My name is Jonathan Perez and I'm a photographer who is very passionate about the work that I do. I graduated from Full Sail University with a Bachelor's of Science in Digital Arts and Design. I have experience in graphic design, video editing, motion graphics, and some web design. You will find that my 5 years of design experience has given me the opportunity to turn a client's need into a marketable design with my vision and expertise. I believe in producing great work for my clients with passion, integrity, and intense work ethic. I specialize in illustration, video editing, branding, photography, and logo design, but take on new challenges daily.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Jonathan. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I would say that one thing that makes me unique is my creativity/imagination in that I don't typically look or think about things the way most everyday people do. I feel like I'm always looking at things or thinking about them with multiple perspectives. This unique perspective helps me as a photographer and designer when it comes to creating out of the box thinking by truly considering all the possibilities that something can be accomplished.
Jonathan, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
My aspirations are to be able to travel and truly take breathtaking photographs of the world we live in and interacting with the many people who are also a part of it. I have a passion for just telling stories and being a part of amazing moments in life where you feel like you are on top of the world.
I started as a photographer by photographing a good friend from high school named Joalis Luciano who was aspiring to become a model. This was a few months after graduation and I knew at that point I wanted to get into portrait photography and we got together to do a photo shoot. Since then I've done a few shoots with her while also going around taking photos of everything around me to build my practice.
Who is your inspiration in life Jonathan? How do you keep inspired?
I find my mother and father to be a huge inspiration in my life. They both have taught me one very important thing and that is to work hard. It's something I believe gets overlooked because at any point in time things can become tough and to give up would be easier than to keep going. I have always pushed through the tough times to keep going and working hard to get to where I am now.
We all make mistakes Jonathan, 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 would say the one time I wish I could have handled a situation differently would be when I did my first ever senior shoot. I did do some preparing ahead of time, but a lot of what I was doing was on the fly. The photos turned out pretty well, but I feel like I could have directed my clients a bit better which would have resulted in a more organized photo shoot and less stressful editing process.
Jonathan ,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?
When it comes to prioritizing my clients' needs the first thing I do is ask beforehand what exactly are they looking for, expecting, and what the final packages/product will be. For the sake of both sides when we are clear and upfront with each other it allows us to get the most out of the process and working relationship.
Please tell us Jonathan, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
My most recent family photoshoot I had to really be smart about my approach to snapping photos. It can be difficult because with kids you aren't always guaranteed to get perfect shots. In fact more than a few shots were far from perfect, so I had to stitch multiple photos together to get a better composition.
Jonathan, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I took some photos for a cousin at a graduation party that was put together for him and I was able to convince everyone of a specific spot where I thought the photos would look their best. It took a bit of patience considering that when it comes to situations like this you have to take it upon yourself to gather your family members together for an organized photo. After some time I was able to get groups put together at a nice spot outside where the sun was setting giving the photos some great light and setting a breathtaking look.
Jonathan 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 to everyone. What is it and why?
My most proudest moment would be a photoshoot with my friend Joalis a few months back. It was the first time shooting where I could seamlessly direct the model without having to think too much and just knowing from first glance where the best spots to take pictures would be. The weather was amazing that day and there were plenty of places where I could put her to get some amazing shots and to this day the process doing a photoshoot was one of my smoothest.
Jonathan, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
There was a photoshoot about a year ago at a botanical gardens where I had to be very creative. It was a beautiful place, but I needed to be creative in order to get the most out of place that had so much to offer. I had to make sure to place my model in locations that she would look great in. I had to use certain elements around me like benches, sitting areas, and the flowers to put together some great compositions.
What advice would you give to the people who wants to be successful as a Photographer?
My advice would be to just practice your craft. I know it's a simple thing to think, but it's the truth. Practice makes perfect and if you just make sure that you are prepared and know what you are doing then you will go far as a photographer.
I would say to also to do your research because in the long run it helps with preparation.
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'm not currently looking for collaborative work with fashion talents, brands and creatives, but I would be interested in the prospect of a possible collaboration.
Now for the best part Jonathan! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Jonathan Perez @jonathanperezphotography