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Works at www.JasonJosephStudio.com
Attended School of Visual Arts
Lives in New York, New York
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THE Single Most Important Blog Post I've Ever Written (And Possibly That You'll Ever Read!)

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PHOTOGRAPHERS and Creatives...This Is For YOU:
The 1st in a 5 part series I'd initially wrote for the now defunct LIGHT-It Magazine
They'd paid me for 2 articles..I wrote enough for 4 and in the time of figuring out how best to use the content...sadly the magazine stopped publication.
Easily some of my best work...couldn't let it go to waste.
I hope you will enjoy it
It can be difficult to see over the waves, hard to ascertain which technique/light modifier/piece of advice to cling to, to get to shore. Does a softbox even float? The choices of what to do next, what course of action to take can be overwhelming! The fact that you are here,..means you WILL find land....pay dirt if you will !
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HEADS UP.. just posted part 2!
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Part 4 is LIVE!
 The first two hours after lunch found me excited, on the prowl. Alive with possibility. Scanning the wonderfully crowded street corners of Chinatown like a Ninja. I was careful to slow down enough to stop and take in my surroundings. I smiled a lot.. not the smile of a lunatic.. but just a warm confident smile. The problem seemed to be everyone seemed just so...well...run of the mill. No one leaped out at me. and the few who did told me ‘no’ faster than all of my ex girlfriends combined! I’d honestly not imagined I could hear this word so many times in one year, let alone one day. And I say this with zero exaggeration.
Three hours in and it was beginning to feel as if I was completely disconnected to a world I take great pride in generally feeling extraordinarily connected to on multiple levels. The no’s seemed to flow like the noodles on Mott Street! I was concerned for my assistant, who after each no, managed to keep it light and was unwavering in his dedication to the hunt. He wasn't fooling me though....It was weighing upon us both and we were doing our best to grin and bear it.

I heard the words of Steve Jobs rattle through my mind as I stood on yet another corner...hopeful that the person I was destined to photograph would be more easily spotted from the increased variety that the busy street corners provided. “...the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. …..So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”  I'd have to have options in order to settle Steve!

 I thought of the great artists muse, Julia Cameron (Savior to so many creatives that you cannot go a day without seeing the work of at least one of her disciples) as she would say, “The creative process is a process of surrender, not control”  And no truer words were ever spoken.

   I had told Brian several times throughout the day, that for some reason I’d imagined the subject as smoking a cigarette. I’m not sure why.. but I pictured someone who smokes, ...but I wasn't ignoring anyone simply based on the fact that they weren't smoking, or even if they didn’t look like a smoker. But I began to wonder with Julias quote resonating in my head, if I was controlling anything... or attempting to.

...images aren't made in the past.. nor in the future.. they are made in the present moment. ~jason joseph

   I asked Brian to stop. I expressed to him that I was completely aware of how daunting this was becoming...and how even though it may seem that based on the history of the day it didn't look good, that...images aren't made in the past.. nor in the future.. they are made in the present moment. And I am taking this moment to declare that it’s my intention to let go of any expectations... cigarette, or no cigarette....any and all expectations or hopes I may have... I am married to no preconceptions. I’m married to one notion and one notion only. Brian was smiling.. and listening intently. I’m married to the notion that this is a lesson in accepting whatever comes to you , and making the best of it..and I am absolutely resoundingly ready to meet with that moment whenever it so desires to be met.

It's worth noting that while I may at that moment have appeared bat-shit crazy....Brian took this all as resoundingly normal, and there is a lot to be said about that... both good...and comical.

I kid you not when I tell you that we stood there on that corner like we had countless other corners, but this time it was with a tremendous sense of it all just being perfectly ok. Comical if anything, and we were newly excited in having reminded ourselves that we could achieve anything if we kept our spirits up, and keep our thoughts focused on all of the good things there were to enjoy about the day.

   I mean after-all...we were in one of the most bustling and vibrant places one could be. You could easily allow yourself  to imagine you were in another country. No boarding pass required. "Let's go this way!"  I said to my incredibly faithful assistant. "Not sure why.. but just...let’s."And off we went, down another portal into who knows what.....

   We got maybe half way down the block when I saw him!


