An interview with Nashville photographer, Jake Harsh of HarshMedia.com.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I grew up in Michigan and have called Nashville my home for about 8 years now. Along with doing photography, I enjoy directing/producing short films and music videos, as well as producing music.
How did you end up in Nashville?
I moved here in 2002 to attend the School of Audio Engineering with plans to return back home to Michigan after graduating. I ended up getting a record deal and stayed in Nashville to pursue my music career.
What is your style of photography?
I would say it’s a unique mix of commercial, mainstream appeal with an edgy, artistic flair. I pride myself on being different, on creating photos that tell stories and emit emotion.
How long have you been doing photography?
I’ve been doing photography professionally since 2006; I started shooting short films in high school in the mid to late 90’s and really got into video. I really enjoyed directing the way a scene was perceived, and that gave me the building blocks to make the move into photography.
What do you enjoy most about photography?
It’s very gratifying to make something unique and see the results almost immediately. I also enjoy the challenge of creating a still image that inspires creativity and imagination.
What type of photography do you offer?
I do commercial photography – I work with many people in the entertainment industry (rising artists, celebrities, bands, etc), but I also do advertising and corporate photography as well. I offer my own unique blend of art and a healthy mix of who the client really is at their best.
When did you know that you wanted to be a photographer?
My wife needed some headshots done so I thought I’d give it a try since I had a background in video. The photos turned out great and I developed a passion for photography almost instantly. I’ve been shooting ever since.
What is your favorite place to shoot in Nashville?
Although I do shoot in a studio occasionally, I consider myself an on-location specialist, so most of what I shoot is on location – using a different place for almost every shoot. I really enjoy the challenge of changing it up regularly.
What are three words that define your photography?
Unique. Cinematic. Commercial.
What is a typical day on the job like for you?
A lot of pre-production is done before the day of a shoot, so I spend a good amount of time working on that when I’m not on location. On the day of a shoot I’m up early preparing for the client’s arrival and ensuring that everything is set up and ready to go smoothly. Depending on the size of the shoot, it’s usually a long day of shooting – then we tear down and get ready for another day.
What would you be doing if not photography?
My wife and I have a side music project called Paper Circus, and I spend much of my free time working on that. I also enjoy shooting video and producing music for talented artists, so I’d most likely be spending all my time doing that if I wasn’t doing photography.
Where are your favorite places to travel?
St. Croix in the Caribbean is one of my favorite places to visit – I also really like shopping in LA and try to visit as often as I can.
What camera/lens do you use most often?
Lately I’ve been using the Canon 5d Mark II.
How can people get in touch with you?
Email: [email protected]
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