Saturday, December 31, 2011

Lightroom Presets= receive a free set of Lightroom Presets when you book a workshop with Jason Lanier!


New Years Eve Special! Book a workshop with me and receive a FREE set of my Lightroom Presets, the same ones that I use to edit all of my photos! This special applies to anyone who books a workshop or is currently registered for a 2012 workshop. The special ends on January 10th so don't delay!!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Creating Motion Blur in Wedding Images


Creating motion blur in wedding images- this shot was taken at my wedding for David and Elaine last month down in La Jolla, California. The key to creating a shot like this is to use a neutral density filter and a tripod which enables you to slow down your shutter and shoot on a tripod during the middle of a very sunny day like this one. You have to get the bride and groom to hold still which they did a great job of on this shot. The goal in this image was to get the water to appear as if it's continually moving, which makes it fun because the rocks and wedding couple are completely still. This is a trick that landscape photographers use, and since I am a landscape photographer I know how to do it! Camera settings: Nikon D3, 1/4 sec at f/22, 16mm at ISO 100, flash did not fire. Taken at 1:01pm on November 26, 2011 by Jason Lanier.

Friday, December 2, 2011

New Orleans Louisiana Workshop with Jason Lanier!


Come join us on February 28th and 29th 2012 for an amazing 2-days in New Orleans, Louisiana for a workshop with Jason Lanier that will make you not only change you as a photographer but also as a person. Tuition includes 2-days of training that encompass a full day of shooting and editing.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK NOW!!

Jason Lanier is a world traveled award winning photographer who specializes in weddings and landscape photography. He brings a unique blend of both of these worlds to take you to the next level as a photographer. Just in 2011 alone, Jason Lanier shot in Africa, Ireland, Mexico, the Caribbean, Alaska, and all over the United States, had his July wedding for Christina and Ransen featured by Disney Weddings, and won numerous Accolades of Excellence from WPPI, the largest print competition in the world.

Tuition is only $485 for both days and is the BEST money you can invest on your photography education. Jason's workshops are very hands on, and class size is limited to 20 participants so you get the attention you need to improve. Jason believes very strongly in breaking the mold of the traditional workshop which means:

  • Shoots- You are going to shoot in real locations...not just around a hotel like some other workshops
  • Selling stuff- Jason will not spend an hour trying to sell you on buying more of his stuff. All Jason has to offer is available to view on his website. Your time with him is precious and paid for, so he won't waste it trying to make more money off of you.
  • Editing- Jason will give you the tools you need for success. He isn't afraid to share his "secrets" as he believes that if the entire industry improves we will all benefit. Nothing is out of bounds.

Attendees will need to being a laptop with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop (trial versions ok) prior to coming to the workshop. Final location details will be provided to all attendees 14-days prior to the workshop. For any questions please visit our website at www.jasonlanier.com and click on "Workshops". For any questions please contact us at WORKSHOPS@JLPROS.COM today!

Las Vegas, Nevada Photography Workshop by Jason Lanier



Come join us on February 23rd and 24th 2012 for an amazing 2-days in Las Vegas, Nevada for a workshop with Jason Lanier that will make you not only change you as a photographer but also as a person. Tuition includes 2-days of training that encompass a full day of shooting and editing.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK NOW!!

Jason Lanier is a world traveled award winning photographer who specializes in weddings and landscape photography. He brings a unique blend of both of these worlds to take you to the next level as a photographer. Just in 2011 alone, Jason Lanier shot in Africa, Ireland, Mexico, the Caribbean, Alaska, and all over the United States, had his July wedding for Christina and Ransen featured by Disney Weddings, and won numerous Accolades of Excellence from WPPI, the largest print competition in the world.

Tuition is only $485 for both days and is the BEST money you can invest on your photography education. Jason's workshops are very hands on, and class size is limited to 20 participants so you get the attention you need to improve. Jason believes very strongly in breaking the mold of the traditional workshop which means:

  • Shoots- You are going to shoot in real locations...not just around a hotel like some other workshops
  • Selling stuff- Jason will not spend an hour trying to sell you on buying more of his stuff. All Jason has to offer is available to view on his website. Your time with him is precious and paid for, so he won't waste it trying to make more money off of you.
  • Editing- Jason will give you the tools you need for success. He isn't afraid to share his "secrets" as he believes that if the entire industry improves we will all benefit. Nothing is out of bounds.

