JON STARTED THIS WHOLE THING 8 YEARS AGO.
WHEN HIS FIRSTBORN DAUGHTER WAS 6 DAYS OLD HE FIGURED IT’D BE A GOOD IDEA TO QUIT HIS WELL PAYING JOB AND DIVE HEADFIRST INTO AN EXPERIMENT CALLED“WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING STARTING THIS BUSINESS WHILST OWNING A 6 DAY OLD KID?!!". IT SOMEHOW WORKED OUT, AND JON NOW SUPPORTS THREE KIDS, A WIFE, A DOG, AND A ROCK CLIMBING ADDICTION.
Jon also likes uno
and his piano
1) Start em easy… Favorite food, color, musician, tv show?
Potato pancakes, Taxi Yellow, 21 Pilots,
aannnndddd probably Breaking Bad.
2) There are a lot of professions out there… why photography?
I’ve always wanted to work with people, but more a direct one-on-one approach where I would get to know the ACTUAL person. How many professions look like this? Mix that desire with the artistic need to create, and here we go… perfect match
3) What does it mean to “take pictures”?
As cheesy as it sounds, my favorite thing about photography is the magic of freezing a moment in time. The memory and everything else surrounding… all captured each time the shutter is pressed down… a moment forever alive.
4) What’s your favorite thing to photograph?
My children… hands down!
5) What’s your morning routine like?
Typically get up before the family, make my coffee, read, enjoy the quiet before the world wakes up. Then get the kids ready for school, take em, head to one of my coffee spots, and work whilst people watching.
6) What was your childhood like? How did that play a part in your photography?
For the most part my childhood was just Mamma and I. She supported literally every interest I had while growing up. Sports, art, music, etc. I think if she would’ve put a box around who and how I was “supposed” to be, I would have looked nothing like my current self.
7) What are some other passions you have?
My kids. Travel. Rock climbing. Telling stories and creating visual media for non-profits in need (help the helpers).
8) What’s the best purchase under $50 you’ve ever made?
(together we’re still under the 50 bucks, so I’m going with it). "Love Does" by Bob Goff, and "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years” by Donald Miller. These two books have really helped shape my understanding of self, and find and direct my passion to things that matter to me.
9) What keeps your creativity going?
I find if I’m in a creative rut I just need to break routine and travel, hike, explore the unfamiliar, SOMETHING! Travel probably helps the most though; it has a way of opening up worldview and perspective, and gets me out of my own head.
10) What does a typical portrait session with Jon look like?
I’m a goober, so that plays a lot into things for sure. I’m genuinely interested in people, which probably influences the shoot more than anything. Any refined photographer can develop a style and then repeat the same thing for every client (which we all fall subject to at some point). But I enjoy just hanging out and goofing off for the couple hours a shoot takes. I have my style, and eye, and will direct and “teach" where needed… but I mainly just desire merging a client’s authentic personality with my photographic perspective.