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World-Renowned Photographer, Moshe Zusman, Shares His Story


Video by Neal Piper

Moshe Zusman is one of the most sought out wedding photographers in Washington DC.  His highly regarded work has earned him accolades including the WeddingWire Brides Choice Award 2009 – 2013 and his work has been featured in numerous publications, including PEOPLE Magazine as well as Fox5′s morning show with Holly Morris, and TBD’s Let’s Talk Live with Melanie Hastings and Natasha Barrett.

During Moshe’s career he has done hundreds of wedding, event, corporate, portrait and fashion shoots in the Washington, D.C., area and worldwide. Moshe is recognized for his innovative use of lighting and color with a distinctly modern edge.

After sitting down with Moshe for an interview, I can see why he is so popular with clients. He has the ability to set people at ease and makes everyone who walks through the door of his studio feel like they are the most important person in the room.

Moshe grew up in Israel and fell in love with photography after he bought his first point and shoot 1mp digital camera. This is a far stretch from the Canon EOS-1Dx, 18mp camera that he uses today. This is one of several cameras Moshe has hanging around the studio. In the beginning, Moshe took pictures of his dog and family members. Once he purchased his first digital SLR he started shooting weddings with a close friend. Fast forward a few years and Moshe moved to the States to pursue his dream in photography. For several years he worked as a second shooter to learn the trade and to build clientele. During this time he met most clients at his home or at a local coffee shop. Several years later Moshe built a 900 sq ft. studio in Washington DC.  At his studio, he  now conducts photography workshops and does fashion shoots, corporate head shots, and just about anything else that has to do with photography.

Although, Moshe is at the top of his industry he strongly believes that he needs to always be learning. He has attended WPPI over the past seven years, the biggest conference for wedding photographers in the world. Although he has been teaching at the conference for the past 2 years, he still attends classes to ensure he is learning the latest techniques from the best experts in the industry.

Moshe is also an instructor at Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts in Washington, D.C., and has been featured at several coaching and mentoring workshops and guest speaking engagements on photography.  When I asked him what the best tip he can give to photographers to become more successful he said, “It’s important to realize that you can always learn more and get better. If a photographer thinks they know everything, they should change careers, because the’ll get bored with what they are doing.”

Moshe started living the dream when his passion became his source of income. He said, “For me, that’s the ultimate goal, it’s a win win…I don’t know many people that are happy with their jobs everyday. People feel they need a break. I don’t need a break, I need the next day to arrive so I can start doing it all over.”

To learn more about Moshe Zusman visit his website at: www.moshezusman.com

Below is a video from one of Moshe’s photography workshops and a video on how he uses off camera lighting.

Perfect Light in Any Location – Workshop Moshe did for B&H Photo Video:

Lighting techniques – Video by Moshe explaining how he uses lighting during shoots

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