Interview With Jason Healy A Fashion Photographer – captured by fashion photographer Jason Healy for Flawless Magazine. Styling courtesy of fashion stylist Roxanne Parker. Hair styling by Pavel Solis and make-up by Makeup artist Lesley Ann Wynne. Model LiAnn
Interview With Jason Healy A Fashion Photographer
By Carlotta Buosi
photography: Jason Healy styling: Roxanne Parker hair: Pavel Solis makeup: Lesley Ann Wynne modelling :LiAnn
- Describe to us one day in the life of Jason Healy
Everyday is different. I could be doing anything from shooting an editorial, model test, sorting through previous shoots, meeting potential clients, researching a location for a shoot, retouching, looking for new faces to work with, looking for inspiration, admin and researching. It’s never ending really but I love that.
Which ones are your major sources of inspiration for your work?
Anywhere I guess – mostly I’m inspired by the world around us. There is beauty everywhere. I love to just walk or get lost in nature. I can be inspired by purely technical work but mainly work that makes you feel something. It’s usually paintings, books, poems, music/songs, mythology, culture or just nature itself – something that makes you create your own imagery by sparking your imagination. Talking with others can be very inspiring too. I’ve had pretty vivid dreams since I was a kid. Still haven’t managed to capture them yet.
Do you find Ireland as an inspiring environment for a photographer in general and fashion photographer in particular?
I am very inspired by Ireland, its landscape, mythological roots and the energy. For such a small Country there’s a lot to explore. For fashion – I guess it depends on what you are shooting – Autumn/Winter collections always work well here!
Which would be the first three things you think about when you start shooting?
I would be thinking about how the model looks and how she looks within the environment we are shooting in. I would be thinking about creating a mood or atmosphere. Mmm…Did I put the memory card into the camera? Oh I would be probably be thinking about coffee too.
You have been working for various designers among whom Umit Kutluk, do you enjoy interacting with designers?
Absolutely – I love working with designers. A good part of my job as a fashion photographer is to help sell designers work so it important that the client is happy with results. I enjoyed working with all the designers I have worked with but in particular Polina Yakobson has such positive energy it’s infectious – Polina is a new young Russian Designer who represented Ireland in the ITS awards this year which was judged by Vogue Italia’s fashion editor & Diesel’s creative director.
When you work for a particular designer, do you feel influenced by their aesthetic and they way they’d want you to portray their work?
With all clients, designers included, there’s always going to be a brainstorm session. I will usually work with a stylist and together we will look at the clothes – the shapes, materials, similarities to other brands etc. Every designer already has a story sewn into their garments so we would try to tease that out and not force a story just because we like the location or the idea – it must look natural and believable and all gel together nicely – particularly if it’s an advertorial as opposed to a lookbook.
How would you define your photographic style?
Evolving? Developing? I think too much emphasis on style can be more of an ego thing trying to stand out of a crowd and not just shooting what you see, think or feel – so I don’t worry about it that much. I do like to create shoots with atmosphere, feeling and energy.
Do you usually choose the models by yourself? Do you have any physical aesthetic preferences in the girls and boys you shoot?
If possible yes I will choose the model or it will be a joint decision with the stylist, designer or magazine.
Good cheek bones, deep eyes, tall, healthy body, well maintained hair & nails and skin. Looking healthy, nourished and vital is really important. I like if a model has a unique or different look about them too. Good at moving naturally and the ability to emote/act – There’s a lot more to modeling than just physical appearances.
8. What is of taking portraits that you enjoy the most? Would you define portraiture as a form of fashion photography or do you consider it to be something separate and different from fashion in its features?
Portraiture is a great excuse to banter. Shh don’t tell anyone…
I would say that there are elements of portraiture within fashion photography but portraiture is about the person and fashion photography is about style.
9. What would be your major goal for the future? Where do you see yourself in a ten years time?
I’m a very new photographer so I’m still finding my feet. My goals are simple – keep shooting, be consistent, treat others with respect and be happy. 10 years? Who knows, but shooting for good publications and producing some strong, original work that I can be proud of would be a good start.
Is there anywhere in the world you are fascinated about and you’d like to become a location for a shoot?
There’s still plenty places in Ireland I want to shoot. Outside of Ireland I’m fascinated by Asia and would love to shoot there. It’s quite big I’ve been told J
What would be your idea shooting? If you could choose every single detail of it, what would it be like?
One that goes smooth, and goes somewhat according to plan. I say somewhat because most shoots generally don’t – in particular the ones that I have been most pleased with the results. Happy accidents are great so even though I do prepare, I leave a good bit of it to chance to just play and have fun with, and see what happens.
Neurotic over-planning works for some photographers but I find for me it doesn’t leave room for magic.
12. Which were the biggest love and pain you’ve felt in your life and how have they influenced your work?
Have never really thought about that?! I won’t go into details because we will run out of pages! But, yeah, they have influenced my work in unexpected ways and will probably continue to do so in some way or another.