Jim Cushinery

"As a musician and director, I start every shoot with a 'script,' but then often improvise on set, sometimes letting the ingredients make the stew they want to become, instead of the one I'd planned."

What's your first name?
Jim

What's your last name?
Cushinery

Nice to meet you, Jim! May we have your email address please?
jimcushinery@gmail.com

What's your Instagram username Jim? We'd love to check it out!
@cushimages

Jim please let us know your website.
http://www.cushimage.com

Contact Number:
3238066772

What is your location, Jim?
Country
United States

State / Region
California

Firstly Jim, how would you best describe yourself?
Photographer

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

Jim please tell us your talent/work rate per hour?
$100

Jim. Tell us ABOUT yourself. 
I was a professional singer/songwriter/producer from the age of 15, and still, write and perform as the inspiration hits me.

I am also a writer/director of shorts, a television pilot, and several music videos under my belt.

I took up photography as a means to communicate more efficiently with the cinematographer on my filmed projects. It turns out I have a passion for portraiture, because it lets me interact with subjects the way I do with actors. I would describe my style as an intersection of art, fashion, and story telling.

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 Jim. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?

As a musician and director, I start every shoot with a 'script,' but then often improvise on set, sometimes letting the ingredients make the stew they want to become, instead of the one I'd planned.

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

Creating art every day. Story telling. Photography came to me as an extension of those passions.

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

People are a never ending source of inspiration. Everyone has a story. I thrive on finding it.

We all make mistakes Jim; 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 trusted someone to do their own edits, and discovered she did not share my vision to the point I do not keep those images in my portfolio. I wish I had trusted my taste and abilities more.

Jim , 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 ask them, "In what order do you want me to do everything all at once?"

What I mean, is I ask questions to help clients find answers that work for them, even if they don't yet know the answer.

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

I photographed and edited a large collection of handbags for the clients' line sheets and marketing materials. The work was technical, precise, and repetitive.

Concentration and attention to detail were of utmost importance.

Jim, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
For an editorial shoot, there was the question of the model wearing lingerie or implied nude. I shot both, and by presenting two images side by side, the client was able to compare on the spot and agreed with my choice.

Jim, 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 mother suffers from dementia. She was having an extraordinarily rough day and could not be consoled. My sister gave her a beer, which, along with her favourite stuffed animal, gave her peace.

I managed to capture an image of my mother, the beer bottle, and the toy resting comfortably.

Jim, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Every time. Every shot is exciting, challenging, and to different extents rewarding.

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

Admit to yourself you are an artist.

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'd be looking for someone who sees what I do as an asset to their brand. Doing assembly line work has never been my goal.

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