The explanation is actually pretty simple: he wasn't the DP from Eyes of my Mother when we hired him! He was my friend Zach, who I met on a project a few years earlier through my friend Andrew, who I met through my friend Jon a few years before that. Zach just happens to be extremely talented and ended up shooting Eyes of my Mother a few months after we wrapped shooting our film, which was actually his first feature. We considered hiring a few other "more established" DPs, but ultimately decided going with someone we knew well and who was excited to do it, someone we already knew how to communicate with and already knew we trusted, someone who was ready to dive in right away as opposed to only giving us two weeks of prep time. So, I think I'd just recommend working a lot, making short films, crewing on other people's work, and staying in touch with the people you meet who are really good at what they do. Hope that answers your question. Thanks for reading!
Thank you! Hope you enjoy the film.