Damion Lloyd almost always gets up before the sun. He appreciates the quiet and peacefulness of early mornings, and enjoys one perfect cup of hand-poured black coffee. He’s been known to pull the car over at random (using whatever camera is handy) when he sees good light, a discarded suitcase on the sidewalk, or a striking face in a café window. He loves spending time in the garden with his plants, herbs and vegetables. He cherishes his three dogs (Pauli, Cleo and Lola) and loves being married to his amazing wife Tanya. He’s passionate about his adopted home town of Fullerton, and is active in local politics from a citizen’s point of view and believes that real change happens at a local level. He was recently appointed Commissioner by the City to the Infrastructure and Natural Resources Advisory Committee (INRAC), and in his role there, hopes to make positive and lasting changes for the City of Fullerton.
He knew he wanted to be a photographer when he was around 9 years old. He learned to develop B&W film and prints 3 years later in 8th grade and was also on the high school yearbook as staff photographer. However, his first real job after graduating CSU Fullerton was selling cardboard boxes to large commercial farmers in the Central/San Joaquin Valley for about 18 months. Although he was good at the job, his heart just wasn’t into outside sales, so he went to work as a custom B&W and color printer in a semi-pro photo lab. It was there he really honed his photographic craft by printing others’ pictures and working with established commercial photographers soaking up every ounce of knowledge, technique, and the art of working with clients (well before YouTube or online tutorials). Four years later, he launched his own independent commercial photography career. It was a slow start in the beginning, but in 2002 the universe opened to help him land the job of head e-commerce product photographer at Wet Seal. Not too long after, he was fortunate to land as clients Guess Jeans and Oakley, allowing him to serve both Los Angeles and Orange County as a premier fashion photographer. He has grown his business, his artistry, and his passion for photography ever since.
Today, the client list is impressive. Damion’s studio work is seen in retail shops across the country and throughout the web. His personal work has been featured at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton. His fine art, travel and street photography decorate walls worldwide.
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Damion Lloyd at his Muckenthaler exhibit- Jan. 2007