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"It was great! The Cirqle team has been very easy to work with and very quick at replying to any concerns that we've come across. Working with McDonald's was an honor."

McDonald's Casestudy

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“This is the first time that I've been involved as a professional photographer in a Social Media Campaign and I think it's brilliant! I've been saying for years that brands should start doing this. They get professional images plus social media marketing! It's a win-win situation for them. I'm honestly surprised I haven't seen more brands doing this.”

@jerrymaestas | American | 117K Followers | 6% Engagement |
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Jerry Maestas proves that high quality photography adds value for a brand:

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Tell us about how you became a professional photographer?

I remember discovering how much I loved photography about 7 years ago and it's got me to where I am today. It's definitely not something that happens overnight and it takes a lot of hard work to go pro. You'll learn so much just from picking up your camera and taking pictures as much as possible. I feel like there's such a big pressure on artists to find their style right away but learning the basics and trying new things is what led me to the style I have now.

What item(s) do you always have in your camera bag, that you can't live without?

I don't think I could live without my 40mm f2.8 lens. I feel like it helped me shape my photography style and when I started shooting with it, I instantly fell in love.

What are some photography tips for others?

1. Find your light.
Before you even take a photo, find your light and then take a few test shots and see how the light is hitting your subject. I usually ask myself, is the lighting flattering on my subject? Is it adding to the mood of the photo?

2. Take your time.
Take a deep breath, think about what you're trying to capture, & take your time so that you can photograph exactly what you need.

3. Don't be scared to ask for help.
There's nothing wrong with a little help. For me personally, I like having help with lighting because when you're in the middle of a shoot there's a lot to think about.

“I do like working this way with a brand. It helps keep everything organized and it makes sure you’re completing everything on time and correctly.”
— JERRY MAESTAS

What challenges could you encounter during a shoot?

There's a ton of challenges that a photographer can encounter during a shoot. Your battery could die, your model might be late, your camera could malfunction, your SD card might stop working, the lighting could be bad, I could go on and on! You just always have to prepare for the worst.

Why do you enjoy working with companies and how do you choose certain collaborations, any criteria?

I like working with companies because I like the challenge of capturing their products or pieces of clothing through my eyes. I feel like the criteria for deciding to work with a brand is different with every brand. A few questions that I usually ask myself before working with a company are: Do I like the vibe of the brand? Do I think we are a good fit for working with each other? Are they asking for a fair amount of work for the rate they're providing?

What social trends are you seeing unfold for 2019?

I definitely see more brands working with more social media influencers since they're seeing such a huge return from social media marketing. I also see brands taking social media more seriously! It's honestly so great to hear people say that Instagram is being viewed like an online business card.

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