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Elijah Dominique curates the type of shots you reblog over and over to pretend you're there. His camera lens has graced the faces of notable public figured living in New York today. 

Elijah Dominique

TA: What’s your current hustle?

ED: Photography! 

TA: Describe the difference between your 9-5 and your 5-grind? 

ED: Photography is both my 9-5 and 5-grinf, it's non-stop. I stopped working for other people 2 years-ago and I Have to say being a freelancer — a committed one — was the best decision I've made. It has its ups and downs, but I wake up every morning happy that I am able to do something I truly love.

TA: Who gave you the most memorable career advice? 

ED: My family, especially my Mother and Grandmother! They both really encourage me to keep doing what I'm doing.

TA: Has what you’re doing now been a life-long interest? 

ED: Photography was not always a life-long interest. I discovered my love and passion for photography during my high school career. I feel like I was destined to be doing what I'm doing now! And now that I'm here at this stage in my life — I can say that it is my life long interest. I can't see myself doing anything else that's not related to art, let alone, photography in general.

TA: Has there ever been a time you didn’t think you’d make it to this point in your career? 

ED: No, there's never been a time where I thought I wasn't going to make it to this point in my career. Honestly, I feel as though I'm still climbing towards where I want to be. I still have a lot of learning and growing to do. However, on this journey — yes, self doubt will occur and has occurred, but that's only temporary. I know I'll make it sooner or later — I just have to trust in myself, my craft and stay focused on my goals. What keeps me going is knowing, I have great people around me who support me, love me and motivate me.

TA: What advice would you give your younger self about work ethic?

ED: Communication; communication is key. Good communication, is something people take note of. You have to build relationships with people and maintain them which requires being a people person. When I was younger, in my teenage years, I was a little rowdy; but over the years I've grown a lot and I have to say, communication is one of my greatest skills. 

TA: What has been your favorite “project,” so far?  

ED: My favorite has been my most recent one in LA. I was there shooting for a sneaker company called Creative Recreation. It was my favorite for multiple reasons. First, the talents — all of the talents were great and each had an amazing energy specific to their character. They were all really talented artists, which made my job easy! Two, the location was a plus! I love LA and I can see myself living and working there. And finally (three), the amazing crew that I was working with! We had a staff of about 25-30 people working on set (the biggest set I've ever worked on). Each and every person was awesome, talented, nice and caring. I walked on set everyday at 8AM tired from the pervious day, but also happy that I was able to create something each day with really great people! We are currently in the process of post production and I can't wait to see what we produced. 

TA: Who are your 3 “must-follows” on Instagram? 

ED: Virgil Abloh, Harley Weir and SZA

TA: Closing statements...

ED: Crazy, creative and caring.

All photographs by Elijah Dominique. For more of him follow him here.