How do you pronounce your last name?
Easy! Like this.
A couple of students from Germany contacted me because they had a professor named Mischa Kuball, a conceptual artist. I asked them how he pronounced his name, and they sent me the pronunciation! Listen here. P.S. He’s no relation, at least not that I know of.
What kind of dog is that?
An Australian Cattle Dog, also known as a blue heeler. My first cattle dog, Boo, was with me from November 2007 until he died in October 2017. You can read about him here. I brought home my second cattle dog, Sam, in February 2018, when he was 8½ weeks old. He’s super cute and cuddly, and I can’t wait to take him on the road!
What kind of camera/lens do you use?
I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark IV. For everyday walking around, I love the Canon 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens. It’s lightweight, and I’ve shot some of my favorite portraits with it. For assignment work, the one I turn to most often, just because of its versatility, is the Canon 24–70 f/2.8L II. But if I have more time to changes lenses, I’ll always go with one of these primes: Canon 35mm f/1.4L II, Canon 50mm f/1.2L, or Canon 85mm f/1.2L II.
How do you edit your photos?
I import my photos into Lightroom Classic CC and almost always edit them entirely in Lightroom using VSCO Film. I often use the Kodak Portra 160 preset, but I also play around with others, and I tweak it to my liking. The preset is just the starting point.
Where did you study photography?
I’m primarily self-taught. I was in grad school for writing when I realized I wanted to be a photographer, and I couldn’t afford to go to school for a third master’s degree. So, I started by creating a syllabus for myself. I studied the history of photography and read collections of essays by people like Susan Sontag and Janet Malcolm. I read magazines like Aperture and PDN. I went to gallery shows and museum exhibitions. I bought and looked at tons of photo books. I attended industry events, like Photo LA. I participated in portfolio reviews like Photolucida. I took a couple of basic photo classes and a few workshops.
But really the best thing I did to learn photography and find my style was to take a lot of pictures. Initially, starting a blog on January 1, 2007, and setting a rule to post one picture every day was a way to hold myself accountable. It also introduced me to a community of photographers, many of whom are my closest friends today.
Do you have an agent?
Not yet! I’d love to work with an agent, especially one I can have a real partnership with, learn from, and grow with over the years. If you’re an agent and you’re adding to your roster, let’s talk!
Do you need an assistant/digitech/retoucher?
Thanks for your interest! I’m always happy to hear from folks I might want to work with!