© David Knipp Photography 2018

About David

Richard Avedon once said, “I believe in maniacs. I believe in Type As. I believe that

you’ve got to love your work so much that it is all you want to do…I believe that

work is the one thing in the world that never betrays you, that lasts. If I were going

to be a politician, if I were going to be a scientist, I would do it every day. I wouldn’t

wait for Monday. I don’t believe in weekends. If you are headed for a life that’s only

involved with making money and that your hope for satisfaction is somewhere

else, you’re headed for a lot of trouble.”

When I read that quote, I knew that was he was talking about me. I love the work I

do and I have a blast doing my job. I wouldn’t want to do anything else. I don’t

know if it comes from my upbringing or if it comes from the fear of someday

having nothing to do. Maybe it is a little of both.

I was born on May 30, 1967 in the small Wisconsin town of Manitowoc. I am the

second child of Andrew and Sheron Knipp. My father was a machinist his whole

working life and he taught me all about responsibility and discipline while my

mother taught me respect and trust.

I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1990. It was in college where I

discovered photography. I picked up the camera because I realized early on that as

a traditional artist, I wasn’t good enough to be considered “good”.

1990 was also the year that I married my wife. What can I say, she is a special

woman that I respect and adore not only for putting up with my flights of fancy,

but for realizing how difficult it is for an analytical person like herself to be patient

and accepting of my creative personality and the difficulties that go with it.

After college I worked with a local portrait photographer who introduced me to

the business of photography. After about a year, I moved to a commercial studio

where I continued to learn from a man I will always admire and respect. His

generosity and knowledge helped to mold my personality and talents. After 2

more years I found what has proven to be my “career”. I started working in the

Fashion Photography field for a midwestern department store chain helping it

become one of the fastest growing nation-wide retailers. I have traveled all over

the United States getting the opportunity to work with some of the best

Photographer, Art Director, Assistant, Hair and Makeup Artist, Stylist and Modeling

talent from around the world. I couldn’t be more fortunate to work at something

that I don’t have to call a “job”.

Creating a photograph is a very exciting journey. I want my photographs to tell

stories. I want those stories to come from moments of life. Inspiration is all

around us and there is no one right way to approach the creative process. I love

traveling for work. I cannot think of anything more exciting and challenging than

planning, packing and climbing into the car to drive across the country to the next

photographic adventure. There is always plenty of time during the trip to relax

with friends and co-workers while working on the next inspiration.

©David Knipp Photography 2018

About David

Richard Avedon once said, “I believe in maniacs. I believe in Type As. I

believe that you’ve got to love your work so much that it is all you

want to do…I believe that work is the one thing in the world that

never betrays you, that lasts. If I were going to be a politician, if I were

going to be a scientist, I would do it every day. I wouldn’t wait for

Monday. I don’t believe in weekends. If you are headed for a life that’s

only involved with making money and that your hope for satisfaction

is somewhere else, you’re headed for a lot of trouble.”

When I read that quote, I knew that was he was talking about me. I

love the work I do and I have a blast doing my job. I wouldn’t want to

do anything else. I don’t know if it comes from my upbringing or if it

comes from the fear of someday having nothing to do. Maybe it is a

little of both.

I was born on May 30, 1967 in the small Wisconsin town of Manitowoc.

I am the second child of Andrew and Sheron Knipp. My father was a

machinist his whole working life and he taught me all about

responsibility and discipline while my mother taught me respect and

trust.

I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1990. It was in college

where I discovered photography. I picked up the camera because I

realized early on that as a traditional artist, I wasn’t good enough to

be considered “good”.

1990 was also the year that I married my wife. What can I say, she is a

special woman that I respect and adore not only for putting up with

my flights of fancy, but for realizing how difficult it is for an analytical

person like herself to be patient and accepting of my creative

personality and the difficulties that go with it.

After college I worked with a local portrait photographer who

introduced me to the business of photography. After about a year, I

moved to a commercial studio where I continued to learn from a man

I will always admire and respect. His generosity and knowledge

helped to mold my personality and talents. After 2 more years I found

what has proven to be my “career”. I started working in the Fashion

Photography field for a midwestern department store chain helping it

become one of the fastest growing nation-wide retailers. I have

traveled all over the United States getting the opportunity to work

with some of the best Photographer, Art Director, Assistant, Hair and

Makeup Artist, Stylist and Modeling talent from around the world. I

couldn’t be more fortunate to work at something that I don’t have to

call a “job”.

Creating a photograph is a very exciting journey. I want my

photographs to tell stories. I want those stories to come from

moments of life. Inspiration is all around us and there is no one right

way to approach the creative process. I love traveling for work. I

cannot think of anything more exciting and challenging than planning,

packing and climbing into the car to drive across the country to the

next photographic adventure. There is always plenty of time during

the trip to relax with friends and co-workers while working on the

next inspiration.