We had the good fortune of connecting with Jesse Chacon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jesse, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I’ve wanted to be a photographer since I was 15, I came across an excellent photojournalism class my first year of high school and got hooked. I took the class every year, I worked in a photo lab, I shoot every football game, hockey game, and basketball game I could. I went on numerous road trips with fellow classmates and photo teacher to photograph the landscapes of New Mexico and Utah. Back then I thought I’d end up working for a newspaper or magazine though, I never thought that I’d end up specializing in food photography.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think most successful commercial photographers assist other photographers before going on their own. It’s one of the only ways to really see the insides of a successful business and what a professional workflow really looks like. When I started assisting I brought something to the table a lot of my peers didn’t, a background in IT and Network support. So I had an advantage when it came to troubleshooting the computers and camera equipment whenever any came up.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Food Spots: Fuel City for their street tacos, street corn and unique location. Pie Tap or Cane Rosso for excellent pizza. Slow Bone for bbq. Town Hearth for a steak and atmosphere. Entertainment: (some pre covid-19) Mavs or Stars game. Try and catch a show at the Kessler or Granada. Check out some of the breweries like Four Corners or Deep Ellum.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My first Shoutout is to Jeff Grimm, the teacher that put a camera in my hand. Mr. Grimm taught photojournalism at Trinity High School in Euless, TX for 36years and inspired thousands of students to get into photography. He’s invested more of his own time into his students than any teacher I’ve ever seen and he gave countless students a place to go for help, advice or encouragement even after they graduated. He taught me how to use a camera, how to take a road trip, what good beef jerky is… and that I really shouldn’t have drank that gallon of root beer to not impress that girl. Shoutout two goes to Dick Patrick. Dick’s been my boss/mentor/friend for the last 7 years. I’d know nothing about this industry or no one in this industry if he didn’t take me under his wing
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