Jamie has never assisted other photographers.  Her work is young, fresh, and raw.  Her work as been published in publications such as: ELLE Russia, Vanity Fair Italy, Instyle Germany, Nylon, Harper's Bazaar En Español, and Oyster, to mention a few. Jamie has proven, that with talent and knowledge you can make a name for yourself in this industry. 

Exclusively Fashion Magazine: Can you tell me how your career started as a fashion photographer?

Jamie Nelson: I started photography in an art class in my senior year of high school.  After that I attended Brooks Institute of Photography for four years and moved straight to New York to start working.

EFM: How long have you been a fashion photographer?

JN: I have been shooting professionally for about 5 years now.

EFM: What is your view on fashion and photography?

JN: I love being able to create with a team of hair, makeup, stylists, art directors, and clients to create art that serves to advertise to the public, but that also represents the craftsmanship and passion of everyone that's a part of the creative process.  It is a fantasy world, one in which I'm able to create an image of what I view as beautiful.  The industry is always fresh and inspiring each season and creative’s are always pushed to come up with fresh ideas.

EFM: Do you prefer shooting on location or in the studio?

JN: I used to prefer shooting in studio, but the spontaneity of shooting outside and the changing light has intrigued me lately.  It is impossible in studio to recreate the organic warmth of natural light.

EFM: Can you describe your style as a fashion photographer?

LB: My style is usually a purposeful and perfected composition paired with romantic, feminine, and vintage aesthetic.

EFM: Would you say that there are too many fashion photographers out there; how do you stand out from others?

LB: Yes.  I think that with the emergence of sophisticated digital technology, the emphasis on having knowledge of light and technical aspects of photography has vanished quickly and everyone thinks they are a photographer.  I think the best way to stand out is to be consistent and get education and experience with your lighting and composition.  Too many people are trying to save their images by applying superfluous Photoshop tricks, which in the end is damaging to the image's information and pixels.  Higher end clients' eyes are trained to see right through this.

EFM: If I’m not mistaken you photographed the latest ‘it’ model Lindsey Wixson (Miu Miu muse); was the shoot taken before or after her big break?

LB: The shoot was done when she was right between.  There was quite a buzz about her, but she wasn't there yet.

EFM: Can you tell me a little about the shoot with Lindsey Wixson (what was the concept etc.)?

LB: The shoot was done in collaboration with Designer Minden Chan's pieces.  It was meant to be very raw and laid back with the styling, hair, and makeup.

EFM: Do you ever find yourself trying to evolve or reinvent yourself as a photographer?

LB: I feel like I'm always reinventing myself as a photographer.  I am constantly finding new inspiration and working with new people that inspire me to try new things.  However, in the end I think it is difficult to change one's eye or the way one perceives beauty and usually the audience will still be able to see who the photographer is through the image.

EFM: What advice can you give to aspiring fashion photographers?

LB: Stay true to yourself.  Dig deep and try to find your voice and what you shoot best.  You probably can't shoot in several different styles, so find out which one you shoot in best or make your own.


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Interview by Rochell “E” James


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