AP: Tell us some words about yourself.
JH: I’ve always been the “creative type” ever since I was little. I come from a family of artists (painters/fine art). My art background is painting and drawing with a variety of media. I won “most talented” graduating from high school and won a full scholarship to go to the Art Institute in Ft. Lauderdale where I studied fashion retail marketing. It gave me some business sense which I now use on a daily basis.
Photography came into my world as my father always took pictures of my brother and me growing up. He had such a love for photographs and I enjoy sifting through the many shots he took of us to this day. My son was born in 2003 and I wanted to capture every little move he made! So, my love for photography began and I’ve been working to perfect it ever since. I always knew I wanted to have my own business and in 2007 that wish came true after much thought and consideration.
JH: My first photographs as a kid were always with point and shoots. Even back then I liked the composition to be just right, even though I didn’t know what good composition was! My dad always said the best photographs were the ones with people in them. I guess I carried that with me all these years as my business is artful portrait photography.
AP: Do you have any formal education in your sphere or were you self-taught?
JH: I have no formal education in photography, I am self-taught. I just strive to find that “perfect” shot when photographing a child or family. And it’s not the cheesy smiles I like the best. It’s the soulful gaze or interesting look in their eyes I like the best and feel are my best works.
JH: I specialize in child portrait photography. I also love maternity shoots and newborns.
I would describe my work as art for your walls with your child or family as the inspiration. Meaning, whomever I’m taking pictures of is the inspiration.
JH: Use a Canon 30D with mainly a 50mm lens for newborns and for family beach shoots and otherwise I like my 24-105 IS lens best. Have my eye on a Canon 5d Mark II body. I edit in Photoshop CS3 manually and have a ton of Actions and textures I like to play around with in getting the right look and feel to each session I edit.
AP: Would you consider yourself as an expert in this sphere?
JH: I am by no means an “expert” in my field, but feel I hold my own and create wonderful memories and wall art for families that they will love for a lifetime. It is so nice to have people tell me how much they love their images! Lately, it’s the several military families I’ve been photographing that have those images right before their spouse is deployed overseas is especially rewarding to me to see how overcome with emotion they get in seeing them.
JH: I just keep plugging along and trying to produce the best work possible. I’m always researching better ways to produce my images and market to keep myself on the cutting edge of the industry.
AP: Is there someone who helps you in your creativity?
JH: My whole family supports me with my business/creativity. I am lucky to have a great family that believes in me and what I am doing. My family helps keep me inspired when I get into a ‘creative rut’ which happens from time to time.
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