HI, I'M JASON
This is me. I think it's safe to say that I'm much better behind a camera than I am in front of it.
As much as I am awkward at having my photo taken, I am ten times more awkward when it comes to writing about myself...but hey, let's give it a shot!
SO, WHO ARE YOU?
Hi, I'm Jason. Multi award winning (mega cringe) wedding photographer based in Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire. Dad to Charlie, the mad toddler and Emily, the little madam and truly loving husband to Clare, the glue.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF AS A PHOTOGRAPHER?
Hungry! No, not for food; hungry to continuously improve my craft. I've never been the kinda guy that settles for "that'll do" because I am waaaaay too self critical for that. The good news is that this translates to a photographer that'll work his wee cotton socks off on the day to deliver the best service possible.
I used to describe myself as a natural light photographer when I first started out. In most cases this translates to can't/too scared to utilise flash photography. There are so many scenarios on a wedding day that can be improved when you understand light and how to control or manipulate it so I placed a great of emphasis on improving those parts of my photography that I felt were weakest which soon turned into a love for using flash creatively to create those "WOW" images that I strive for!
But what I'm really about is looking to capture the authentic moments that happen throughout the day. A wedding is a day of emotion and I want to be there to witness every drop of it.
But hey, I'm no silent fly on the wall. You'll most certainly have to put up with my sense of humour and I'm probably going to be chatting away to guests. Grannies & kids are my favourites and I'm no stranger to chasing some weans around the tables in a game of "try take a photo of me".
HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE WEDDING INDUSTRY?
Clare once said to me "Put on your big boy pants" and boom, I was a wedding photographer!
That's the short (but very true) version.
The slightly longer version is that I started out in photography because I love gadgets/technology and cameras are part of that. I'm one of those rarer breeds of people that are both pretty technical but also creative so photography was a match made in heaven for me.
After the obligatory "I'm gonna take really nice photos of my newborn child" I found myself extending that to other families and others people's children in exchange for money and then the ol' question comes in..
"Do you do Weddings?"
Jason: "Noooooo I'm not ready for that level of responsibility"
Clare: "Put on your big boy pants"
Jason: "Yes, I also do wedding photography"
TELL ME SOME RANDOM MEANINGLESS FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF
Well this is an about me page afterall so here goes:
I grew up in foster care and was originally from Castlemilk.
I made an "orphan card" and played it with Clare to score some pity points after we first met. It worked.
I have a degree in Applied Computing because I am a proper geek.
I have a wide variety of music tastes such as Metallica, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine and Baby Shark.
I binge watch way too many Netflix series with Clare.
I look and probably act significantly younger than what I am (jeez, I'm now in my 40's).
I find it hard to watch The Green Mile without bawlin' my eyes oot.
I've been a hardcore gamer most of my life. Now I have responsibilities and have made peace with it.
My sport is Formula 1. I like to think I could have been in the sport if I had rich parents and better driving skills.
I thought this about me page was going to be much shorter than it is.
I'm looking forward to being your wedding photographer.
Ok now that you know a bit more about me, I wanna know about you!
OH, WHILE I'M HERE BLABBERING...
Big shout out to my awesome couples who voted for me in the Confetti Awards 2024 and Finals to be judged alongside my fellow photographers!
I then got the chance to slap on a tuxedo, brush my hair and fiddle around with a bowtie and with Clare on my arm we mingled with some of the most amazing wedding suppliers in Scotland.
It was a fantastic evening but the cherry on top was bagging myself a Highly Recommended Award for a second year!