I'm Bobby Foxx.
I'm a photographer.
I'm a Florida Man(he/him/his)
I'm a dog daddy
I'm a plant daddy
I'm married to a narcoleptic scientist...
That's me in a nutshell.
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On a professional level, I'm a photographer, and not any particular kind of photographer either. I want to do it all, and so far that's what I've been doing. Photography is a series of practices and ideas, and rules(which are mean to be broken), and once you know them you can do any kind of photography with some practice and research, and the proper equipment. I need that discovery -the endless learning. It's what keeps me in wonder, and when I become a better product photographer I also become a better portrait photographer. When I study landscape I'm better able to photography people in landscape. I think it's a shame that photographers are forced niche down and continuously produce the same kind of work over and over and over again, because marketing, because service, because because because. It's another thing to find your passion and just stick with it, perfect it, but I've found my passion in photography as whole, and I'm not interested in niching down.
So I do a lot of different things. I love product still life because it's such a pure, distilled form of photography: just you and the lights and the shadows and reflections. And CHOICES. It's the kind of work you do in a quiet space. It's lonely in a peaceful way, and when you spend several days wrestling with an idea or an image and finally have a breakthrough and step back to see what you've created... I love that feeling.
Consumer photography is so much the opposite. It's 30% photography and 70% interpersonal connection and interaction. Planning, booking, meeting, consulting, connecting, connecting, connecting. And during the photography itself you relinquish so much control to chance and just allow moments to happen as they are, gently guiding details and choices, suggesting, encouraging. Product photography is about CONTROL, and consumer photography is about EXPERIENCES. You squeeze in as many choices as you can but most of all you allow the person you're photographing to LIVE. Not always, but usually.
My career in photography began after a short lived experience in the fashion and art sales world. In 2012, the year the world ended according to the mayan calendar, I launched a contemporary jewelry brand called Bobby Foxx Jewelry. I participated in fashion shows, sold my work in stores and markets all around the state. I needed photos of each piece and I was often featured in blogs and editorials which needed images of the work, so I took a photography class in college on top of my regular workload and almost failed. It wasn't engaging. I'd grown up shooting manual, taken several darkroom classes between middle and high school. The college class was... kind of boring, and the professor was a film photographer who didn't do a great job of teaching us post production. In the beginning, I picked up most of what I learned about post production through a connection with a New Zealand lifestyle photographer who I still haven't met IRL. From this I built a starter portfolio and began booking family shoots, graduation session, and even weddings.
So, in the beginning, I was kind of just a guy with a camera. I was cheap, I was somewhat reliable, but I loved what I was doing and it became part of my identity.
I stopped the fashion shows and jewelry sales after a sham of fashion show in Orlando. I realized that I would always be taken advantage of as jewelry designer, as much as I loved the craft and the deep dark story I was living. I didn't quit, I just put it all in a box, and I haven't opened it since. "One day, perhaps", I still tell myself.
But when I closed that door on jewelry, more opened for photography. I picked up a very good product still life client and started a project that would last three years and fund most of my equipment needs. I invested in my skill through online courses and in-person masterclasses, visited art museums in search of who I wanted to be and where I exist, shot experimental portraiture and concept photography... It's a never ending development that actually has very little to do with financial success, but I know what I want to be, and I have a vague idea of how to get there. I think that's better than most and I consider myself lucky.
In February of 2021, I launched Grey Fox Bridal, a brand and a space for my wedding photography to exist and thrive. I want to live here on BobbyFoxx.com. Grey Fox is still a work in progress, but it's getting there. I'm excited for both of my brands. Grey Fox allows me to feel my way through the experiences I've lived with my wedding clients, and BBFXX.com is a space where I can grow and experiment as an artist. I didn't know it until recently, but I need both, and they're very different.
So thanks for visiting my website and for viewing my work. If you want to stay connected, find me on social media.