Attendees will need to being a laptop with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop (trial versions ok) prior to coming to the workshop. Final location details will be provided to all attendees 14-days prior to the workshop. For any questions please visit our website at www.jasonlanier.com and click on "Workshops". For any questions please contact us at WORKSHOPS@JLPROS.COM today!

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP


Come join us on January 24th and 25th 2012 for an amazing 2-days in Los Angeles, California for a workshop with Jason Lanier that will make you not only change you as a photographer but also as a person. Tuition includes 2-days of training that encompass a full day of shooting and editing.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK NOW!!

Jason Lanier is a world traveled award winning photographer who specializes in weddings and landscape photography. He brings a unique blend of both of these worlds to take you to the next level as a photographer. Just in 2011 alone, Jason Lanier shot in Africa, Ireland, Mexico, the Caribbean, Alaska, and all over the United States, had his July wedding for Christina and Ransen featured by Disney Weddings, and won numerous Accolades of Excellence from WPPI, the largest print competition in the world.

Tuition is only $485 for both days and is the BEST money you can invest on your photography education. Jason's workshops are very hands on, and class size is limited to 20 participants so you get the attention you need to improve. Jason believes very strongly in breaking the mold of the traditional workshop which means:

  • Shoots- You are going to shoot in real locations...not just around a hotel like some other workshops
  • Selling stuff- Jason will not spend an hour trying to sell you on buying more of his stuff. All Jason has to offer is available to view on his website. Your time with him is precious and paid for, so he won't waste it trying to make more money off of you.
  • Editing- Jason will give you the tools you need for success. He isn't afraid to share his "secrets" as he believes that if the entire industry improves we will all benefit. Nothing is out of bounds.

Attendees will need to being a laptop with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop (trial versions ok) prior to coming to the workshop. Final location details will be provided to all attendees 14-days prior to the workshop. For any questions please visit our website at www.jasonlanier.com and click on "Workshops". For any questions please contact us at WORKSHOPS@JLPROS.COM today!

Phoenix, Arizona Photography Workshop by Jason Lanier


Come join us on January 17th and 18th 2012 for an amazing 2-days in Phoenix, Arizona for a workshop with Jason Lanier that will make you not only change you as a photographer but also as a person. Tuition includes 2-days of training that encompass a full day of shooting and editing.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK NOW!!

Jason Lanier is a world traveled award winning photographer who specializes in weddings and landscape photography. He brings a unique blend of both of these worlds to take you to the next level as a photographer. Just in 2011 alone, Jason Lanier shot in Africa, Ireland, Mexico, the Caribbean, Alaska, and all over the United States, had his July wedding for Christina and Ransen featured by Disney Weddings, and won numerous Accolades of Excellence from WPPI, the largest print competition in the world.

Tuition is only $485 for both days and is the BEST money you can invest on your photography education. Jason's workshops are very hands on, and class size is limited to 20 participants so you get the attention you need to improve. Jason believes very strongly in breaking the mold of the traditional workshop which means:

  • Shoots- You are going to shoot in real locations...not just around a hotel like some other workshops
  • Selling stuff- Jason will not spend an hour trying to sell you on buying more of his stuff. All Jason has to offer is available to view on his website. Your time with him is precious and paid for, so he won't waste it trying to make more money off of you.
  • Editing- Jason will give you the tools you need for success. He isn't afraid to share his "secrets" as he believes that if the entire industry improves we will all benefit. Nothing is out of bounds.

Attendees will need to being a laptop with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop (trial versions ok) prior to coming to the workshop. Final location details will be provided to all attendees 14-days prior to the workshop. For any questions please visit our website at www.jasonlanier.com and click on "Workshops". For any questions please contact us at WORKSHOPS@JLPROS.COM today!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Shooting (Photographing) a Jewish Horah Wedding by Jason Lanier

Shooting a Jewish Horah is the one of the funnest things to shoot for a wedding photographer. Why? Because they are fun, loud, and always unpredictable. I have shot Horah's where people fell off of chairs (none were hurt), people were launched clear off the chairs, and just in general it's a heck of a way to kick off a new marriage.

