Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeff Jean.
Jeff, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I originally grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Traveling throughout the city all you see is large advertisements and visual arts everywhere. Seeing these beautiful editorials and the lifestyle campaigns inspired me to pursue the art of fashion photography. When I left the Big Apple and moved to Massachusetts I had the time and resources to invest in my passion.
I loved studying the work of Annie Leibovitz, Mario Testino and enjoyed dissecting their images in Vogue, Vanity Fair as well as Harpers Bazaar. Truth be told I never really read the articles. I only examined the images secretly wishing to someday create editorials of similar quality. Ultimately developing my own unique signature style that would attract the clients I wanted to work with.
I enrolled in a photography school. I learned basic fundamentals in regards to the history of photography, understanding light, composition, studying iconic works and what made them great images along with basic post-processing, Eventually, I was to be paired with a working photographer to get real-world experience by assisting them on the job. Spoiler Alert! It wasn’t that simple for me.
The linear experience of going through classes one lesson at a time was not enough to satisfy my eagerness to progress. I was constantly researching on the web for techniques and tutorials to further my understanding and execution. I realized I was gaining more knowledge in the areas I wanted faster than what my coursework offered. So once I completed my classes I decided to find my own mentors to study under. So I traveled to Boston, Rhode Island, New York, Washington D.C. Las Vegas, and Florida to assist and study under established fashion photographers.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Exciting yes, easy no. I’ve been shooting frequently for the last 4 years; I realize that once I developed my skills it takes a team with a variety of skillsets to create dynamic campaigns. The higher I aspired to be the more value I felt I needed to bring to the table. Easy is far from growth. Everyone focuses on the money, and booking more jobs. The real challenge is building relationships and having enough value to attract a creative team and the clients we want to serve. Having my own studio workspace gives me a place to nurture my art as well as that of my team.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Jeff Jean Photography story. Tell us more about the business.
Jeff Jean Photography is a professional studio with a concentration in fashion, editorial, advertising, and beauty. I help create images that represent my client and their brand with a high-end commercial look. My clients say my images have a very clean and magazine style feel to them. I’m most proud when my work exceeds my client’s expectations. Knowing that my clients received more than they expected feeds my soul. I’m looking to work with brands and retailers to help them reach their target audience in the best visual way possible. Boston has a growing Blogger / Influencer network and I enjoy supporting their business as well.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I’m extremely fortunate to have found a few mentors and other photographers that were on the way up and I was able to listen, watch, and learn from them. I was lucky, to not give up when the photos didn’t come out the way I planned. I was lucky, to not be lazy when I kept clicking the camera shutter until I get the shot I wanted. Ironically it’s typically that extra “shot” that gets the attention of someone that can provide me with an opportunity to showcase my work. I think everyone is LUCKY as long as they work every day for opportunities to find them. I realized that the more I work, the luckier I get.
- Address: 69 Broadway Street Westford MA 01886
- Website: www.jeffjeanphotography.com
- Phone: 978-761-2369
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Jean | @jjeanphoto