Interview with Marcus Jason
This week, we'd like to introduce one of Boston's very best fashion photographer, Marcus Jason. We've had the pleasure of getting to know Marcus since the very beginning of our journey. Marcus has worked with some of the finest, most talented, and beautiful models from (Greater) Boston and New England. We, at VienneMilano, are very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with him. Read on, and get acquainted with Marcus in our interview.
How did your career as a photographer begin?
I've been shooting ever since I was a kid in elementary school, but it wasn't until I started networking with other creatives around Boston in 2016 that I started to take it more seriously. I've been fortunate to meet and work with some truly talented people and jumped at every opportunity I could. I'm very thankful for all who've helped me along the way.
What was the first camera you ever owned?
I would have to say my father's 1968 Yashica TL Elextro X. He bought it in Japan while stationed there with the US Marines in 1970. It's the camera he shot all our family photos on, and it's the first camera he taught me to use. My father passed in 2006, and I still use that camera to this day to shoot 35mm film.
What do you enjoy most about fashion photography?
Capturing both the design and artistry of the clothing/products, as well as the natural beauty and character of the subjects. At the end of the day, we're all human, so connecting with people has always been a huge draw for me.
How do you make your subjects feel comfortable in front of the camera?
Usually, by talking too much! I always try to diffuse any nerves and anxiety with open communication and honesty. I want my subjects to feel empowered to express themselves how they feel is best for them, and be assured that they'll end up with images they feel proud of.
What are some classic accessories that complement a photography session?
Some beautiful VienneMilano stockings, obviously! I've been fortunate to know some really talented stylists, so I will always leave that up to the experts. In general, I'd say accessories should never be a distraction from the client's main focus of the shoot; accentuate without taking center stage. The most important accessory is always inner confidence and a positive attitude.
What do you try to avoid saying at a photoshoot?
Constructive criticism is always necessary, but it's important how you give it. That goes both ways, obviously. I definitely try to avoid saying anything that would hurt the subject's self-confidence. It's important to build people up.
What's the number one piece of advice for women who are about to star in their photography session for the first time?
I often say what you get out of a shoot depends on how much you put into it. So definitely put some time and thought into a plan, but don't stress over things too much. Remember, it's supposed to be fun! Be confident and believe in yourself, and that will shine through in the final photos.
Want to hire Marcus for your next creative endeavor? Check him out on Instagram, or email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org