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Meet Chad Cochran

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chad Cochran. 

Hi Chad, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I am a late bloomer and didn’t own a camera until I was 40. I started as a landscape photographer and later was asked to take photos of a musician. 10 years later, I primarily do portrait work and travel between Cleveland and Nashville. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The hardest part has been making time. I have a family and full-time job, so photography continues to be something I do in my spare time or after hours. I still enjoy shooting concerts, even if that means my nights will be much shorter. 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Several years ago, I was asked to do portraits for an Americana artist and that opened the door to primarily being connected to that genre. I go to Nashville a few times a year to do portrait sessions and live music photography. I’ve had some fun things happen like taking a photo of Elizabeth Cook behind a music venue in Kent, Ohio and that photo eventually ending up on a billboard in Times Square. 

What was your favorite childhood memory?
When I was a kid, my family used to take a drive after we would have dinner on the weekends. I think this is where I started seeing the landscapes that I would later gravitate towards when I started my photography career. 

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