First the bride and groom are lifted onto the chairs followed by the parents of the bride. The bride and groom hold a cloth in between them and hold on for dear life. As a photographer the best and only way to truly capture the essence of this moment is by getting into the action. It can be a little intimidating at first because there are a ton of people and you can't really even know where you will end up because you are too busy taking the pictures. But once you get the rhythm down, and you just decide to have fun with it, it can be a very rewarding experience.

In order to maximize the picture opportunity for your clients you need to make sure to set proper lighting, and you will need to make sure to use either a video light, an external flash, or both to get the best shots. You also need to make sure to keep your shutter speed fast enough because there is a lot of movement going on! For these shots below which were all shot on manual mode, the settings were: Nikon D700, 1/100 sec at f/4.0, 16mm at ISO 3200, flash fired.










Saturday, November 5, 2011

Trash the Dress Composite Shot


Trash the Dress, watch it all happen in 1 photograph- this image was taken last week during my bridal trash the dress session with Randi, my bride from my Catalina wedding in August of this year. For this image I set my tripod up in a spot where I knew I could capture the full spectrum of everything happening within the frame. I then had Randi go from start to finish, getting her dress caught, and then we would cut with scissors. Each shot of her is a different picture, which were all stitched together in photoshop.

In photography it's so difficult to show a progression of something like a trash the dress session in only 1 picture. So, if you want to try and accomplish something like this, you pretty much have to do what I've done here. This is a lengthy process in shooting and editing, but the results are REALLY FUN! Camera settings: Nikon D700, 1/80 sec at f/4.0, 16mm at ISO 200, flash did not fire. Shot at 5:47pm on October 27, 2011 by Jason Lanier.

Should Photographers Add Fake Skies to their Pictures?


To Add or not to Add, that is the question. Since photographers learned how to add skies and other elements to their images, this is a question that has stayed in the industry since Photoshop taught us how to do it. Personally I don't like adding other elements to my imagery, I want them to be real. That being said, many times I find myself going to a location one time, and if the weather doesn't cooperate, I walk away with no shots to use.

FOR THE RECORD: If I were to ever use a "fake sky" I would certainly state that the image is a composite. I NEVER misrepresent my work..:)

I pride myself on my work and the skies that are present in my images and like any other self respecting landscape photographer I will wait many times/days/weeks for that perfect shot. This image was taken during my workshop in West Virginia at Blackwater Falls. It's a situation where I only had 1 hour to get the shot and then we moved to another location. So either I use a sky from another shot, or I really don't have a shot to share. Thoughts?

Friday, November 4, 2011

Photoshop Tip- How to Add Rain to your image


Today is the first of many Friday Fotoshop Fun Facts that I am going to start posting weekly. Check back on the blog to see these updates, and don't forget to follow my Facebook Fan Page as well as Twitter: @jlanierphoto.

For today's topic I wanted to show a very simple technique for adding a "rain" look to your image. This is all done in Photoshop CS4. The idea is to take a simple picture that doesn't have any rain and make it look like it does. The image below is a shot I took in Morgantown, West Virginia in October of 2011. Here's how to do it!


1. Open your image in Photoshop...


2. Create a duplicate layer by pressing Command J (Macs) Control J (PC)


3. Click on "Filter", "Render", and then choose, "Fibers"


4. The selection screen for Fibers will pop up. I chose to use 16 as my Variance and 4 as my Strength. Play around with it and choose what works best for your look!


5. This is what your screen will look like, don't panic, it's supposed to look like this...

6. Click on the layer mask button on the bottom of your layers palette as shown in red. This will create a mask for you to wipe away the rain and bring in the background image.


7. Click on "B" to select your brush tool as shown in red.


8. The brush toolbar will then show at the top of your screen. Select a large sized brush as I did here, "900 or higher" so you can wipe away big chunks of the fibers (fake rain). Select an Opacity of about 88% (so it wipes away a lot but still leaves some to be seen). Don't worry about the Flow...


