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Meet Jake Belcher of Jake Belcher Photography in Jamaica Plain

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jake Belcher.

Jake, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I got my start freelancing and eventually working on staff for a small metro paper covering anything from spot news to small town events and sports, lots and lots of sports. It was during these formative years that I was able to experiment with new ways to tell stories and understand the small nuances that goes into taking great story telling photographs. Through my time as a photojournalist for the paper, I was also allowed the creative freedom to make portraits and hone my on location lighting skills. These days I am a full time freelancer photographing for school and universities within the Boston area.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Since graduating from photography school I have been working as a professional photographer and making a living at it for sometime now. I feel very fortunate to be able to say that I haven’t had to fall back on anything else but photography to pay my bills.

Jake Belcher Photography – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am a one person operation that specializes in photojournalism as well as editorial style portraiture. I am most known for my photojournalistic style of documenting events. I am also known for my portraiture and quick and effective on location lighting setups. I am able to get a strong sense from the scene I am photographing about exactly what kind of story needs to be told to satisfy the client’s needs with little or no direction given and am able to adapt to any kind of situation thrown my way.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success to me is about being able to do what you are passionate about well, make a living at it and be in demand for your certain skillset.

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