SmartShoot Star: Justin Weiler

The SmartShoot Star is a weekly blog series that features a SmartShoot creative. Our fantastic Creative Network features some of the best photographers and filmmakers in the world and we want to make sure they get their due exposure.

Justin Weiler

Justin Weiler on a photo shoot in Laos

This week, we have an awesome rockstar SmartShoot creative. His name is Justin Weiler. He is based in London and has done over 300 jobs for us.

Let’s learn a little more about him…

Why do like working with SmartShoot?

Great people, great projects and they pay on time. No matter how you slice it, the freelance life is constant hustle.

Getting work, creating art and getting paid are always at the forefront of my mind and it’s not always possible to wear all three hats. Since joining Smartshoot, I’ve always felt like a member of the team. They hustle just as much as I do.

What are some of your major accomplishments/awards?

I’ve been nominated, shortlisted, given trophies and plaques, however the ultimate accomplishment is knowing that I get to do what I love and give back to those that need it. I get to hear incredible insights, see amazing places and craft engaging stories that raise money.

How did you get started as a filmmaker/photographer?

From the moment I picked up a camera, I started realize that it was the ultimate key to conversation. It’s like a back stage pass to life!

Doors would always open and opportunities would present themselves. I was always known as the guy with the camera, so I just kept buying bigger and better ones. No matter if it’s group of kids in Nepal, a shopkeeper on the corner or model backstage, everyone loves a good photo.

After graduating from the University of Oregon’s Documentary and Film department, I decided to pack my backs and go for it. Full time freelancer.

What do you shoot on?

DLSR’s. It’s like Canon called and asked for my dream camera… and out popped the 5dm3.

How many years have you been working with us?

Since Day 3. (2007) Got a call in Hawaii and I’ve been a huge fan ever since.

What is our favorite film? Artist? Photographer?

I don’t like picking favorites. I find inspiration everyday from artists as well as novices. I think I learn best from those who don’t know the rules and those who know them well enough to break them.