9. Start wiping away the fake rain! This is what it looked like when I wiped away half of the screen.


10. This is what it looked like after I had wiped away all the fake rain at 88% Opacity. So in essence it left 12% of the rain in the image.


11. I then chose to turn my Opacity to 100% and wipe the fibers "fake rain" away completely in select areas of the image. In this image I wiped it all away in the grass areas.

And this is what it looked like when it was done! There are certainly a million ways to do a million things like "fake rain" in an image, but I choose to do tutorials on the most streamlined and already built into Photoshop way to do it. I hope this helps! Please let me know what topics in Photoshop you'd like me to address for topics on upcoming weeks. Thanks and stay tuned!

Jason Lanier Photography on Twitter

Hey everyone! After starting a great Fan Page on Facebook I am finally getting around to launching our Twitter Page! So if you'd like hints, tips, and more updates from Jason Lanier Photography, Twitter is the place to go! Just go to @jlanierphoto and check out what we're doing!

http://twitter.com/#/jlanierphoto

Bridezillas


Creativity- Don't ever be afraid to become a kid again when you are shooting. I think it's so funny that adults pretend that say they aren't creative. Creativity is a grown up word for "playing make believe." If more people stopped worrying about what other people thought about what they did, and just channeled their inner 5-year old and started "make believing" they would make amazing imagery. SO GO BE A 5-YEAR OLD AGAIN!!!!

Bridezillas- this image was taken during my workshop in West Virginia last month. We found this abandoned little house that was nestled in between overgrown weeds and a corn field. It was the kind of thing that's almost impossible to find in California which is one reason why I love shooting in areas like West Virginia. We had two models a house, and an idea….they were both in love with the same man and he was inside the house, all they had to do was fight and to the victor would go the spoils. Both girls took turns being the aggressor and I have a ton of great shots from this shoot. Camera settings: Nikon D700, 1/500 sec at f/5.6, 19mm at ISO 100. Shot at 3:23pm on October 11, 2011 by Jason Lanier.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Long Exposure Photography- getting the right look!


Long Exposure Photography- this is an image taken earlier this year in Maui, Hawaii near the lava rocks by Waimea/Kihei area. The trick to long exposure photography is to set it up on a tripod, frame the shot the right way, keep your ISO low (that sounds crazy with low light, but if there is enough available light, you want LOW ISO because it gives you much more ability to work with in post production. With the long exposure time it will add a movement type look to the image like you see here with the water. If you haven't tried long exposure photography, give it a try today! Camera settings: Nikon D700, 30 sec at f/4.0, 16mm at ISO 100, flash did not fire. Shot at 7:33pm in Maui, Hawaii by Jason Lanier on August 31, 2011.

Basking in the Hawaiian Sun- this image was taken while I was in Maui back in August of this year. We were shooting some tutorial videos and we had this amazing back drop, beautiful woman, and the golden sun. This was shot with natural light. If you shoot at the right time it will look like you are applying special effects because it just looks so good. If possible, shoot during the "magic hours" of 2 hours before and after sunset and sunrise...this was taken about 20 minutes before sunset. Hope you like it! Camera settings: Nikon D700, 1/400 sec at f/5.6, 16mm at ISO 100, flash did not fire. Shot at 6:12pm on August 30, 2011 in Maui, Hawaii by Jason Lanier.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Bridal Portraits West Virginia


Almost Heaven, West Virginia- this image was taken during my 1 on 1 with Stephanie Stiles back in August of this year in Morgantown, West Virginia. This was such a fun shoot, and I just loved the rolling green hills, it is just beautiful out there. I also want photographers to know that you don't have to or shouldn't always put your subjects in the middle of the frame...it's boring if it's on all your shots...so make it more dynamic and change things up a little! Camera settings: Nikon D700, 1/320 sec at f/9.0, 16mm at ISO 100, flash did not fire. Shot at 5:26pm on August 20, 2011 by Jason Lanier.

Monday, June 20, 2011

2-day Photography Workshop in Pensacola, Florida


2-day Workshop this week on June 23rd and June 24th! Come join us for two exciting days this Thursday and Friday in Pensacola, both sessions running from 8am to 3pm. Attend 1 session for $250, or both sessions for only $450! Attendees of previous workshops can attend for $200 for 1 session or $400 for BOTH!


