JD Mason

"Never give up on your ideas and what makes you different as a photographer than any one else on the planet."

What's your first name?
JD

What's your last name?
Mason

Nice to meet you, JD! May we have your email address please?
jmason@Libertylive.com

What's your Instagram username JD? We'd love to check it out!
Mason_Jd

JDPlease let us know your website.
http://themasoncollective.com

What is your location, JD?
Country
United States

State / Region
Virginia

Firstly JD, how would you best describe yourself?
Photographer

Would you like us to recommend you to clients looking for a  Photographer near your area?
Yes

JDplease tell us your talent/work rate per hour?
80 hr

JD. Tell us ABOUT yourself. 
I studied audio production in college and never thought I would be a photographer. I am a creative at heart. I have been using photoshop since highschool. When I started my own business doing graphic design in college photography became my secret pastime. 
I love anything creative I am talking music, dance,painting, spoken word, just anything. 

I specialize in videography however photography is so close to video work that is crept in to be my love and passion now. 

Would you like to complete our full Editorial interview or skip straight to uploading your photos? (12 more interview questions).
Yes

Our readers would love to get to know you more JD. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?

I am a 25-year-old who leads and online campus at a church. I love coffee like love isn't a strong enough word. One thing that is unique about me is that I am obsessed with the office, the tv show for those of you not in the cult. 

JD, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?

My passion and aspiration in life are to be as creative as my creator has created me to be. 
I want to live life as creatively as possible I want to travel the world and take amazing shots all the while doing it. I started out as a photographer for my friend who sang and traveled. I did his graphic design work, and so he needed some shots for the poster I was working on so I took them myself. People liked them, and so that is how I got started and kinda never looked back

Who is your inspiration in life JD? How do you keep inspired?

My inspirations in life are everything, pretty much everyone is dope in their own way they just may not realize it. I believe that any one can inspire. I am inspired by another artist in any craft. I

We all make mistakes JD; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Photographer, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I wish that I could take back all the times I told another photographer what they were doing was wrong when it came to setting up a shot. Everything in photography is relative. One had to find their own style and not be told right and wrong because art is art and photography is an expression of oneself I cannot tell someone what is inside them, except greatness. 

JD , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?

I honestly have never worked with a large number of clients. However, when that day comes, I will have to prioritize based on what can be tangibly done in the best-organised schedule for my calendar. 

Please tell us JD, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?

I have to make lists to maintain my priorities when I am flooded with a lot of different situations at once. 

JD, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I was able to persuade a co worker to switch from editing on final cut to premier because I feel that the dynamic link between photoshop and premier give it a leg up on final cut and he agreed because my reasoning was sound and I didn't come off like a jerk. Because I could have just said the final cut is garbage and you will never amount to anything using it lol. 

JD, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest moment has not come for me yet. However, it will be when my first photo is published. I know that my photography is deeper and darker than what is usually published so for me it would be so humbling that someone thought that the world should see my art because my art is an expression of me. 

JD, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I am always creative with my work I always try to push boundaries. One time I was making a magazine spread then I decided if all the pictures were hdr that would add some pop to the piece and I tried it, and everyone loved it, so it was a win.

What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?

The advice I would give any photographer is to be you, that sounds cliche, however, alot of people with changing their style to fit a corporate mould. Always maintain your true sense of creativity even if that means you shoot corporate by day and your own style by night. Never give up on your ideas and what makes you different as a photographer than any one else on the planet. 

Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I am always looking for collaborations. I hosted a meetup, and it was the first time I got to shoot alongside other photographers and also shoot their models along with my models it was dope. I would love to collab on any project. I love working with styled shoots and fashion shoots. I am not picky I am a no name photographer lol. I just want my foot in the door. 

Now for the best part JD! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photo Credits:
@mason_jd