Having the opportunity to interview a close and personal friend was not only a pleasure, but also an honor. The images from my very first session with this photographer set my career ablaze and I am eternally grateful for his vision, his work ethic and the pride he takes in producing glamorous, quality images – every time.
Let’s take a look behind the lens and meet one of GlamModelz Magazine’s Contributing Photographers, Jeff Benham of Visions East Photography.
Jeff Benham of Visions East Photography: I photograph people, places and things. You don’t develop it, you photograph it. Every individual has a different way of looking at something. I walk in a frame all day long, always framing in my own mind just about everything I see. I have been doing this for years.
Jeff: I was 17…I was not what you call your average student, to say the least. My idea of school was to walk in the front door and continue out the back to go get a coffee at Dunkin Donuts. So in my second junior year, I was asked to join this alternative program for intelligent – but lets say “preoccupied” – students. One of the classes offered was photography. I became very close friends with the teacher and in turn she took me under her wing and for me there was no looking back. I had found something I just loved to do. First it was the darkroom. Yes, I actually enjoyed working in it. Ask me to do it now…I’ll tell you to buy yourself a copy of CS3, thank you very much.
Jeff: Personally, I think all fashion and glamour photographers need to have their heads examined. Old barns, waterfalls, covered bridges, mountains, lakes etc have yet to ask me, “are my photos ready yet?”.. When was the last time a tree told you it looked fat? I shoot Glam because of the challenge and because I love to photograph people. How many times have you heard some one say after putting down this months copy of Playboy .. “Man, I want that guys job.” My saying is, it’s a tough job yet someone has to do it. People take that as a joke, trust me it’s no joke. I have never worked harder in my life. Yet it’s a work of passion and for the love of what you do. It’s a challenging and ever-changing industry and once you think your on the top of your game your already 10 steps back.
Other genres, I shoot anything. Absolutely love landscapes and sports. Nothing better than zooming in on a 7 or 8 year old’s face after he scored his first touchdown. One of my favorite photos is of my son. They had just lost a hard fought playoff game. His coach had him in his arms and they each had a tear rolling off their cheek. I can only wish I had taken that photo but, I was the coach.
Jett: What or who inspires you as a photographer and in life?
Jeff: I’m inspired everyday by many other photographers. Were all artists in our own right. We all have different views and ways of doing things. Life is my inspiration. In life, well my Dad for sure. Treat folks the way you want to be treated. I live by that. Pretty simple and straight forward.
Jett:What would you change about fashion/glamour/beauty modeling and photography, if you could?
Jeff: Honestly why would I want to change it. This industry offers me everything I could ever want for the work that I do. I love it’s passion and it’s challenges.
Jett: What equipment/elements are essential for you as a glamour photographer, to capture your “best shot”?
Jett: Any other personal goals?
Jeff: To be a good husband, father and friend, everything else will fall in place.
Jett:Tell us about your biggest accomplishment to date or what makes you most proud.
Jett: What advice do you have for new or amateur photographers who want to shoot glamour?
Jett:You have helped many aspiring models see and reach for their potential – what advice would you give those reading today about the industry in general?
Surround yourself with quality and do not settle for less. Remember photos last forever, so never compromise your own values and beliefs.
Jett:What is your favorite quote or mission statement?
Jeff: “Imagination is endless”
Jett:Where can we see more of your work?
For more information and booking contact:
Visions East Photography
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***** Welcome to GlamModelz Magazine, "The Most Glamorous Site on the Internet" ***** Jett Ray is the Managing Editor of GlamModelz Magazine. She has been a post-secondary instructor at local colleges in the Dallas area for over 10 years. Her background in writing comes from a corporate perspective in which had responsibility for composing articles regarding career development and personal-enrichment techniques. Jett is seasoned seminar speaker, event-planner and hostess, in addition to being an experienced model and makeup artist. She has obtained credentials as a Registered Medical Assistant and earned a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences Degree from Dallas Baptist University, with concentration in Psychology and Healthcare Management. Jett is currently a graduate student enrolled in the Master of Arts in Counseling Program at DBU, with the goal of obtaining a Ph.D and establishing a practice in the near future. ****Her love for art, design, colors and beauty began at a very young age and she has been in love ever since! ****Jett is actively involved in Dallas' Glamour, Fashion, Music and Social Scene and can be found networking at various events around the Metroplex. Jett
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