Register today! INFO@JLPROS.COM


Thursday is a full shooting session as the group scouts, shoots, and has a tremendous time making MAGIC happen!


Friday is a full classroom session as we review our shots from the shooting session, and I show you the nuts and bolts of developing your images for success. We also cover business techniques, tricks of the trade, and tips for success.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Interview with Jason Lanier Part #3 of 3

Recently I was asked by a University in Europe to answer some questions for a class project they were doing on photographers for an article they are writing. I have split the questions into 3 sections and will be displaying them on the blog and Facebook in the hopes that these answers can help anyone else who might have questions...hope you enjoy!!!


Part 3 of 3

11. Who or what has been your greatest inspiration in your life? Explain.

My parents. My Mom is very musically inclined and is an unbelievable composer and pianist and she taught me to play/compose music as well. I can't edit images without music playing, it's part of my creative process. My Father was a photography enthusiast which is where I first learned what a Nikon camera could do at the age of 5, and since then I've been hooked. My Dad was also the best Father in the world who has now passed on. While I know he would always say he's proud of me (because he's the kind of guy who always made their kids feel great), I don't feel like I will live up to who he was. So I'm inspired to try and be like him. When I die if people know me as a famous photographer that would be neat. But I'd much rather prefer they know me as a decent and good Father and Husband. No success in this life can compensate for failure in the home. Believe me when I say that there is nothing I wouldn't do for my family. If photography ever got in the way of being a good Father or Husband, I would give it up.

12. What do you do to keep yourself motivated and interested in your work?

I keep myself motivated by trying whatever sounds fun. I don't place any limits (other than moral/ethical stuff) on myself. I figure if I want to shoot it, no matter the genre I will shoot it. That's what's so funny about my website/Facebook page, etc. One day you will see an engagement photo, the next day an elephant. When you are open to doing anything, you very rarely ever find yourself painted into a corner that can lead to boredom and shut down your creativity.

13. If you could interview a creative person (past or present), who would that person be? Please explain your choice.

You may be expecting me to say someone famous. But if I could interview anyone tomorrow for example, it would be my Dad. I would ask him his life story, and record every second of it. For those who still have your loved ones around, take the opportunity to get to know their life story before they are gone. Believe me, I had a great relationship with my Dad before he died and was there when he passed away, so I don't have any regrets and I know I will see him when I die. But if I could interview someone from the past or present, it would be my Dad without hesitation. He is my hero and along with my Mom and family is the creative force and influence for who I am today.

14. How many foreign languages do you speak? What are these languages?

I speak 3 languages, English, Spanish, and Korean.

15. How did you acquire your language skills? Did you awaken your creativity to study foreign languages? Please share your secrets and tools!

I learned English from my parents, especially my Mom and Grandma who were English majors. I learned Spanish through my Dad who went on a 2-year mission to Chile and upon coming home spent the next 25 + years teaching Spanish and in fact had my wife Kara in his Spanish class in high school. I learned Korean while serving for two years as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Pusan Mission from the ages of 19-21 years old. It was the absolute best experience of my life. It's also what influenced me to adopt our three boys (triplets) that we have now. While on my mission we would visit the orphanages twice/week. I made a promise to God that if I ever had the means and opportunity I would adopt children into my home. A little over 7 years ago my wife and I were able to do that. It was the absolute best thing I have done on this earth. Raising those boys is my (our) mission now.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Interview with Jason Lanier Part #2 of 3

Recently I was asked by a University in Europe to answer some questions for a class project they were doing on photographers for an article they are writing. I have split the questions into 3 sections and will be displaying them on the blog and Facebook in the hopes that these answers can help anyone else who might have questions...hope you enjoy!!!


