“Prior to being a student, I had some knowledge about photography but taking classes helped me to [rekindle] my passion.”
Primary Assistant to Editor in Chief and Creative Director at D.C. Weekly Publication
Julian Vankin is a production assistant and senior photographer for Metro Weekly, a Washington, D.C. LGBT publication. He’s the primary assistant to the editor in chief and creative director. Julian works behind the scenes, editing photographs from other staff photographers. He also completes shoots that he’s been assigned. “Metro Weekly is an LGBT news magazine. That itself brings an impact to a certain audience by [providing] breaking news, focusing on local heroes and communities, and reporting any hate crimes. If my photography can bring a certain level of impact in the community, I’m happy and proud to be a part of it,” he says.
Julian admits to experiencing creative blocks in his career. “There was a time I didn’t want to do any photography because I was uninspired and unmotivated. My photography was losing quality because I was only doing my jobs for the money—and it showed. Over time, I reevaluated my passion and began to rebuild my portfolio. Starting fresh certainly helps.”
Finding his creative passion allowed Julian to demonstrate a high level of commitment to his current job. He says that his education provided the knowledge he needed to succeed—and proved to his employer that Julian had the dedication to obtain his four-year degree.
He adds that school helped him to understand how to work the camera, edit, archive, network, and be creative. “Prior to being a student, I had some knowledge about photography but taking classes helped me to [rekindle] my passion.”
Julian, who in 2013 earned a Bachelor of Science
in Photography from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh—Online Division, says that current students should understand that there are many types of photography—wedding, fashion, journalism, and wildlife, among others. “Don’t limit yourself to one aspect of photography. Open your mind and try many opportunities.”