We had the good fortune of connecting with Dan Honore and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dan, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I grew up in a small town call ScotlandVille in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. My grandmother used to have her own business when I was young, selling candy out of her home. Back in the south, selling candy out of your home was an old-school hustle the grandmothers used to do, and it used to be safe to do something like this, but I wouldn’t dare do it now, of course. I watched her take something as simple as making candy, to selling candy, and to renting arcade machines to support her self, and keeping this business running for over 20 years until she retired.
This was actually my first job ever. My grandmother taught me how to count money, how to manage a cash box, check inventory, managing arcade machines, how to talk to people, good vs bad customer service, and the importance of responsibility. As I think back, she was preparing me to be a business owner. My grandmother was also pretty creative, and use to make flowers for weddings in the neighborhood as well with her sisters. She would let me tag along with her to the hobby shops to help her pick out the flowers. I catch flashbacks whenever I walk through the flower section in hobby shops. She was one of the most important women in my life, and I thank her for this because in doing so she prepared me for the job that I currently have as a payroll specialist and also running a photography business as a side hustle. Without her taking time to teach me these small but important lessons, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think what sets any photographer apart from the other is their imagination. I learned early that they did not stop making cameras when they made mine, However, my imagination is a one of one. I would say what I’m most proud or excited about is the potential to work with a new family. When a client chooses me, I’m truly honored and proud that they thought my ideas and my creativity would help tell their story. I leveraged the experience at my day job as a payroll specialist by having a high-level view of how companies run their businesses, how to network successfully, the process of implementing new projects, and creating processes to help with pre- and post-work. The heavy lifting is really in capturing the image, and I say capture because timing is everything. One of the most important life lessons that I’ve learned with Photography is creating images for your client is a privilege that’s earned, not given. This image could be the image that someone sees to help them get a job, an important milestone in their life, something that they’ll look back years later in a yearbook or photo album, Or even the image that they’re great grand children sees of their wedding day. That’s a pretty dope responsibility to have, and I’m blessed when my clients choose me to handle that responsibility.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
One of my favorite areas to shoot is Downtown Denver, and if I had a friend coming into town, this is where I would take them. Visually there’s so much going on downtown with the wall art in RINO, the beautiful and always photogenic Union Station, or walking down 16th Street Mall during the seasons.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to shout out my grandmother Dellena aka MoMo for teaching this young black kid from the south how to think inside and outside the box. I love and miss you MoMo!