Part 2 of 3

6. Do the opinions of other people influence or change what you create?

NO. When I first started other people's opinions affected me greatly as I was so eager to please as many artists are...after all we do want people to like our stuff right? About 1 year into my photography journey I grew tired of hearing everybody's advice so I gently told friends and family to keep their opinions to themselves. I don't shoot for anyone else other than me. My pictures are exactly the way I want them to look like. I don't cater my imagery for another person's taste or desire because then it wouldn't be my imagery, it would be theirs! When I do have a project and I'm working with an art director for example I will of course collaborate on the theme, concepts, etc. But that shoot will still have my look on it. Once artists stop seeking the approval of others they are truly free. Some people think it's arrogance, I think it's confidence. It takes a lot of guts to put your stuff out there for the whole world to see. Be confident in what you do and if you aren't happy with the way it looks than you need to seek to improve yourself....but do it for yourself, not for the approval of others. The funny thing is that you will find that there are others who love what you do, whatever the genre might be. So if you keep plugging away you will stay true to yourself and find a very loyal following of people who love your work.

7. If you have experienced creative blocks, how have you overcome them?

The best way to overcome a creative block is to bust right through it. If you are a creator you are inspired by different elements in your life. When I'm shooting if I've had a very short creative block it's been overcome by continuing to shoot until I found my inspiration. Another technique is to go shoot something entirely different than what you normally do. People think it's funny that I can be shooting a wedding one week and lions in Africa the next. Me changing stuff up is honestly one reason why I can say I've never had a block in my career.

8. What distinguishes you from other creative people in your genre?

I think what distinguishes me is that fact that I combine so many different elements of photography into what I do. Whether it's weddings, portraits, landscapes, or wildlife I combine these elements into all the work. People have often described my wedding work as landscapes with weddings in them. That's because I am at heart a landscape photographer who tried wedding photography after I was volunteered by my wife to shoot a wedding for a family friend and ended up really liking it! I would just say that some photographers say their work is "different and unique" when truly it isn't. What they don't realize is that saying you're unique when you aren't actually hurts your brand. My photography has also been described as painting like which is true to what I like. The biggest compliment is when someone tells me they go through a gallery of images (like at a competition) and can tell it's one of my images without even looking at the names. I love the fact that people can recognize my imagery for it's look and feel.

9. Is there a certain place you go for inspiration? Please describe.

God, my family, wife and kids. I often tell my wedding clients that the reason I love shooting weddings is because I love my wife so much. When I shoot nature and wildlife I feel a true connection with God and feel honored to show the world what He has created, to people all over the world. When I'm particularly down I get outdoors and find something beautiful that God has created for me and all of us. Within a little while I'm starting to feel better and inspired.

10. Do you have any special rituals that you do in order to achieve your creative goals?

Preparation. Lack of preparation can kill creativity. That doesn't mean that creativity can't be spontaneous because it can. But as a professional photographer when you have deadlines and other people you are meeting and shooting if you aren't prepared you will be in trouble. My best shoots occur when I leave plenty of time available for the shoot, when I've scouted the location the day before to find the optimal lighting situations, and when I've had great pre-shoot phone calls with the models/clients prior to the shoot to go over expectations. If I do a good job at these things than the creativity just flows. For example when I was shooting wildlife in Africa I would map out at night where I was going to shoot the sunrise in the morning. That way I wasn't running around like crazy in the morning trying to find the right spot while the light was changing and I was missing something. Preparation breeds creativity.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Interview with Jason Lanier Part #1 of 3

Recently I was asked by a University in Europe to answer some questions for a class project they were doing on photographers for an article they are writing. I have split the questions into 3 sections and will be displaying them on the blog and Facebook in the hopes that these answers can help anyone else who might have questions...hope you enjoy!!!


Part 1 of 3

1. What environmental factors do you consider to be helpful (or limiting) to your creative process?

The word environment can having many meanings but for the purpose of this question I will refer to the outdoor environment of nature. Being that I shoot outdoors so much I can't help but think of myself as an amateur meteorologist. I love clouds, either dark or bright, as they lend tremendous depth and contrast to the sky. The worst thing in the world for shooting is a sky without clouds...makes it very boring, bland, and stale. Lighting of course is the primary element for consideration for all photographers and choosing light during the "magic" hours near sunrise or sunset is optimal.

2. Please describe your state of mind when you are creating something.

When I'm in the middle of creating something I open my mind to all possibilities and try to not say, "No," to anything. If you were inside my mind during the creative process you would find it a place full of excitement and fun. I'm not the kind of artist that needs to go to a "dark place" to create. I truly love life and love portraying it's beauty. I'm not scared at all about not knowing what to do in a situation. I figure I just try something crazy until it works!

