Greg Folkins and his wife, Corin

Question:  Where have you been, and where are you now?
Greg:  I’m a self proclaimed (and proud of it) military brat.  Growing up, dad was stationed all over the world from England to Arizona.  We settled in Dover Delaware where I spent most of my school-age childhood.  After I graduated college, I too followed the military tradition as an Officer in the U.S. Coast Guard.  Five years in the CG provided an opportunity to live in Boston, Cape Cod, Virginia Beach and San Francisco.   After my military ride came to an end, I moved to Dallas Texas.  I’ve been here in Dallas ever since, about the last 10 years.

Question:  Do you have any formal education in Photography?
Greg:  I do.  I graduated with a BFA in Marketing Communications from  the University of Delaware and a Specialized Associates in Photography from The Art Institute of Philadelphia along with numerous military Editorial Photography courses though-out my military career as an editorial photographer.

Question:  How long have you been professionally photographing?
Greg:  Let’s see, started learning and using “real” professional photography techniques in Art School back in 1992.  Took those techniques straight into the Coast Guard as a Military Editorial Photography from 1995 to 2000 and been shooting as an A/E Contractor ever since.  So what’s that, 20 years.  Wow!  Where does the time go.

Question:  Why Architectural Photography?
Greg:   I really do enjoy almost all vertical industries of photography, from Fashion to Food to Still Life to Editorial.  However, I developed a passion for architecture, design build, interior design and construction early on working as an Art Director for A/E companies such as URS Corporation, PBS&J and Balfour Beatty Construction.  After spending years working side by side with Architects and Project Managers and becoming and expert at what architectural features they require to Win Work, and Win Awards, combing the experience with my photography was a natural and seamless evolution.

Question:  What type of gear do you shoot with?
Greg:  I’m a Nikon dude!  I have a Nikon D700 Full Frame body as a prime and a D300 (tank) as a back-up.  I have a laundry list of lens but my standard go-to is my 24mm prime and my 14 to 24 DX.  My light kits include Alien Bees 1600s and White Lightings.  Not the most compact lights, but I’ve found them to be the most rugged lights to travel from construction site to site.  I use a couple of Nikon SB 900s from time to time with my strobes to tuck away in those tight corners.  As far as light modifiers, I find myself using Ocotogons, Strip Lights and Grids most of the time.  I’ve just gotten use the control I have of combining a 20 degree grid with soft directional strip light.

Question:  What do do when your not photographing buildings inside and out?
Greg:  Fix toilets, mow the grass, toe nail painting with my daughter, walking the dogs and your usual “honey-do’s” from my best friend and wife.  My wife and I both serve at our local Church, Community Life Church in McKinney witch keeps us pretty busy and we host a Life Group and Bible Study at your house on Tuesdays

Question:  What is the single most important thing to you in life?
 My relationships…  My relationship with my beautiful wife, daughter, family and friends.  None of which possible without my relationship with God first.

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