Tony Wodarck

PHOTOGRAPHER - TONY WODARCK LLC

I'm a husband to one, a father of two, a dual-job sole provider for my household and following all my passions with my entire heart. I work during the day at Hurley as a Digital Marketing Director and on nights and weekends I photograph couples and weddings. I learned on film in high school and now shoot a hybrid of film and digital. Since I launched my photography business two years ago, I've been committed to helping people along the way through Instagram live interviews helping other photogs, articles on my site, mentor sessions and giving back 25% of my profits to the charity of my client's choice.

If you could tell your younger self something you’ve learned along the way, what would you say?

I used to be confused why people teach when there's not much money in teaching. I always looked at my teachers a bit perplexed. Like why not go out and make money pursuing your passion? It wasn't until the past two years when I started mentoring people have I seen the reward and joy you get in helping others and watch them succeed. Similar to being a parent which is also happening in that same timeframe. What would I tell my younger self? Don't worry about your own success as much, there's no goals you'll reach that will ever feel as satisfying as helping others does.

What is the most unique or special place you’ve worked/done a shoot?

I tend to shoot pretty locally so I can stay close to my family and work a full-time job. I did however travel entirely around the world in college on Semester at Sea. I volunteered as the design editor of a 124-page coffee table book we made full of student's photography along our travels. We traveled for 100 days and visited 11 countries, fully circumnavigating the globe from The Bahamas to San Diego, the long way round. My role was to pick the best photos from each country, layout the entire book in indesign and deliver a finished print ready book at the end of the trip. It's one of my most proud achievements and I did it all as a volunteer position.

What inspired you to become an image maker?

My friends and I shot a lot on disposable cameras in junior high. I took a photography class my senior year of high school learning on film in a dark room. I think that's when my love for photography really took off. As a senior year gift my parents bought me a digital camera. I shot hundreds of thousands of photos on it while I traveled through my college and post college years. It wasn't until the last two years did I go all in buying professional-grade equipment and started to make money from it. What inspired me? Capturing moments as a story. I hate writing but I love telling stories. For me it's easier to do that through a photo.