3. What are your reasons for sharing your work with others via the World Wide Web?

I share my work over the web for many reasons. First, it's the absolute best way to get your name out there so you can become a profitable business and make it a full time career. Secondly I love sharing beauty. The world can sometimes have so much darkness and cruelty to it, and I want to do my small part to balance the scales and show how amazing and beautiful it can be. Third, I realize that I have been extremely blessed to be able to travel the world and there are many people who can't. I love bringing my imagery to the world via the web and hope that it can in some small way help others to go there with me to that place if they aren't able to go there themselves.

4. Do you have to be in a certain mood in order to create?

I have to be happy. I've shot before when I'm upset and the images take on a decidedly different look. When I'm preoccupied with a problem it will inhibit my creativity because my mind isn't free. I've always been good at compartmentalizing so if I do have something going on I can usually find my "happy place" pretty quickly.

5. When you begin to create, do you have a finished product in your mind?

Yes. As I've shot more and gained more experience I've learned that having a finished product in mind is the clearest way to achieving your desired result. The hardest thing for me when I began was having the vision but lacking the know how to make it happen. As a creator that was extremely frustrating. In the middle of a shoot I am like a schizophrenic (constantly talking to myself) because I remind myself of my goal and what I'm trying to achieve. It seems to help me get there.


Part 2 and 3 of this interview will appear in the blog and on Facebook over the next two posts....


Monday, May 9, 2011

1 on 1 Session San Francisco


San Francisco- shooting in San Francisco/Napa this week and having a great time. If you are interested in doing a 1 on 1 I have 1 spot left so please let me know! It is going to be an amazing shoot trying some very cool concepts that you might want to try! I will be here until Wednesday until I take off for Utah next week. If interested please send me an email at INFO@JLPROS.COM.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Mount Vernon by Jason Lanier

These images were taken this week during my visit to Mount Vernon (George Washington's home and final resting place) which is located in Mount Vernon, Virginia. I've always loved coming to this place as it is so peaceful and beautiful. The back of the home opens up to one of the most beautiful views you've ever seen of the Potomac River. The two images on the bottom show this view, and the really wide one (which is a 5-shot panoramic) shows it the best. For more information please check out our Facebook page as well where some of these images are posted and contain the camera settings for those photographers out there....





Thursday, May 5, 2011

Utah Photography Workshop by Jason Lanier May 17 and May 18, 2011


Register for a workshop or 1 on 1 session by sending an email to:

INFO@JLPROS.COM!

Come join me for an amazing 2-day workshop in Orem, Utah on Tuesday May 17th and Wednesday May 18th, both sessions starting at 8am. It will be a very hands-on instructional 2 days as we spend an entire day shooting followed by a day of editing, business, and motivational skills you need to be a success in the photography industry. You can attend the 2-day workshop for $450 or come to only one of the days for $275!

1 on 1 sessions are also available where you go out with me for 3 hours and get the personal attention you need and can all the questions you ever wanted to ask without the embarrassment of asking them in front of a group of our peers! 1 on 1 Sessions are available for $199.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Utah Photography Workshop by Jason Lanier May 17 and May 18, 2011


Register for a workshop or 1 on 1 session by sending an email to:

INFO@JLPROS.COM!

Come join me for an amazing 2-day workshop in Orem, Utah on Tuesday May 17th and Wednesday May 18th, both sessions starting at 8am. It will be a very hands-on instructional 2 days as we spend an entire day shooting followed by a day of editing, business, and motivational skills you need to be a success in the photography industry. You can attend the 2-day workshop for $450 or come to only one of the days for $275!

1 on 1 sessions are also available where you go out with me for 3 hours and get the personal attention you need and can all the questions you ever wanted to ask without the embarrassment of asking them in front of a group of our peers! 1 on 1 Sessions are available for $199.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Utah Photography Workshop by Jason Lanier May 17 and May 18, 2011


Register for a workshop or 1 on 1 session by sending an email to:

INFO@JLPROS.COM!

