able to shoot with a model from Numa back in 2012 while building my portfolio, and I became aware of the really diverse talent at the agency. More recently I met Michelle B, and had a few opportunities to collaborate with her. Since then I’ve been fortunate to collaborate with more of the models at Numa.
NUMA: Where do you find your inspiration?
DARYL: I find inspiration in photo books, documentaries, and fashion blogs. Most of the creative work that I do comes from a cinematic source also. Cinematography from some of the greats during the golden age of Hollywood also inspire my image making. I find modern inspiration in international fashion magazines, websites, and modern art.
NUMA: What made you interested in taking images?
DARYL: I was able to experiment with my family’s 35mm camera at a young age, and my interest in image making has grown and changed since then. Love of movies and movie making in my teens took me in the direction of film school, and after graduating I worked as a music video editor for a production company. I shot a few music videos, short films, and a documentary, and then my focus on still images and fashion photography grew during my time working at a studio.
NUMA: Do you have any tips for newer photographers?
DARYL: I think it’s key to try and create something unique, and to work with people who are true collaborators and focused on the same things you are. I still consider myself a “new” photographer and I think it’s good to keep that mentality and always look to better yourself.
NUMA: What is your favorite style of photography?
DARYL: I’m a real fan of street-style, reportage, or photo journalism. I also like the idea of these type of real situations fused with fashion and commercial photography. A lot of the images from the great photographers of the 60s, and 70s, are in my opinion, the best photography that’s out there. At that time, the room for error with digital photography did not exist, and there was no second takes. These photographers became masters at capturing moments the first time around. I like to shoot images that are simple, relaxed, and a bit raw. An honest vibe between myself and the model is very important.
NUMA: Which goals have you set and accomplished for yourself in 2016?
DARYL: I was lucky to shoot a look-book this past summer for a swimwear brand, as well as collaborate with a few of my favorite models in Vancouver. One of my goals was also to have more published work, and collaborate with a great team. There are a few really talented artists I collaborate with regularly, and that’s been a goal of mine for a while. I was also fortunate to be published alongside some of my favorite modern photographers in Andivero Magazine this year, and I’ve been a fan of that magazine for a while.
NUMA: Where do you find your models?
DARYL: I see a lot of new faces at the agencies, and on Instagram. However recently a lot of new models have found me also. I tend to work with models that get the vibe I’m after, and are looking for collaborations that are mutually beneficial. I’ve found models shopping for groceries, at public events, through friends, and just walking down the street.
NUMA: Thanks, Daryl!