I didn’t set out to be a photographer…
It just kind of happened. I suppose it’s possible that it’s what I do because my Grandfather was an avid amateur photographer and I did admire the man a great deal, or it could be that my mother was an artist… I couldn’t tell you why for sure. What I can tell you is that I really love what I do and I spend a lot of time refining, perfecting and even obsessing over my work… It is a passion.
I have spent a lot of time reflecting on things such as what is my “style” of photography. Style comes with time and is a difficult thing to force. I think more important than style is being aware of the literal nature of the image I see and striving to go beyond that in an aesthetic sense to create a captivating image.
Below you will find my “official” biography written by someone I don’t even know… and excerpts from other biographical writings by people I haven’t even heard of. And further down this page there is even my autobiography penned at an earlier date when I was a bit more full of myself. If you are interested in what I’m like as a person you may glean something from here: The Photographers Blog.
The Official 3rd person Biography:
Daniel Colegrove began his career as a professional photographer in 1980. Though best know as a wedding photojournalist he is also a headshot and entertainment industry still photographer. Daniel has photographed weddings and events in Southern California for over 25 years.
Daniel’s unique blend of style is developed from a broad range of artistic and photographic experience. Daniel is comfortable and relaxed in both the studio and shooting on location, possessing the uncanny ability to be creative even under pressure. Daniel is a strong advocate of killing your television and enjoys reading, coffee and intense conversation. He currently lives in Ventura, California with his wife Jennifer and four children and when not on shooting assignments he can most often be found at home playing with his wife and kids.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (Article Now Defunct)
Daniel Colegrove (1964), is a Ventura, California based photographer, Established in the industry with his early use of photojournalism techniques in wedding photography, striking editorial and commercial portraits, and his pioneering use of alternative lighting techniques in forensic photography. He is also notable for using his skills to promote awareness in many social issues including drug abuse, infant mortality and child welfare. He has worked in a wide range of photographic specialties including: Photojournalism, Movie Stills, Theatrical Headshots, Rhythmic Sports, Editorial, and Forensic Photography.
Daniel Colegrove was born as Daniel Logue in Whittier, California and grew up in Ojai, where he attended Nordhoff High School and later moved to Ventura, where he still lives. He became interested in photography at 16 photographing surfing, an interest which transformed almost immediately into a career, shooting professional assignments in 1980. His mother was an impressionist painter and stepfather was an aerospace engineer. Colegrove said he was destined to become a “creative scientist” shunning the term artist in conjunction with his photographic work. Colegrove graduated from the UCSB in 1984 with a degree in Psychology. The year before his graduation he began covering assignments as a photojournalist in conflict areas around the globe. Today, though best known as an entertainment industry photographer shooting movie stills and studio headshots for actors and entertainers, he photographs weddings, events and commercial editorial assignments as well.