I'm a 30 year old doctoral student and photographer (well, actually, I'm a regional account executive for a Fortune 100 company, but at heart I am and always will be a photographer). It pays the bills, and lets me indulge in whatever hobby I'm interested in at the moment.. it also lets me travel, which is as important to me as photography is. I'm an LSU grad, and just started law school.. Doctor of Jurisprudence, here I come! For the last 4 years, I'd been enjoying my break from having to worry about the next class/test, but now that I bought my first house, I'm ready to accomplish my next goal - living an upside down life. School, then real life, then back to school while still working... The mistakes and accomplishments I've made since graduating taught me how little I really know... I like to keep moving forward. I recently came back from a few weeks in Beijing, Thailand and Cambodia... Randomness seems to be the best way to describe me.
I've been around the world seeking the one photo that will define "me" multiple times - so far, to every continent but Austrailia, and Antarctica. I've slept on a streetcorner in Rome next the Coliseum using only newspaper to keep me warm (and fought a homeless man at 4am for the boxes I used to make a shelter... yes, there's a long story behind that)... I've had a baby octopus suck my arm 50 feet under the Aegean Sea in Greece while diving... I've stolen pieces of the Pyramids in Egypt (as far as I can tell, I wasn't cursed by a mummy for doing it), and I've tried kayaking across the Mississippi river alone, only to sink halfway across and have to swim the other half (if you want to try to visualizing what that was like, imagine your head is the only thing above water and you have the length of 5 football fields of nothing but choppy waves on either side of your face..
All of that has made me realize that life is too short to not meet new people, go to new places, and try different things... and that the one photo you chase is the one that might just be... quixotic.
I have worked with several regional and national publications, and have a fully equipped mobile studio. Throughout my undergrad years, I focused primarily on event photography - such as "Beatdown on the Bayou" (MMA), "Louisiana Legends", hosted by (former) Governors Blanco and Treen, Shell Oil, Boy Scouts of America, Rotary International, etc, but my interest is and always has been portraiture.
I've have been lucky enough to tour the World Press Photo Exhibit in the Netherlands each year from 2004-2008. I take photography seriously - and I believe that shows through my work. I am constantly trying new things in an effort to improve. I believe that a photographer's work is given shape and style by their personal vision. It's not simply technique, but the way they look at life and the world around them.
I am very interested in portfolio development. Questions, comments, and critiques are appreciated. Help me help you! I am extremely open minded when it comes to models (and let's not forget all of you massively talented and capable MUA's out there!) who have ideas for a session. If you have something unique or fun to bring to the table, I'd love to hear about it.
Thank you for reading this; and I trust that you like what you see. If so (or if not, your feedback is equally of value - so let me know) feel free to get in touch either on here or via text at 747-999-JBJB (thanks, Google Voice for the free number... I recommend looking into it - you can customize and give out "your" number without actually having to give your real info - it'll send you transcripts of voicemails left, let you text/call from "you" line, etc. Very, very useful..)
Jeremy "J.B." Spencer