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Jared Howerton is not only a personal friend of mine, but I can attest to the love of his work. I’m going to let him tell you his photography journey:
I first got hooked on photography when I was like 14-15ish. I went to see U2 on there Popmart Tour at the Superdome. We were within the first 5 rows and I snuck in a disposable camera (I will pause while you now laugh at the thought of that).
Mid-way through the concert I decided it was go time, even though I was already informed by my father if I get caught and kicked out he was not leaving and I would have to wait at the car for him.
Bono was coming to our side of the stage and I pulled out camera and started snapping pictures. As the flash went off and my little thumb wound as fast as possible to get off as many shots as I could before security came – something else happened. With a few of the flashes, Bono reacted to them in a manner of someone getting shot and posing, then went on with song and show like nothing else happened. I was hooked!
People around us were in awe of what just happened and making comments to me about it. A kid with a disposable camera just got a reaction from one of the biggest music stars on the plant. If I could get that out of him what else could I capture? What reactions could I get? Moments remembered?
And that’s what I did with my disposable cameras through high school, the Marines, and into college. Wasn’t till college I got a decent film camera, then a digital camera for my photography classes, and started with more posed pictures of people. While in college, I tried my hand a fashion style photography because thought it would challenge me to learn more about controlling light. Again a flash sparked my imagination again and my dive into fashion and boudoir was born.
To this day I will still sometimes carry disposable cameras with me places or when going out. But now, when that flash goes off or people hear the winding behind my thumb, they laugh and are surprised they still make those things. Then smile and pose for a picture.
1. What products and services do you offer?
I mainly offer boudoir and fashion style packages. But have also done and can do head shots, family pictures, baby pictures, and concert photography.
2. How long have you been in business?
About 8 years since I went to college for photography in Minnesota.
3. How do people find you online?
Website is www.jaredhowerton.com and Instagram @jared_howerton_photography
4. What is lesser known about your business that you wish more people knew?
Boudoir pictures don’t just have to be before your wedding or for a significant other. If you just want to look and feel beautiful while having it captured just for you that is okay! And I prefer to collaborate with the model on ideas so the session is unique to them and their comfort level.
5. Lagniappe Info.
I just have a need to create things and I jump between different mediums in my spare time. Photographing anything I find visually interesting, not having to do with people. I am do painting, screen printing, linocuts, and woodworking – to name a few. But currently been doing more woodworking than other artistic mediums. I like to try different mediums to learn them and see if I can create something worthy in it. Plus I use a lot of my photography as inspiration for other mediums or transfer it directly or with some modifications to other medium.
Contact Jared directly at email@example.com
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