Come join me for an amazing 2-day workshop in Orem, Utah on Tuesday May 17th and Wednesday May 18th, both sessions starting at 8am. It will be a very hands-on instructional 2 days as we spend an entire day shooting followed by a day of editing, business, and motivational skills you need to be a success in the photography industry. You can attend the 2-day workshop for $450 or come to only one of the days for $275!

1 on 1 sessions are also available where you go out with me for 3 hours and get the personal attention you need and can all the questions you ever wanted to ask without the embarrassment of asking them in front of a group of our peers! 1 on 1 Sessions are available for $199.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Photography Internship Program with Jason Lanier Photography


Internship Program! Want to become an intern for Jason Lanier Photography? This is your chance to be able to learn from us and become an excellent photographer. We offer both a 6-month an 1-year internship program. The 6-month program is great for those who are starting out and want to learn more that they can take to start their own careers. The 1-year program is meant for those that want to eventually become a certified Jason Lanier Photographer and shoot for my company for pay! I am opening up 5 slots for interns.

We need: 4 photography related interns and 1 office staff intern

All skill levels are welcome to apply. If interested please send me an email to jason@jlpros.com with the following information:

*Name, current city you live in (must be in Southern California).

*Current level of ability- send me a link to any online images you have up if you have a blog, website, etc. If you don't, just tell me you don't!

*Schedule Flexibility- those who have the most flexibility will be given additional consideration. We really need those available on Saturdays (for the 4 photography slots) and weekdays (for the 1 office slot).

*Picture- I'm a visual person as you know so please attach a small picture of yourself so I can know who I'm talking to when we explore your candidacy for the position.

*Age- 18+ (not because of any adult related material) We need those who are adults simply for liability reasons.

I look forward to your responses.

Thanks!

Jason

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Pensacola Photography Workshop- Jason Lanier Photography


Pensacola Workshop- This is a calling to all Pensacola Photographers! Want to learn how to do fun and crazy stuff like this? Then come to my workshop on Saturday April 23, 2011 starting at 10am at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front. Send us an email at INFO@JLPROS.COM. Cost is $100 and can be paid via credit or debit card. Workshop is 2 hours in the classroom and 2 hours on a shoot like this one...what are you waiting for? One-on-One training sessions also available for only $175 where you get to go out with me on a shoot for 3 hours by yourself. I can't wait to see all of you there!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Southern California Photography Workshop May 14, 2011


Southern California Workshop Announced! My team thinks I'm crazy but I'm announcing a workshop for Southern California for next month on Saturday May 14, 2011! The workshop location will be centrally located in Southern California so it is accessible to as many people as possible.

To register for the workshop please send an email to INFO@JLPROS.COM. Workshop will be 2 hours of classroom instruction followed by 2 hours of on shoot training. Cost is $100. We would love to see you there so please register now!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Pensacola Photography Workshop with Jason Lanier!


PENSACOLA PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP! We will have our Pensacola Photography Workshop on SATURDAY APRIL 23, 2011 at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front for all those who would like to come.

To register please send an email to INFO@JLPROS.COM. Registration is $100 per attendee and includes 2 hours of classroom instruction followed by areal shoot with Jason Lanier at an outdoor location. We don't sit around the hotel and do a boring shoot...it is very interactive where I help with everything from camera settings, posing, lighting techniques, and general shooting questions as well. We would love to see you there and spacing is limited so register today!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

One on one Photography Training


Chance to shoot and learn alone with Jason Lanier- I've done private tutoring sessions for photographers, enthusiasts, and beginners for quite some time. I was asked if I could do something when I came out to Shreveport, Louisiana on a one-on-one basis and the answer is, "Yes!" I will be doing 3 fashion type shoots where I combine my landscape and fashion photography experience into one shoot to create something amazing. I have 3 spots available for anyone that might want to come along for the shoot, shoot along side with me, ask me any questions they have, and then receive instruction on how to shoot and why. After the shoot we can grab some dinner and review the results together! I'm offering the shoot for only $175 for those who attend my workshop on Saturday, and $275 for those who don't. If interested please send an email to info@jlpros.com. It will be first come-first serve so don't delay!