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). In what spare time he has he enjoys sampling the creative flavors of Amy’s Ice Cream in Austin with his ten-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 adapt to fluid situations–whether unfamiliar locations, cantankerous subjects, rapidly-changing conditions, or neurotic handlers and publicists (or most often, a combination thereof)–and have earned him a reputation of being easy to work with, unpretentious, and thoroughly low-maintenance, which seems to make a lot of editors, art directors and subjects happy.