Atlanta, GA – Art Institute,
Digital Film Production Major Student “Valencia Connor”
Interviews Our Lead Photographer “Jerome Dupont”.
1.What attracted you to this industry?.,
The possibility to be creative. I love how photography allows me to express myself. Any joy, pin whatever, I can bring it through the lens. In addition, the artistic aspect is very exciting for me. There is nothing like getting the lighting and composition just perfect.
2. What do you see as possible next steps for you?,
My next steps involve being more aggressive at marketing myself and my work. I want to travel to some major cities and network as well as work in different environments. It’s all personal and professional development.
3. What career expectations do you have in the short and long term?.,
Short term, I’d like to see my work get more attention in the state and perhaps throughout the south. Long term, the sky’s the limit. I’d like to be known not only for my editorial work, but my artistic spin. I want to create a real lasting impression across several audiences.
4. What are your primary responsibilities?,
Photographer, at times stylist. Heck I even know a little about makeup.
5. How do you spend your time?,
Practicing and researching. You can never learn too much.
6. How do you value/measure your results and effectiveness?,
Interesting question. I think that as artists we are always critiquing ourselves. However, its easier when it comes to client based work. I am satisfied when my clients give me that “wow” reaction. Artistically, I get satisfaction when I learn something new and I am able to execute without assistance.
7. What do you do in a typical day or week?,
I shoot. Whether it’s a job or practice. I try to learn by trial. I am always thinking of new scenarios. I like to experiment and do things I have never seen. I may light an entire set and use a chair as the subject just to test the lighting. If it comes out well, you can believe that that setup or lighting will be used with a model or a commercial concept.
8. How much time are you in meetings, on the phone, on the road, and working in teams versus working independently?,
Work flow depends on several things. I shoot both here and in the Caribbean. In the Caribbean my network is stronger so I have much more help. I am slowly building and connecting here in Florida though. I love the possibilities that the state has to offer. I do a lot of my own administrative work, so I am always on the phone, booking, negotiating or sometimes soliciting work or simply marketing my work.
9. What skills are most critical to your success?,
Definitely organization. You have to be highly organized to make this work. Also a well trained eye. The more you pay attention to detail the better you will be at this craft.
Thanks for reading!.