Saturday morning dance

Just a couple from a recent morning at Café Des Amis in Breaux Bridge, LA. If you ever have the chance to go out for their Saturday morning, "Zydeco Breakfast", it is truly like stepping into the past. It is one of the few places where you get a sense that things have been the same for the last 20 years. Very little other places will you see no division between sex, social status, or color in Louisiana. Just a few of my favorites from the morning.

Blessings. Jason

Leica M4-2 | 24mm Summilux | Kodak TRI-X 400

Leica M4-2 | 24mm Summilux | Kodak TRI-X 400

Leica M4-2 | 24mm Summilux | Kodak TRI-X 400

Leica M4-2 | 24mm Summilux | Kodak TRI-X 400

Leica M4-2 | 24mm Summilux | Kodak TRI-X 400

Leica M4-2 | 24mm Summilux | Kodak TRI-X 400

Europe Pre-Print Sale

I have the privilege of traveling to Italy at the beginning of next month to shoot a wedding with my good friend Riccis Valladares. I am super excited about the wedding and that I will be spending the rest of the month traveling and shooting around Europe. I can't wait for the creative break after the busy wedding season and for the re-charge to come back into the rest of the year. One of the most exciting aspects of the trip is for me to have the ability to shoot a ton of personal work. This is really the first time for me in a while where I can shoot exclusively for myself. So on to the good stuff.... I will be offering fine art prints from my trip after I return, however I am also offering a "pre-print sale" so that you can still purchase prints, just at a lower price. After I return you will have a gallery of images to choose from to print in the size that you purchase in the pre-print sale. I am also including a couple prints that I have already shot while traveling that are options to print (in the case that you would prefer one of these). You will find those options below.

All images will be printed on archival paper and will be signed. They will be delivered by August 31st. All ordering/payment must be completed by June 25th, all orders after then will be at my standard fine art printing price (double the pre-print sale price).

Pricing & sample images are below, and please email me directly through my "contact" page on my website if you would like to order prints. There is a break in the price if you decide to order 2 of the same size (this only applies if both prints are the same size).

Individual 8x10 Print - $50 | (2) 8x10 Prints - $80 Individual 11x14 Print - $100 | (2) 11x14 Prints - $150 Individual 16x20 Print - $175  | (2) 16x20 Prints - $300

Blessings. Jason

These next two are examples of what the finished prints will look like




The following images are ones that I am offering in addition to what I will offer from my trip


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2 Day Creative shoot with Southern Fete

I had the chance to do some creative shooting with some good friends last week. Basically I set up 4 assignments for us all to have for 2 full days of shooting and to end each day with several hour intensive late night critiques from what we shot during the day (our early night was 1am :). We went into the first day not knowing which assignments we would have and the one that I happened to pick out of the jar was Valerie of Southern Fete. I had an absolute blast following her around and she was so great to let me tag along with her. We went from florists, to cake vendors, to shoe stores (everyone in Lafayette I believe), and everywhere in between. It was extremely eye opening seeing the day through a wedding vendor whose day looks so different than mine. Valerie is also planning her wedding so it was interesting to see how she blends what she does as a wedding planner with the process of planning her own wedding. The approach for shooting it was 80% documentary and 20% portrait.

The whole purpose was to have a time for creative growth (as well as get some constructive criticism) without going somewhere else to attend a workshop. I don't have anything against workshops, I just think that sometimes that we put too much emphasis on "going to" a workshop when really everything you need is right in front of you. Not to say that what you would learn at a workshop were the same things that we learned, or even of the same quality, but what I was looking for did happen.

I really tried to think to myself what everyone is looking for who attends a workshop. Really what is it that I am looking for when I have a desire to go to a workshop? It is very simple. GROWTH. Growth from where we were yesterday. Growth to photograph someone who we wouldn't normally photograph, or in a way that we wouldn't normally photograph. Growth that pushes me outside of my comfort zone and makes me really think before each time I fire a frame off.

