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I used to be a model, and I enjoyed it, but I knew something wasn't working with it, and I started watching editorials, and the magic behind it was getting all my attention.
One day I saw they were selling a professional camera, and I had the money from a modelling work I've done, so I went for it, and I bought it. I LOVED it, and I started working with it.
Then I did some photography courses, and fashion photography was really what I wanted, so I figured it out with my model friends, and i started photo shooting them., now I feel this is my life and all I want to do.
Editing wasn't my strength but I'm learning on my way, and I know I'll be a very good one soon.
Would you like to complete our full Editorial interview or skip straight to uploading your photos? (12 more interview questions).
Our readers would love to get to know you more Jonathan. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I'm always smiling. I try to make everyone Smile and feel comfortable with me, maybe that's why people love to a photoshoot with me, my humour. Haha!
Jonathan, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I saw a professional camera on sale, and I went for it with no experience, then y found out that's my life.
Who is your inspiration in life Jonathan? How do you keep inspired?
Every day is a new opportunity for every one of us.
That's what keeps me inspired, knowing I'm blessed with Life, and God wants me Here, now.
We all make mistakes Jonathan; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Well, I've been in this photography world not for so long, so i don't have a lot to say about a mistake with a colleague but, if that happens sometimes, I'll think Cold
Everything and I'll try to
Make it work for both of us.
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?
Every one of them is same way important to me so I always try not to take more than I can handle so I can give amazing service to every single one.
Please tell us Jonathan, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
Maybe buying equipment.
I had new photoshoots, and I was trying to see what equipment was neccesary for me to
Achieve my goals, so I had to use new strategies to get them.
Jonathan, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
It happens almost all the time, you have something on your mind for the photos but the customer sees something else, so you have to try to make them understand what you want to achieve and also try to use their ideas, is like a Combo. Haha. A little bit of this and that and VOILÁ!
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 with everyone. What is it and why?
The last photoshoot I did. It was special for me because of the whole process. The models, my husband whos a fashion stylist, everything turned out to be perfect even though we had many locations in one day, it was fun.
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?
I had a girl who wanted something quick for her to use the next day. But the day for the photoshoot was very cloudy, and I didn't know how to use photoshop. She knew about it, but we had to be creative with the illumination and I ended up editing on my phone which I still feel bad about. But she loved it, and we had fun.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Start touching the camera, find tutorials on youtube, take as many photos as you can and never stop. Bring the camera with you everywhere and tell your friends to let you take photos of them, that's the only way you'll get to know your equipment and learn the different things you'll see through your camera lens.
Play with it
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Stylist, magazines, whatever... haha
Now for the best part Jonathan! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photographer: Jonathan Santos / @JonathannsitoPhotos
Designer & Fashion Stylist: @CarlosDeMoya
MUA Artist: @MakeUpByIdania
Models: Diana Padilla and Joshua Royal, D´High Class Models School Providence, Rhode Island.
Locations: Downtown Providence, Kingston RI, Broadway St.
Jonathan, how would you like to get listed on Model Citizen's website for 18 months and free six months?