Business Member Spotlight – Zac-Cam Studio

zaccam4sixfoldWhat is you name?
Zachary Skinner


What is the name and nature of your business?
Zac-Cam-Studio is a community Rental Photography Studio for Photographers who don’t have their own permanent space, but need a pristine and flexible studio that leaves a great impression on their clients. Additionally, this Solopreneur company offers professional Art Documentation Photography, Product Photography, and promo videos to Local Artists, Designers, and Small Businesses.


When did you launch your business?
2014


Did you start in Beacon?
Yes


If yes, why did you decide to start your business here?
Like many other creatives, I started in NYC, and was forced to find a new home because of the rising costs of living. I didn’t want to lose out on living within a creative community, and Beacon has an inspiring amount of creative force. I feel passionate about meeting other artists, designers, and small business owners here, and it is not like NYC in an absolutely beautiful way. Here, most people I have met are concerned with finding a sustainable path forward together, not for personal gain, but for building a community worth living in… A diverse community, a life in touch with nature, and a respect for creativity and self determinism, not commodity and globalization.


Is there one thing about your business that you would really like folks to know?
Artists like to work with me (Zac) because I am also a practicing Contemporary Artist, an occasional Arts-Educator, married to a busy artist, and I bring all that Art-life experience to the Photo Studio for creating honest and captivating Artist’s Portfolio Images. My photography skills and trade secrets are geared towards the needs of artists, artisan-designers, and crafters. My mission is to honor the artworks, and the artist’s needs with patience and attention to details, textures, rich colors, and concept. Also, Zac-Cam-Studio is a pristine white space that an artist can use to document their artwork, or film a clean-artist interview video. It is an incredible resource that not many artists know about, but can really help them improve their virtual presence, and portfolio.


When did you become a member of BeaconArts and why?
I became a member in 2014 because I am an artist. My business practice has led me into the world of commercial photography, but my life practice is to also be an artist. It informs my professional work. I wanted to be a part of a community of like-minded people, and see the full spectrum of art-happenings in Beacon and nearby localities.


Where are you from originally?
Born in Watertown, NY.


What is your favorite book?
Walden


Do you have a favorite place, event or thing to do in Beacon?
I like to clear my mind in Madam Brett Park. When I’m in a social mood, I love Second Saturdays for the art and amazing mix of people.


How do you think Beacon is different from other Hudson Valley cities?
I am still learning so much about this area, but I can say that Beacon has a great community of Artists, designers, musicians, Social Organizers, collaborators, educators, Galleries, and is a very supportive community to live in, and to make a living in. It is close enough to easily commute to NYC, but I am always amazed at how much there is going on in Beacon for artists, photographers, and designers/artisans… I hope to humbly support the creative community in Beacon, one artist or photographer at a time, at my community photo studio.


Using your imagination, describe Beacon five years from now.
I imagine the return of The Beacon Theatre, restored and bringing back Opera to Beacon. I imagine more art and design industry jobs for young Graduates to stay in the Hudson Valley. If I could make an art-world wish for five years from now, it would be for an interdisciplinary artist residency program at the old factory ruins in Denning’s Point Park.