Will Moneymaker is a Cincinnati-based freelance photographer, family historian, committed Christian, husband of twenty years and devoted father of four. The arts have always been a part of his life. He has been making music since he was 11 years old, and in the late 1980s, he studied music education at Concord University. In 1993, he studied at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and during his last year of college, he worked as a videographer for a CBS television station in the Pittsburgh area. His work in videography was the start of his lifelong love of photography.
In 2002, Will received his first DSLR – the Fujifilm FinePix S602 Zoom. With this camera, he rediscovered his passion for photography. Since that time, Will has taken thousands of photographs and attended numerous conferences and workshops to polish his skills.
Will believes that there is a big difference between taking photos and making them. His work is a personal experience in which he expresses the joys of his art, whether that is hiking several miles to a hidden waterfall or vista or the pleasure of coming to know the person he is photographing. When it comes to portraiture, Will understands that learning about each individual’s personality helps bring out a beautiful image of that person. At events, he loves to capture those special split-second moments so that they can be enjoyed for years to come. When Will is behind the camera, he experiences the moment through all of his senses and then captures it forever.
Will’s inspiration comes from the opportunity to see and experience new things through the lens. Ansel Adams once said, “Every man’s work is always a portrait of himself.” That is why Will has taught himself to be his own worst critic. He is constantly analyzing his photos, focusing on the subject matter and learning how he can create something better. The process of learning and developing as a photographer is something that never ends.
One of the most popular bits of advice Will has been given is to narrow down his photographic style. The thing is, it takes years to develop a style. We rely on artists that inspire us, and we all have a uniqueness that lends something different to the art of photography. Every person has a different way of reacting to and appreciating the beauty that surrounds him or her. One person might prefer the simple touches, like focusing on the eyes within a portrait, while another enjoys finding those interesting foreground elements in a breathtaking landscape. Still others can spend hours lost in the beauty of the lines, shapes and geometry of an abstract image.
So, despite the advice, Will has never narrowed his style. His images are meant to be enjoyed by everyone, no matter their tastes. There are some things, like long exposures, that are old favorites, and Will enjoys the play of shadows and light in black and white photography. Nevertheless, Will always finds it exciting to experiment with a variety of new and diverse techniques.
When it comes to a genre or a favorite subject, Will refuses to assign his work to one or two categories. Today, he might be working on product photography, and tomorrow he could be working on aerial shots or landscapes. Photography as an art is endless in its diversity, so Will lives by the philosophy that every day brings something new. His favorite subjects are those that happen to be in front of his lens on a given day. As Imogen Cunningham once said, “Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.”
If you’d like to learn more about Will Moneymaker’s motivations and inspiration, feel free to browse his galleries or check out his blog. He is adding new and innovative work all the time, and his blog is filled with helpful information, ideas, and inspiration.
Since those early days, Will has graduated to better cameras and equipment.
Today, he shoots with a Canon 5D Mark IV. Some of his lenses and equipment include:
Will understands that the art doesn’t happen inside the camera. However, professional equipment enables him to create diverse and interesting fine art photography, crystal-clear product photos and more.