We asked William several questions about his career, how his education has helped him through the years, and what advice he has for current students. Spend a few minutes with IPFW Mastodon, William Baulkey.
Q: How has your degree been beneficial to your career?
A: It has given me the skills and confidence to pursue jobs within the field of photography. ...along with work focusing on graphic design.
Q: How did you become interested in photography?
A: I was always creating as a child and in high school, but I didn't know what area I fit into. Photography started out as a hobby which led to the thought, "this is really something I love doing, why not actually try to learn more about it and DO this"? It took a while, but I eventually got there.
Q: What is the best career advice you were given?
A: I've received tons of advice that has been great and inspiring. To keep challenging myself and continue learning come to mind. Also, a huge mantra that I try to live by is keep focused on what I'm doing and stop looking to what others are doing, or have done, because that can lead to you losing your focus and way.
Q: Was there anyone during your time at IPFW who acted as a mentor to you?
A: Yes. Four come to mind immediately and truly did have a bigger influence than they know. 1. Bill Nichols, my first photography teacher. He taught me about the darkroom and instilled the practice of photography, composition, and knowledge before the start of the digital revolution of photography. 2. Jim Gabbard, he continued what Bill started and gave me confidence and encouraged me to continually push myself. 3. Benita Brewer, she's a great person to talk to and she inspired me to learn more about graphic design. 4. John Motz, he is beyond an amazing professor and mentor! I learned so much about design and "working in the real world" from just one of his classes. He helped me to understand the connection between graphic design and photography. I use what he taught me on a daily basis.
Q: What course(s) have you found to be most valuable in your professional life?
A: Photography Fundamentals and Layout & Design
Q: What would be your advice to someone who is considering IPFW?
A: Give it a chance and put everything you have into it. It sounds very cliche, but it truly is, "what you put into it."
Q: What advice would you give to current IPFW students?
A: I'm not really a person to give advice, but if you're a senior going through their Senior Project in Visual Communication and Design; take a break and relax! You will get it done and it will be over sooner than you think.. ...then, years down the road, you will think about all the things you would have done differently...
Q: Do you have a favorite and/or funny story about your time at IPFW?
A: My favorite stories are really memories of meeting some really great people who I still stay in contact with and continue to see doing great things with their life both personally and professionally.
Q: What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishments, both personally and professionally?
A: Personally, I am proud to have graduated from college, many in my family have not and many thought that I would not even go. Not only did I go, but I excelled and graduated! I am also very proud to be published more and more everyday, latest being two Indianpolis publications and having one of my fashion photographs published on the Italian Vogue's website.
Q: Where do you hope to be in ten years?
A: I hope to be happy and successful in the fashion photography industry ...and out of debt. :)
Q: How would you like to be remembered?
A: I would like to be remembered as a passionate man who loves his work.
View more of William's work at www.willyumphotography.com