Communication Arts Interviews Lee Crum

Get to know Lee Crum a little better via this feature in Communication Arts Insights:

If you have a degree in what field is it? College was never so good as my first four freshman years. They were my favorite.

What was your strangest assignment? Shooting a child, for a drug company, that was in a coma (and had been for over eleven years)

Which photographer would you like to meet? Peter Beard.

What famous person (living or dead) would you most like to photograph? The Dalai Lama.

Aside from your camera and lighting, what item could you not work without? Sunglasses.

Is there anything you would not digitally retouch? Most of my work.

From where do your best ideas originate? When I’m laying in bed in the middle of the night.

How do you overcome a creative block? I play tennis.

Do you have creative pursuits other than photography? I love modern architecture. I designed my home in New Orleans.

What music are you listening to right now? A lot of Radiohead.

What’s your approach to balancing work and life? I spend a large amount of time with my family. They are my soul. I also bring them with me on the road as often as I can.

What’s your favorite quote? While hard work pays off later, procrastination always pays off now.

Do you have any advice for people just entering the profession? It’s got to be your passion, otherwise don’t try it. You will ultimately be disappointed with the fact that it is too much business and not enough shooting.

What’s one thing you wish you knew when you started your career? When it would end…so I could pace myself!

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