Austin, Texas-based photographer Darren Carroll spends a lot of time traveling around the country shooting portrait, music, lifestyle, and action assignments for editorial and advertising clients. His award-winning images have appeared in magazines ranging from Sports Illustrated to Smithsonian, Golf Digest to Garden & Gun, and dozens of others, as well as in advertising campaigns, album covers, and corporate publications.
Born and raised in New York, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in government from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. In 1994, he moved to Texas to pursue a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, with every intention of heading back east within two years. Twenty years later, he’s still in Austin -- well, just outside of it, actually, in a little town called Cedar Creek, where he lives with his wife, Jessica, and their golden retriever, Shea . In what spare time he has he enjoys sampling the creative flavors of Amy’s Ice Cream in Austin with his eleven-year-old son, Jake, distance running to burn off the consequences, and attempting to teach himself how to play a dobro, without much success.
Although just as comfortable shooting in a studio, most of his commissions draw on his expertise in working on location with a small crew, the end (and desired) result being that his shoots bring a minimal amount of fuss and and intrusiveness into his subjects’ schedules and environments. Lessons learned from years of experience with the ever-changing, unpredictable nature of photographing athletes, celebrities and high-profile business figures have given him an ability to work comfortably in fluid situations and with unfamiliar locations, cantankerous subjects, rapidly-changing conditions, or neurotic handlers and publicists (or most often, a combination thereof). Consequently he's earned a reputation for being unflappable and thoroughly adaptable, and for being easy to work with, unpretentious, and completely low-maintenance, which seems to make a lot of editors, art directors and subjects happy.