We had the good fortune of connecting with Jay Stork and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jay, what do you attribute your success to?
First, I think it is important to define “success”. For some, “success” may mean earning a certain amount of money over a given time period. For others, success in business may be quantified by the number of followers on social media platforms. While those components are also important to me, I would also include having a work/life balance and doing what I love as being successful. Photography had been a passion of mine for many years. Until a few years ago, I only took photos for my enjoyment versus running a photography business. I have found that taking calculated risks have led me to be able to share my love for the art by photographing creative images, having my work published in different magazines, websites, and countries. The risks that I have had to take include having the confidence to advertise my service to friends and the general public. Additionally, I have had to be selective on the types of images and communication I publish. I recognize that the quality and types of photos I publish is a representation of my skill and brand.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Again, I think taking risks and trying new techniques have been paramount. For me, taking great photos requires more than “pushing a button on a ‘box’ to capture light”. I am constantly studying. I like to observe artists of different mediums. I look at photos from other photographers as well. Studying paintings are fun for me. There are times that I find myself studying artwork that is on display or a part of a business’s décor. Capturing the image that I see in my mind means that I must understand the composition and use light and shadows to my advantage. Taking photos has not always been easy. I have learned that once the moment is gone, it may not come again. Moments can be a few hours, a few minutes or a fraction of a second. I would like the world to know that my brand is one that strives to show others the beauty that is around us even if it is an image of themselves.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Wow! I probably would aim to have some home cooked meals and hang out in different nature parks. Of course, we would have to get a photo session or two in. I would take my best friend to “The Lagoon”. The Lagoon is a spot where I absolutely love taking photos. The fun part about The Lagoon is that depending on the weather and season, there is something different about it every time I go.  Additionally, we’d have to train in a capoeira class a few times. I believe that the people with whom you spend time make the experience what it is.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This is simple. My wife has been supportive of my photography endeavors. She was one of my first models as I began to learn how to use my cameras. She sat for hours as I adjusted the lighting to achieve the look I wanted while using off camera flash photography.

Website: jcphotography1914.com

Instagram: @jc_photography1914

Other: https://linktr.ee/jayphotos1914

Image Credits
Jay Stork; Cassie Harris

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