Today we’d like to introduce you to Jay Lamour.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Jay. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary describes photography as “the art or process of producing images by the action of radiant energy and especially light on a surface.” Although this is a correct explanation of what photography is, it doesn’t quite encapsulate what Je’ Amou Photography represents.
“Je’ Amou” translates to the words “I love”, and what we capture in a photograph is “amou” in its purest form.
No matter who you are, there is that special minute, for example when you first get out of the shower, when you just step out of the barber, or when you first put on the new clothes for the first time. Why not capture that first moment wisely?
A picture provides a lasting reminder of the feelings. Make an investment on your feelings because no moment can be duplicated but you can guarantee yourself an opportunity to see them again with a Je’ Amou photo.
My photography love started with that, love. Every image which we see expresses a level of emotion which comes back to the most basic one of camaraderie, connection, and essentially a love of oneness with our environment and being. Photography is a part of me because it is everything I decide to show people, as I share my world. The spark of my interest was created as I started on an endeavor to keep a history of myself to show my future self the evidence of my love to my community, my team, my family.
My biggest inspiration for every image I create, click, innovate, is the community. A photographer’s road can be a lonely journey with many pitfalls. Some photographers gravitate to compromising integrity. Some photographers lose their personal signature to “make it”! Then some photographers choose to value and support the life spring of photography. The community that you take pictures of should be the community that supports you.
-Esha Gupta said it well, “You need a strong family because, at the end, they will love you and support you unconditionally. My life consists of a support from the fashion community. We are a bit dysfunctional but who are we to judge.
My interest in fashion photography stems from needing a deeper understanding of my environment. The fashion of an individual determines there stature, standing, and overall well being. The need to vocalize all styles of fashion is one of my focal missions as I go through and record fashion. A good look can only be determined from your perspective. Too long has the times only provided a partial glimpse. I want a full picture.
A fashion photograph must convey a topic, a message, and always, an emotion. The clarity, composition, and details only can take you only so far. It is your signature on each image which matters and makes things great. There was a moment where I changed the path in which my photography takes.
Predominantly commissioned photographers are to deliver the product which the client requires and nothing further. This is to avoid any financial repercussion that may arise as a result. I decided that regardless of the time constraint I would add my flair to photography to the service requested.
Equipment can vary depending on the event. A skilled photographer can usually make it by using one camera, one off camera flash, and one lens. I tend to carry two cameras two flashes and you guessed it, two lenses because I like to set one camera to a particular room and the alternate to another room. Now unless there are lighting issues this is what you will most likely find me with and my handy dandy light meter. It lets me know in an instant what kind of issues I will have in a room in regards to light.
I have seen photographers complete work with broken cameras, broken lights, and even the lack of a proper location. Without ingenuity, resourcefulness, and some good old-fashioned determination. Wisdom can answer the unthinkable questions that life can set in your path.
My work comes from the heart. My service is customer based meaning, satisfaction is a factor in my photography. The thing that I wish that all prospective clients to know about myself is my photography is not only a profession which allows me to support myself but a profession which I love.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
My road to photography could be far from a smooth one. I have relationship breakups, being displaced, losing financial independence, losing loved ones, there have been even times where I believe that I have lost my sense of trust, but all in all, what can I complain about. I have seen people far worse than myself. I only wish for them to at least inspire and aspire to provide themselves the opportunity to pursue one of their dreams. Setbacks are the speed bumps on the road that make you realize that you might be getting somewhere.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Je’ Amou Photography – what should we know?
My organization consists of an ideal. Love will create your vision, your dream, and your art. I am just a tool to get you to the final destination. I am an educated photographer, I am an educated visual artist, I am an educated business management alum. I can furnish the degrees and diplomas if need be.
I specialize in creating fashion images that promote couture, creativity, and inspiration. I also specialize in the visual development of fashion personalities. When I first started, I was in Maine, I was known to take images of children, images for the Advertiser Democrat in Norway ME, I also was in the business of creating images for MMA fighters. As time went along after a divorce, I returned to Boston in 2014, I first pursued creating two television series for Boston Neighborhood Network to further expand my resume. They flopped but it introduced me to a Liberty Hotel Series, Fashionably Late. I enjoyed the challenges that shooting at the hotel presented for an experienced photographer and the environment was and is rich with encouragement.
I am known for my love of my peer photographers, my honesty and integrity as an artist, my fairness, my flair, my Bostonness, and my kindness. I am also known for advocacy work for the community,
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
My goal is to be famous behind the lens. The quality that is most important for that to succeed is perseverance. Even as I woke up to write this, I was crying. Not because I am tired, but because I understand how and why my road will be long. I have to be patient to see if my notoriety will stand the test of time and rise to stand next to my peers. I will continue because you can stop eating but it doesn’t mean you won’t desire food.
- Website: www.jeamou.com
- Email: email@example.com
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