Thursday, January 14, 2021

2021 - A traveling Architectural photographer's bad dream...


The Jones Family in Colorado
  Ok, that title was clickbait. It really isn't a bad dream, in fact, it's a pleasant dream compared to 2020. Let's forget that year happened and move on!

  Back to the point - as a traveling photographer, my business, and life was upended in 2020, just like 99% of the rest of the world. We all take things that happen to us personally over the same thing affecting someone else, but at the end of the day, we all have suffered adversities, but have the same chance to rise above this.

  I am a "glass half full" kind of guy. Life threw Covid 19 at me, and I saw a chance to take some much needed time off that I would never have electively taken. Once I got that out of my system, it was back to work. I am extremely blessed to have the best clients in the world. It took some brainstorming, and a complete upheaval of how things had been done in the past, but we found a way. Just the same as taking a curve ball and still getting a home run out of it. Was airports fun in 2020? NOT FOR ONE SECOND... But, let's be honest, they weren't that much fun in 2019, 2018, 2017, etc., either. Did driving to 3x as many jobs as I used to instead of flying make me any less productive? Not one bit. I am an architectural photographer, but in reality, that means 80% of my week(s) is being a weatherman, logistics coordinator / dispatcher, and fireman specializing in burning dumpsters. I problem solve 100% of the time. It's really what I do, but that doesn't look as cool on a business card as photographer, so I picked a fun niche to problem solve in. That has never changed. Solving problems since 2007. Actually "Problem Solver" might be cool on a business card, but I don't want people to think I am a mob enforcer, or the Wolf from Pulp Fiction.. I'll stick to photographer for now.

  Looking back on 2020, it was different, but not too much.We still traveled as a family, despite not having as much freedom, and being much more cautious. It made remote locations more appealing over touristy stuff. It put a new perspective on appreciation. I still had clients who believed in me enough to make things happen, and I did the same in kind. I feel we will never go back to 2019. But that's ok. I am a better person having rode 2020 out, and I look forward to 2021. It's going to be interesting, if not an adventure. I'm already booking travel gigs this year, and working on some new clients to expand my operational areas even further. 

  We may be isolating ourselves from each other, taking precautions we never imagined, and using technology to get things done in new and exciting ways, but as always, I am here, ready to work, however that looks. Let's kick 2021's backside!

Painted desert, AZ

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Monday, March 2, 2020

Contrast is King...

architectural photography
There is a great joy for me, when clients like to design with bold colors and contrasts, just as much as I like to photograph them.  Pastels from the same sleeve of a Pantone color bridge certainly have thier place, and sometimes a room of complimentary, soft and soothing earth tones are exactly what is needed. However when contrast works, it WORKS.

While I may seem biased, stay tuned for part 2 of this post, where I give love to the soothing, creamy, neutral tones I know many of you love.

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Texas interior photographer
Dallas architectural and interior photographer

Monday, February 3, 2020

The Devil is in the Details...

Getting some up close shots of design, is just as important as the whole room view. Good design is about every detail, and the sum of those for the whole.

Don't let good things go to waste using the widest lens [insert coolest camera gear mfg.'s name here] on sale last Black Friday for everything. Your design is personal, so get up close and personal with it!

My clients have enjoyed multiple ASID, AIA and NAHB awards for thier designs submitted with my photography. Let me help you get the recognition you deserve .

Jason Jones Texas Architectural and Interior Photographer

Friday, January 4, 2019

Have you ever felt like something had your name all over it?

JJ's Place in West Texas
I have a love affair with West Texas. Even in my first couple of years as a freelancer, jobs in the area past Weatherford, and not quite into New Mexico yet have always found me. It's a place I've always loved to visit, and theres a little something for everyone.

  I have driven I-20 back and forth between DFW and El Paso (in sections or wholly) literally hundreds of times. I never really thought about it, but I can't remember the last time I saw 20 Eastbound in the daylight, which explains why I have never laid eyes on this gem. Coming back from a job in the Permean Basin, I laid eyes on those two rusty steel J's from a mile away.

  For obvious reasons if you know MY name, you know why I stopped. I also happen to be a picking/antiquing/junking aficionado, so this was doubly exciting! The building has seen better days, and I'm sure this place didn't have a good reputation as a clean watering hole for thirsty families on their way to Dallas - and thats ok. It's rough around the edges, and a little more in between. Thats how I like it. I would have waded past some 3 patch bikers and outlaw truckers back in the day to sit on a stool in here when it was open, just to hear some stories and see "Texacana" in the making. Which brings me back to the point of this post....

  As I travel Texas, Ive been diligently photographing things like this and tucking the files away. I don't know what I'll do with them just yet, and honestly I had backed off the passion for doing it a little bit the last year or so because of how busy I've been with traveling to places other than Texas. I have a couple of coffee table book ideas floating around, and some fine art ideas to work on, but this was a great reminder that sometimes things have your name written all over them. Stop and look - It could be just the boost you/your spirt/passion needed.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Was it destiny? Success means different things Part 2.

Thankfully, I havent forgot to bring my
camera to a shoot since!
Getting film developed was a regular task then.
Do you think sometimes "this is what I was meant to do!"? I do. ALL the time. I struggled to find my place for many years in a different career, fighting the urge to quit because I feared the unknown. 

Fear of failure, fear of mistakes, fear of anything actually - has kept many good people from doing what they should be. Once you overcome it, so many possibilities reveal themselves, and the prior path to that point will look MUCH different when it's behind you, than it did in front of you.

Looking back, I think I was always supposed to be a photographer / producer. I certainly didn't run down that path the first chance I had, but it came back around when the time was right. So many opportunities I have had, would not look or be received the same a few years before they actually presented themselves.
My dad had this Yaschica 35mm SLR camera he bought so long ago I couldn't even tell you how old it is. He only had a couple of prime lenses for it, and it is as basic as it gets for a camera. But he traveled the world with it, and going through old photos, you can see the care he put into what he documented. He still has that camera some 45+ years later. Im actually VERY jealous of the simplicity and how it allows you to just focus (bad pun intended!) on the scene and craft. Devoid of all the modern features a $4000 DSLR has to make sure you nail the technicalities right off the bat.

Once I came along, dad didn't hang his camera up. He just drug me along. While it was always a hobby for him, he still took pride in what he did and his photos. Looking through old albums, it's like I was there, or it brought back the memories just as I remember them. I am quite certain (even if unintentional) he passed this on to me. My love for photography, as a job, hobby and craft, is certainly attributed to the childhood he gave me.

Dad in the early 70's, getting ready for
shore leave in Europe.