Scott Goodwill 27,
Professional Photographer based out of Regina, SK.
I pull into Earls (East Regina) to sit down with commercial photography tycoon Scott Goodwill. Scott mainly focuses on business, fashion and commercial photography while currently venturing into more video work. He first attended Siast to be an electronic tech, took time to travel, coming back to work for Capital GMC , and later went on to apprentice under Kiriako Iatridis.
Photography was not your first career choice, Why photography?
“I always found myself going back to it. Any job I had leading up to it, I was always looking at photos. It was a hobby turned passion, passion into career.”
How would you describe your style of photography?
“Systematic. You have to have a base on the client’s needs and focus. It’s about catering to the person you are working with. Know your styles, and the unique lighting set up that should accompany it. Know the rules, and when to break them.”
You have traveled all over from Madrid to Vancouver, how would you rate photographing the Saskatchewan landscape in comparison?
“The thing is, there is a lot to take in from this small area. From sand dunes, Bad Lands and the deep dark forests. It’s all hidden in Saskatchewan. The skies are a major plus – you can always count on them to be awesome here.”
Many artists get a form of “writers block” or “creative block”, do you get it and what do you do to combat that?
“You have to push through. I can’t have an off day when I have clients – I need to be on – that’s what my clients deserve.”
Scott goes onto to tell me that he goes through darker and lighter times like the most of us. His work is what frees him, challenges him, and grows him through the good and bad patches in his personal and business life.
“Photography is a lifestyle choice.”
What type of cameras do you shoot with?
“I could shoot with any camera, it’s not about that – it’s about the vision. Everything in elite industries – to a certain degree don’t matter, it’s more about what you do with it.”
What is your favourite photography accessory, other than your camera?
“Easily my reflector. It’s the number one thing that someone should start with. You instantly see how it looks on someone, it evens out the lighting and can be used in both photo and video work.”
What would be your advice for someone interested in the photography industry in Saskatchewan specifically?
“From what I have seen, – Step one – acquaint yourself with people. Be open – be the first one to make the move. If you really want to do it, you’re going to go for it.”
From a foreseen technology career to photo guru Scott started developing his skills at an early stage under Kiriako Iatridis. He points out that through observation and trial ‘n error his skill and knowledge base grew dramatically.
Is there someone in the Saskatchewan Fashion, Photography or Beauty Industry who inspires your creativity?
“Laurie Brown. It’s refreshing, she doesn’t let the “what will sell?” mentality affect her vison. She’s focused on what will look good – quality – even if it is different.”
I met Scott working on a shoot in 2012. His capability to connect, and guide his subjects into brilliant photo’s is remarkable. He holds his clients comfort, and needs at the highest standard – and will not settle for anything less than excellence. His humble demeanour is refreshing, and his hunger for the success of the Saskatchewan industry – inspiring.
“I want to be known as someone – as part of the community.”
Check out the gallery below for some of Scott’s work: