Welcome. This is the inaugural post to my photography blog. I am Dave Zumbek and I am the man behind the camera and business, Dave Zumbek Photography. My goals for this blog are to share my work and the events that I photograph, while also providing tips, lessons, and my general thoughts in regards to the world of photography. Stick around, read up, and subscribe!
All About Dave Z
I am a Chicago native and current Peoria resident with a passion for creativity in many forms. I attended Bradley University from 2000-2004, initially as an Engineer. I wanted to do something more creative with my life and decided to enter the Multimedia Program. During my time in the program, I studied Graphic Design, Web Design & Development, Audio & Video Production, and Photography. After taking both photojournalism and digital photography classes, I realized one of my true passions, photography.
Upon graduation from Bradley, I began a multimedia development career at a large Peoria area business. It wasn’t until 2008 that I was really able to integrate photography into my day job. I started with a few small photo shoots for print and web material I was creating, which eventually led to directing several photo shoots for larger promotions. This inspired me to become a serious photographer and led to the start of Dave Zumbek Photography.
History of DZP
Established in 2009, Dave Zumbek Photography started as a hobby and turned into business. I decided to expand upon my passion for photography by working with Peoria area bands. I was formerly a guitarist in a local area band and realized the need for high quality, professional photos of bands in action. After all, as a guitar player, I knew how much other guitarists love to see pictures of themselves in action on stage. Sometimes, shaky and blurred phone/point and shoot pics just don’t cut it…especially in the extreme lighting conditions of some concert venues. Due to my relationship with several area bands, I was able to score initial photo gigs quickly. This led me to think, what else can I do?
I was inspired and sought out other areas in which I could utilize my photography skills. Through friends, family, co-workers, and referrals, I started to get asked to do family portraits, engagement shoots, and head shots. I wondered where else I could take this new found business thing and started to expand into weddings. Somewhere along this path, my wife suggested that I should get into boudoir photography. I started to explore the boudoir and really found my niche. It took a while and working with several clients, but I finally had the experience under my belt and portfolio to back it up. I had several areas to focus in and a solid foundation upon which to build my business.
I continually enjoy working with new clients and having the opportunity to create photos different and better than what I have done in the past. I am about continuous improvement and outdoing myself whenever I can. I take personal pride in my work and strive to make it the best. I always take the time to put in the extra effort when editing and really make the photos shine. My ultimate goal is to make you happy and looking like a rockstar. I am constantly experimenting with new ways to accomplish this goal.
I am always on the lookout for new clients and open to new genres of work. If you are looking for a photographer, feel free to leave a comment below or contact me. I would love to hear from you!