Thanks so much to Val for letting me intrude on her life for two days as well as everyone else who participated in our creative shoot ( Jamie Orillion, Ooti Billeaud, & Dan Sutton).

I hope that it is something that I can do again sometime.

Just a few of my favorites from the two days...

Blessings. Jason

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Rebecca & Quynh Dallas Engagements

I had a blast with these guys last week in the Dallas area. They we great to hang out with and I can't wait for their wedding. It was actually my first engagement session where I only shot my Leica M9 and it really freeing to have so little focus on the camera. Just a few of my favorites.

Blessings. Jason

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My good friend and assistant for the day, Keith Peeler. Not a bad job. Drink some wine. Eat some cheese. Hold a reflector :)l9999142.jpg Leica M9 | 24mm Summilux

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Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows

I had the chance to collaborate a couple weeks ago with my good friends Jamie Orillion & Daniel Kedinger of Crucé Design to photograph the Sisters of Charity in Shreveport, LA. It was an amazing two days of shooting and I was so thankful for them to open up their doors and lives to us.  They commited to working with others through education, caring for the sick, the aging, and the poor. It was an honor to be able to spend some time with them and to spend a few days in a place that was so far outside of what my normal life is like. Truly refreshing.

Blessings. Jason

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Norway Wedding...

Hilde & Harald had a beautiful wedding just north of Oslo, Norway. I shot the entire wedding with just my Leica, so I thought it would be interesting to post the entire wedding in b&w (other than the first time).

Thanks so much to Riccis Valladares for having me, and the couple and their family for being so welcoming to us. It was an amazing trip.

Blessings. Jason

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Beginning of the 10mi cross country ski to the wedding...l1004729.jpg Leica M9 | 50mm Summilux

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The bride & grooms son...l1005182.jpg Leica M9 | 50mm Summilux

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Beautiful speech (even though I didn't understand :)l1005497.jpg Leica M9 | 50mm Summilux

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Out of the office... Out of the country :)

I will be out of the country from this Wednesday to the following Thursday (3rd-11th) helping my good friend Riccis Valladares with a wedding in Norway. I am actually only bringing my Leica equipment (Nikons stay home) so it should be really exciting :)

I will try my best to update my blog with images from the trip as we are travelling, and if not I will make sure to update everything once I get back state side.

I will have no access to email/phone so I will make sure to return all messages once I am back in.

I hope that everyone has a great week!

Blessings. Jason

Day 31 - Childhood Friend

Growing up it was always a dream to have a Great Dane. I remember like it was yesterday driving on that rainy day right before my 13th birthday to pick up my dog. As a 13 year old life could not have been any better...I decided to name the dog after my favorite super hero, spiderman. I was a bit of non-conformist so I decided to name him Spyder. This past May, Spyder had to be put down at the ripe old age of 13 years due to old age (which is well over the average life span of one). Right before my dad went to have him put down I went over to shoot a couple images. It was among the hardest things that I have ever had to shoot and I cried like I seldom do. To photograph someone just hours before the time at which they will be no more.

Looking back I am reminded of the purpose that I have as a photographer. To capture life through the  good and the bad. That life is not just full of joy and laughter, but also through sorrow and tears.

Over the last 31 days I had a goal to simply shoot and share more of life. I just want to say thanks for allowing me to  take this month to share more than just my professional work. Thanks for the encouragement that I have received from so many people and I look forward to sharing more in the future.

This month has encouraged me to get more into the story that is constantly around me. I hope that this encourages  you as well, whether or not you are a photographer, to seek out to capture the stories that we have the privelidge to live in every day.

Blessings. Jason

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Day 30 - Creative Shoot

I had the opportunity to schedule a shoot while my good friend Ben Spell was in over the Christmas break. I had been wanting to do something like this for a while, and everything ended up falling into place for this one... Our real hope was just to take the time to set up things and not rush from one shot to the other... Special thanks to Keri & Tory for coming out and modeling for us. Here are just a few of my favorites. Blessings. Jason

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