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Join us on the 4th installment of a story EVERY creative should read!: ...images aren't made in the past.. nor in the future.. they are made in the present moment. And I am taking this moment to declare that it’s my intention to let go of any expectations...   
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The news hit yesterday that photographer Annie Leibovitz was listing her three West Village townhouses for $33 million, and now the official...
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Hour Long In-depth Interview I Did for +Six Beats Of Separation Lots of Details About the Project Here.
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      Part 3 of a 5 Part Article That Every Creative Should Read.
The third installment of a story for any and all creatives, not just photographers. Join in on this journey and find the key to pushing through and creating, whatever it is you set out to create.
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HEL:P! Anyone in NY of Philly Have a Place I can Stay?
Bout to be put into the system... wish I was joking.
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Whaaa? Are you ok? Have you found a place?
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Anyone IN Philly Have a PLace I can Stay?
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I'm 7 hours late... Hope you found a spot!
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Tesla...AND Photography....Whats NOT to Love About This Video by +Phase One !?
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If I Told You....YOU Could Help +Six Beats Of Separation By Following Our YouTube Page with TWO Clicks...Would You!?
YouTube is where all of our video interviews with celebrities are going to be hosted. Its empty right now...but we NEED YOU to come and subscribe, because if you do It is going to unlock a special deal we are making with YouTube.
SO....would you PLEASE help us and subscribe!? We need at least 1,000 followers.

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Super Proud to Be Able to Call This Woman My Friend!
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Celebrity Word Of Mouth...ROCKS!
Last night I was called to be hired to shoot someone who is a multi platinum recording artist and whose sponsored by both a guitar company AND Harley Davidson...

And whats really cool is...they told me..."Ive been shot by Mick Rock...and by Mark Weiss...but man your images are just awesome..and I want to work with you this time round" "I went to school to be a photographer before I became a singer...I saw the images you did with my buddy from Guns n Roses...and they were just gorgeous man...."

Could not have asked for a more perfect compliment as those are two of the greatest names in music photography.
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Beyond grateful
And WOW the stories I heard..  it was a great call with an extremely accomplished person.. and I learned quite a bit.

REALLY crazy story about some mind opening substances... and a certain RUSH album.. that was literally  a slightly different version of an  experience Id had growing up too... what I didn't realize was...was that as I was having MY experience..with RUSH.. the singer of a band who we probably had cranking on the boombox just a few songs back  while hanging out in the bleachers  on the football field behind my house...
had also had the same experience years prior...
Wrap yrou head round that..
Were teenage kids.. hanging ... listening to one band.. then  tripping on some vibes of another... and  years later.. come to find out....
Awww heck I know I sorta have to tell the whole story.. and I will at some point.. but for now.. just WOW mind blown

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GRATITUDE!!!!
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A Photographer, born and bred. Camera in hand at 5 yrs old. My own camera at 8. Schooled at S.V.A. in N.Y.C. Believes every frame is a privilege. Come on in ... stay a while. Say hello. I come in peace. I travel well. Adding to circles? Im interested in : Art, Music, Wine, Food, Design, Science, Photography, Comedy. Please also add my Business Page On Google+ Jason Joseph Photography. Say hello, share what you like, and keep in touch! If your "Hangin-out" shoot me an invite.
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Please visit my website for more of my work:
                     www.JasonJosephStudio.com

View my TEDx Talk about my Celebrity Charity /Music/Photography Portrait Project: Six Beats Of Separation

I was born in N.Y.C.  in a borough, lots of trees, lots of exposure to the city. Balance.

My three earliest memories:

  • Emerging from the Battery Tunnel with my face nearly pressed against the windshield gazing up at the Twin Towers, with the sense that anything in the world was possible.
  • Exploring my family’s massive music collection and feeding the turntable everything from Dean Martin to Black Sabbath, Eric Clapton to Yes.. to Zappa.. back to Billy Joel. Kung Fu Fighting was my first noted favorite song.
  • Using the camera my aunt bought me on my 8th birthday to take photos of my friends. Waiting for film to get back from the lab was only surpassed by the angst of waiting for Santa each year. I was hooked.

I learned to play guitar a bit, learned to play the drums… a lot. Can’t play the violin no matter how hard I try. I went to a really really cool… really really really expensive N.Y.C. art school. Yawnnnnn. Moved to Florida….lived on the beaches of two gorgeous islands.. slept on the sand every full moon. Worked for people who had bigger cameras than me…. ran around on film sets… impressed a few directors.I watched those twin beauties I’d gawked at, face pressed against the windshield as a lil guy with a cap gun in my back pocket…..crumble. I decided, things that make you say wow… whether they are the things that do it to you at 8 years old.. or the things that do it to you at 38 years old…. are the only things that matter… and that everything, and everyone matters…..Moved back home to New York, to make wow… wow for kids from 8 to 108. I shoot in digital.. I dig film. I really dig wine. I believe life can be surmised as vibrations. Light, music.. you, me… all just vibrations. Positive or negative….just vibrations. I put more hours into work than I’ll admit to you.. or likely bill you for… it’s not work… it’s personal. I have no food allergies, love camping and the great outdoors…. can wield a kayak like an Eskimo. I travel well. So does my gear. I’ve broke bread with some really rad international celebrities, some textbook ‘cool’ people, and I’ve spent the night with the homeless people in Penn Station (recently) no camera, just me and the brethren of people who make their home there, bonding. I cherish neither experience more than the other.

Namaste
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