Jason W. Kaumeyer
Personal Website: www.jwkphoto.com
Capturing the image is last on the list. I encourage potential clients to talk to me about their vision. What is it they are trying to accomplish. What are they trying to convey, and to which audience… This is often times my favorite part of a “shoot.” I pride myself on providing so much more than simple photography: The conception of the idea, the creation of the image, the collaboration and creativity that flows through that process. And lastly the final touches that come with a very discerning eye during post production. Anyone can be a photographer. I am a master of two-dimensional communication.
I relish my role in providing on-demand creativity for a wide range of national, regional and local clients. However, I also understand that collaboration is key. Combining the ideas of what the client wants to convey, my expertise, and the creativity of the entire crew results in an energy that is contagious and yields dynamically stunning images.
Paul E. Cheney, Jr.
Personal Website: www.paulcheney.com
While perched on a sidestage shooting Bela Fleck as one of the official MerleFest photographers in front of 50k+ people, I realized nobody was shooting the 50k+ people. Everybody was shooting Bela Fleck on the main stage. I came back the next year with a business partner and shot all the guests, the volunteers, the sponsors and the main acts, too. Then I went home to Atlanta and shot all my favorite restaurants. Flash forward 100’s of corporate events & restaurants later (totaling 250,000+ images), and I ironically realized I needed to stop and learn the basics. After working with maybe 20+ photographers and shooting for some of the biggest companies on the planet I met my business partner Jason Kaumeyer (JWK). Sharing our different skill-sets has shown me, personally, the value of color management, how to shoot-to-edit, the art of purposeful photographs, and the value of accrued knowledge from a variety of sources. Be humble, never stop learning and always be engaged.