Vibrant colors, saturated shots, and dynamic layouts are just a few of our favorite things about one of our favorite set of eyes behind a camera, Jamie Nelson. If you are not familiar with Jamie’s work it is more than likely you have spotted it in your favorite publication, collective exhibit, or even a billboard.
Jamie Nelson has a vast and lengthy career that rivals photographers twice her age. As a fashion photographer Jamie creates vivid and enthralling storyboards with Candyland-esque color palettes, and pop art inspired editorials. Although most of Jamie Nelson’s work is for commercial purposes (shooting for brands such as Chanel or for world renowned publications such as Vogue or Vanity Fair) her work is so whimsical and engaging it could easily be hung in a museum.
Jamie belongs to the ever growing population of creatives in New York City that work for themselves and tirelessly chase after any opportunity that could boost their career,
“I have always worked for myself. I struggled for what seemed like an eternity in New York, but it finally paid off. Putting time and effort into yourself and sticking to your passion will always pay off…eventually!”
Her words bring hope to all of us in the industry who have been either looking for that big break or are just trying to finally escape our desk job. Jamie has been educated in photography and credits her time at school for helping her fine tune her work. Much like any designer or creative, a photographer is only as good as their team. Jamie understands that the devil is in the details,
“Hair, makeup, and art direction are a huge part of bringing the image to its final aesthetic result.”
We at Team K could not agree more. Sticking with an art form you truly enjoy and work hard at will only get you noticed. Even if it is nothing more than a few struggling artists and designers getting together to expand their portfolio the more collaborations the better. Not every job will pay your rent, but it only takes that one person in the industry to come upon your portfolio and launch your career.
Jamie stuck with her passion and works hard to perfect her craft. She admits to using photoshop to touch up her images, but only to a point. Like every photographer she touches up blemishes and loose ends, but her signature look is all generated on set and in camera. Using this mindset Jamie was able to translate her fine-arts education into a career in the fashion industry,
“I started out doing fine-art. Ironically I have never been too concerned or obsessed with the fashion industry. The aesthetic and art in fashion imagery is what interested me initially. I still see fashion/beauty photography as art and do not tend to focus on branding or advertising of the products themselves.”
Her ideals on the industry further support and explain our reaction to viewing her work. Jamie’s work easily translates from an advertisement in a magazine into something you would die to hang in your living room. Her focus on the fine details in the human form can be seen consistently throughout her shots. She focuses greatly on the nuances of the human expression; whether it is a slight eyebrow raise or a pucker of the lips her beauty shots are just as dynamic as a shoot on location.
It is this level of dedication that kept Jamie striving to make it to the next level. Even when she was at a position that did not speak to her creatively she made it her own and never sent out mediocre work. This is a very important trate to have in your arsenal. It mirrors the belief of dressing for the job you want not the one you have. Shooting for greater than what is expected will only benefit your career. No matter how big or small the client all you have in this industry is word of mouth and your reputation.
Jamie hopes to one day shoot for creatively infused publications like Numero that will let her work speak for itself. With her tight grip on her camera and understanding of the industry she is more than well on her way. Jamie also hopes to one day shoot for Alexander McQueen, and to be honest we would more than love to see her handling of his dramatic prints and proportions.