I love photography… but I’ve always been motivated by storytelling.
My experience with photography really blossomed with digital equipment coming of age and a love of music.
Growing up in the 70s and 80s as a child and into the 90s as a young adult, I did own and use traditional (now “vintage”) film cameras. But I always felt a disconnect with shooting, because you could not immediately see the result, and make adjustments based on results accomplished with each successive photograph. It felt like a broken process.
Today, you can see what you are doing in real time and adjust, to get the results that you want and thus, you can realize what you can imagine.
Having said that, the visual arts have always interested me. I grew up on comic books, which was a marriage of words and illustrations. As I got older, they matured as an art form on somewhat of an equivalent timeline, and some artists and works gained mainstream respect and acceptance (and many of those writers and artists went on to perform similar roles in film and television).
I dabbled a bit in drawing and painting, but I don’t know that I had the skill to translate my ideas and visions on the visual side of things.
For my undergraduate degree, I studied literature and writing, and my Bachelor of Arts is in English. At that point in my life, I became more interested in film and television, and moved from Northern California to Los Angeles to go to film school. I went on to receive my Master of Fine Arts in screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television.
Fast forward many years, and this is when I found a true passion for still photography, in a digital age.
If you are familiar with my work in live music and concert photography, via my Rock Subculture website, you could probably go back some years and scan forward and see my progression as an artist with the camera. It is hard for me to look at some of those older portfolios… photography is an art form of livelong learning for me, and I learn new things every time I touch a camera or open Lightroom on my computer.
But I have learned a lot from concert photography, and honestly I learn new things with each show I shoot (50 – 100 shows per year).
I’ve also had an opportunity to travel the world, photographing events in England, Spain, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, Switzerland, and other interesting locales.
I have found real excitement in gratification in capturing special moments (and that’s really what photography comes down to… capturing moments). I discovered that I could “see” things with the camera that could not be seen in real time, with the naked eye, from a casual observer. Fleeting moments to close up shots to seeing “in the dark”, a modern camera and quality lenses can be a sort of super power (going back to those comic books…).
My favorite shots are the ones showing a connection… between artists on stage or, even better, between an artist and a fan.
Which brings me around to wedding and event photography. What is more special than someone’s marriage ceremony, wedding, and reception? Definitely one of the most memorable days in anyone’s life. But with special moments comes a lot of emotion and precious little time, and an inability to experience it all.
For me, the prospect of photographing someone’s most special of days is a real privilege and honor, but obviously a huge responsibility which I take with the deepest felt seriousness and dedicated professionalism.
I think I am offer a unique proposition because I do have an artistic eye when it comes to photography, I have a lot of business experience (managing a number of companies at the highest levels), and, funny enough, I am a true romantic at heart.
I’ve spent my entire life looking (and holding out for) my own special “soul mate” (I believe that there is such a thing), and I found her (Shelley) early in 2014. So I come at photography from a perspective of someone who “gets it”, and is keenly tuned into feeling and emotions, and those “connections”. Shelley (now my photography partner) and I got married ourselves on a beach in Maui in September 2015!
Photo Credit: Maui Beach Weddings & Events
I also have self awareness, and my quiet style is to try to be as invisible and respectful as possible at important events (not a distraction).
Shelley has in a short time become my peer and equal in photography. I am amazed at her gifts and abilities in having the ability to create compelling and often amazing compositions. Having “an eye” is the one thing that cannot really be taught… you either have it or you don’t. So I am so thrilled that Shelley had this mandatory ability before she ever picked up a camera.
In a short time, she has learned most of what I know, and now teaches me things about photography and editing that I never knew. So with our love and relationship and shared passion for photography, we make each other better all the time, and we love to work together, and can capture so much more as a team.
We use a ridiculous amount of the highest quality and most current photography equipment (thanks to the demanding nature of shooting concerts, which is one of the most demanding and challenging when it comes to cameras and lenses); so not only do you get us and our experience, but equipment that few others could match.
Our objective is to be approachable and reasonable, with good advice and ideas and a fun nature. We always follow “The Golden Rule”, so we imagine what we would wish for with a photographer for our own event or needs, and that is what we want to deliver, and to exceed expectations.
So if you have any photography needs, from a wedding to family photos to another event to individual portraits to anything else, including special projects, please contact us and we can discuss.
We are no pressure – we can tell you what we can do and what it will cost, and give you all the time you need to think it over and get back to us if it sounds agreeable.
We want to work with you! We love challenges! We love to travel – we will go anywhere!
Jason & Shelley DeBord
You can read a little more about me in my 2015 cover featured interview with the Monterey County Weekly and latest photo exhibit at The Press Club by visiting my sister site at Rock Subculture: LINK
You can also learn more about me via my websites related to other endeavors…