April 23, 2011


Today, we introduce you to the always inspiring Dirk Olsen.

THE SCOOP It’s hard to get the scoop on the nicest, most humble person there could possibly be. Dirk never wants to talk about himself. He wants to know about you, and I have to give him credit for how much I’ve learned recently about photography and modeling. He'd rather talk about his work, portrait photography, creating beautiful images of people, and how rewarding that is helping people see the beauty in themselves. Always wary of labels, he does agree the one label that can be used to describe his work is edgy, which speaks to his vision to producing work more forward than most people are used to seeing. This is one of the main reasons I’m excited to have him still here in Memphis rather than some other much more urban city shooting for this project. One more interesting piece of information about Dirk is that he worked as a model while getting into photography. Friend and fellow photographer/contributor Melissa Sweazy says this about him - “Having once been on the other side of the camera as a model, Dirk possesses an artist's gift at putting his own subjects at ease and the craftsmen's ability of elevating the beautiful to the sublime.” / You can read more about his published work here.

PHOTOS Although most people who know Dirk are familiar with his studio controlled lighting portraits, Dirk has immense talent in shooting with natural light in locations such as those shown above – Cooper-Young, Downtown Madison Ave, Midtown, and Shelby Farms.

SPECIFIC TO SEEN MEMPHIS Based on the shots taken for LuvMud shown above, you can expect to see his street photography to focus on people, catching the right moment and their emotion. You will probably find him shooting the streets of midtown and downtown.

LINKS/DETAILS Web / Email [ dcophoto at gmail dot com ] / You can say hello to him Wednesday through Saturday at Memphis Photo Supply.

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