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jamie_forhan-gmcThere are works in the Glamour Industry that one would consider beautiful and skillfully crafted, and then there are those images that make you stop in your tracks! GlamModelz Magazine interviewed a creator of many such images. Jamie Forhan, Maryland .

GlamModelz Magazine: Let’s get started!  Tell me about your background…how did you get started in Photography?  Jamie Forhan: My first camera was a black and white Polaroid when I was in grammar school. I took pictures of my friends and family. I upgraded to a color Polaroid in college, still using it primarily to take pictures of family and friends. The first time I was paid for my work was an image I took of my totaled Toyota. The car had been struck in the rear at over 100 miles an hour by fleeing bank robbers and the car had not exploded, It was at a time when Toyota was getting a lot of bad publicity about gas tanks exploding when their cars were hit from behind. The Toyota dealer I bought the replacement from bought the image for $200.  I later joined Price Waterhouse International and used the international travel to upgrade my equipment in Hong Kong and then used it to take images in over 25 countries.

GlamModelz Magazine: Why Glamour /Beauty/Fashion?  What other genre’s and styles interest you? Jamie Forhan: I took up Photography full-time after I had surgery for two brain aneurisms, which ended my previous career. I’d lost my fiancé to a brain aneurism when I was 23 and took my survival of two including one that required experimental surgery as a message. I decided to “Do what I love and love what I do” for the rest of my life. I started doing charity fashion shows including some that I organized myself. Over time I met most of the top designers in the DC area. Today I do Glamour/Beauty/Fashion/Events/Artistic. I just had a cover and a full page of Steampunk fashion image from one of my Meetup groups published along with eight pages on DC Fashion Week.

GlamModelz Magazine: What or who inspires you as a photographer?  Jamie Forhan: The Beauty of nature, the creativity of the designers I work with and the most perfect design, the female form.

As to who, I work with the We Believe Foundation, a charity that raises funds for people battling cancer.

I also have the privilege of working with a model that at 23 is beating brain cancer for the 2nd time. She was a Podium model as the 1st Night of Pink Hope http://anightofpinkhope.com/. Now she’s planning her wedding and has asked me to photograph it. I have a framed image of her as a Podium Model and I’ll have one of her as a bride.

jamie_forhan_16GlamModelz Magazine: What was your funniest experience shooting in the field?  Jamie Forhan: The day the banks of the Potomac slide out under me and I slide into the river then tried to figure out how not to lower my hands that were holding all my equipment above my head without drowning. Never did figure it out lost a NIKON, lens, flash and a Blackberry. Didn’t seem funny at the time but looking back you have to laugh.  I was less upset about losing the equipment than not being able to complete the shoot. Now I keep a backup bag with spare everything in the car and our studio insurance covers the equipment.

 GlamModelz Magazine: What challenges do you face in this industry?  What would you change about it, if you could?  Jamie Forhan: The economy has affected everyone in every industry including Designers, Photographers and Models. Many of the models I work with are trying to use modeling to help pay for college and its more difficult than ever before because of the recession. There are fewer people to buy fashion, pay photographers and models and marketing and advertising dollars are going to the Internet instead of print magazines and newspapers.

In the DC area we have a number of projects underway to try to help. We’re planning Studio Couture events to promote a Fashion Flea Market in our studio’s parking lot. We also have a number of brand ambassador programs where models will get paid based on sales of the brands they represent

 jamie_forhan_12GlamModelz Magazine: What equipment is essential for you as a photographer, to capture your “best shot”?  Jamie Forhan: My best shots were not dependent on the equipment I used. They were a result of luck and “magic”. unless you count eyes and natural light as equipment. My best shots were shot by moonlight, candlelight, and firelight and at sunset or sunrise at “the golden hours”

 GlamModelz Magazine: What inspires and motivates you when selecting locations for a glamour shoot, over a fashion shoot? Jamie Forhan: For Glamour shoots I like to shoot outdoors as much as possible at a beach at sunrise or at a waterfall or an abandoned building. Occasionally I shoot Fashion outdoors the contrast between a colorful design and the muted grey’s and browns of an abandoned building can be interesting but most of my fashion shoots tend to be at runway events or in the studio. Many of the Fashion shoots are for catalogs, look books, etc. and nowadays we often shoot in the studio in front of a Green screen and drop in the background later.

 GlamModelz Magazine: What are your goals for your photography?  Other goals?   Jamie Forhan: My goal in everything I do is the same “To make a difference” and to leave things a little better than I found them. For example to help a new model develop a portfolio that helps her get work so she can pay for college or pay her student loans if she’s already finished college.

 GlamModelz Magazine: What qualities should Models/MUA’s/Stylists, etc. have to work with you?   Jamie Forhan: Patience, flexibility and communication skills. The ability to describe their vision and to listen and understand the model/clients/MUA’s vision

GlamModelz Magazine: What advice do you have for new/amateur photographers?   Jamie Forhan: I‘m reminded of an old joke how do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice.

 GlamModelz Magazine: What advice do you have for new models that want to model? Jamie Forhan: The most-successful models I know are the ones who keep trying; they show up on time and prepared. They handle rejection with poise and dignity, they don’t get angry or discouraged, just more determined. They don’t quit when things get tough they just get tougher and keep trying and they ask themselves and others what could I do better? How can I make the cut next time?

Modeling is a job and it isn’t as easy, the key to success is the same in almost every field “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again”.

 jamie_forhan_05GlamModelz Magazine: In addition to photography, do you have other skills/interests/talents in which you excel? Do you have any special charities you donate work for and why?  Jamie Forhan: I’m a skilled Networker who adapts to change. It comes from my background as a consultant.

I’ve done work for the Wounded Warriors Project, Breast Cancer Awareness, Fresh Start Science http://freshstartscience.org/ which assists single mothers and other Charities but the one that means the most to me personally is the We Believe Foundation http://www.millerstrong.com/ > We’ve donated our time and the use of our Photo Booth for the last two Nights of Pink Hope and the WE BELIEVE LACROSSE CLASSIC: A
Cancer Charity Even with Over 50 Top College (representing 24 colleges or universities) and 80 high school freshman players playing in honor of cancer warriors.

And my Meetup groups are often used to support other local charities. Right now my Fashion in the DMV group is featuring the annual fundraiser of the Paul Mitchell School at Tysons Corner as they raise money for 11 charities


Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
No Limits
Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation
Food for Africa
Boys and Girls Clubs
Cancer Schmancer Movement
Magic Johnson Foundation
Morris Animal Foundation
Habitat for Humanity Haiti
Gary Sinise Foundation
American Humane Association

Fashion in the DMV is also promoting a  a fundraiser fro Fresh Start Science


GlamModelz Magazine: What other interesting facts would you like GlamModelz readers to know about you?   Jamie Forhan: I had eight careers, not jobs, careers, unusual for my generation but it will be more commonplace in the future as the pace of technological change continues to accelerate making more industries obsolete quicker and bringing new ones into existence. When I was born there were no cell phones copy machines, email, text messaging.

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GlamModelz Magazine: Where can we see more of your work?  How can models that wish to shoot with you contact you?  Jamie: More of my work:  http://www.modelmayhem.com/1325580http://www.meetup.com/DMVPin-upModelingandphotography/http://www.meetup.com/Fashion-in-the-DMV/ , http://www.meetup.com/High-Fashion-and-Creative-Photography-New-England/ , http://slyhorsestudio.com/, or by email: Jamie@shyhorsestudio.com

Our gorgeous cover model is: Nadine Höfler and may be contacted through her Facebook page. Nadine’s cover photo was supplied by Jamie Forhan.






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