We are pleased to introduce one of our Chamber members, Robert Lowdon of Robert Lowdon Photography
What does your company do?
Our company (Robert Lowdon Photography) provides top-level commercial
photography services for companies both large and small. This includes
advertising, major events, products, commercial interiors, corporate and more.
So basically, everything a business would need to showcase itself visually.
I also have a strong art side of the business and provide fine art
photographs on a retail level. My artwork is sold through venues such as the Winnipeg
Art Gallery, among others.
What company or business person most inspires you?
I really don't think I can limit this to one person or business. So here
is a short list, and I apologize if I miss anyone.
Brian Bowman because he really wants our community to be the best in
world, and he'll do it. Jodi Moskal because she is awesome, and never afraid to
Red River College because they are producing some of the most talented
people you could ever hire. Startup
Winnipeg because they are creating so many great new entrepreneurs and
Winnipeg BIZ because they have accomplished so much for Winnipeg and continue
to do more. The
Winnipeg Art Gallery because they make me proud to live here, and how about everybody involved in The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce
because they challenge this city to be a better place for everyone.
How did you get the idea for your business or why did you choose to
go into this business?
Well, that is a bit tricky. I didn't really follow the traditional
approach to starting a business. One day, I just decided I wanted to live my
life on my own terms. I had always loved photography and to some degree I am
naturally talented at it … minus all the hard work, of course. So in 2010, I
decided to switch to Red River College and enrolled in their Professional
Photography program. After graduating in 2011, I decided that since I now have
this training and qualifications, I might as well start a business.
Basically for the past five years, I've just been adding goals I would
like to achieve in my professional life, and checking them off one-by-one … surprisingly,
a lot faster than I ever thought would be possible.
What is innovative about your business?
The work we are able to provide to our clients. I tend to pride myself
on creating imagery vastly different from what everyone else is doing. I'm not
content with just simply taking photographs. Every time I want it to be the
best work I've ever done.
How we have really embraced technology. All of our client files are
delivered digitally to multiple points throughout North America. Our client's
images are stored digitally using Cloud software and can be accessed at
anytime. Artwork (prints) generally can be produced and delivered to any point
in North America in less than 24 hours. All of our paperwork is electronic -
contracts, invoicing, everything. I've created this business that produces
almost no waste whatsoever and that is really important to me. Ironically, the
only thing we print is artwork.
To the future, I've been working on a few things that I think might
really shake things up. Having the frame of mind to constantly exceed our
client's expectations, and even our own is what moves me forward.
What’s the most difficult part of your job?
My schedule is probably the hardest part. Some nights, I might be photographing
an event until one in the morning. Then I'm up at 4 a.m. to photograph sunrise
shots, plus a bunch of other shoots during the day. So, it's a sleep-when-you-can
type of scenario right now.
What is the most important issue facing business today?
I think how fast everything is moving is really impacting a lot of
businesses right now. Change happens so quickly and if you're not out in front,
you're getting left behind.
Why did you join The Chamber?
I joined The Chamber because I really wanted to take the time to learn
from other business professionals. I'm still pretty young, so I try to take
lessons from every experience I have. Of course, the added sales and exposure
we get from The Chamber are also a plus.
When: Friday, April 3, 5-9 p.m.
Where: 245 McDermot Ave. - 4th Floor Classroom
Robert is hosting an art show, a series of photographs documenting how humans interact with our ever changing landscape and the cyclical relationship of our environment and the conflicts that lie within that marriage. Please join him.
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