Published In St.Maartens – Daily Herald – Out “N About
Photoshoot in Anguilla with Jerome Dupont
Sun, Fun & Incredible Pictures!
By Laura Bijnsdorp
A while back my sister Nina had done an amazing shoot with Jerome Dupont. Besides the breathtaking photo’s that resulted from the shoot, she had also raved about the fun day she had, had with the Anguillian photographer. Being a sweet sister, she had shown Dupont a picture of me, likely batted her pretty blue eyes and mentioned if he ever wanted to do a ‘sister-shoot’ we would love to both head to Anguilla, where he is based at the moment.
When Jerome asked us to come to Anguilla I was very excited, I’m not a model like my sister, and actually feel quite awkward posing in front of the camera. But Jerome and Nina assured me that they would help, make me feel comfortable and most of all we’d just have fun!
So on a Friday afternoon we took the ferry to Anguilla leaving from Marigot. In about 30 minutes we had arrived. Jerome and his brother Jeron, who would be helping with lighting were waiting in the parking lot. Soon we were driving towards our first location and joking around. It was a joy to work together with Jerome and Jeron. I was nervous, but Jerome coached me through the process with an eye for detail. Besides the pleasant shoot, the two brothers also showed us a few gorgeous hidden spots on Anguilla.
During our drives from location to location, I took the time to ask Jerome more about his career and love of
How did you fall in love with photography?
I was always fascinated by images. There are many talented photographers on Anguilla, the island where I am from. Years ago I got my hands on a Nikon D40, although it was a great camera I could not quite get my pictures to look like those I saw on the internet or those taken by local photographers. I started to research more and more. The more I learnt the better I became at taking photographs. One evening I decided to take my camera to a friend’s party. I was very excited to try the things I had learnt and for the first time my images started to look like those of a professional photographer. The foreground of my images where sharp and the backgrounds where blurred. Later in my career I would learn that this technic is called “BOKEH”. I was very excited about what I had created and from that moment my love for camera’s and photography never died.
b>When did you become a professional photographer?
It was my plan to eventually become a professional photographer. I did not know how long it would take. So I set a rule for myself to become a full-time photographer one year after I started. However, my hard work and luck paid off before that time! Within the first year I was published four times by magazines in New York & Toronto.
Where do you gain the inspiration for your shoots?
Inspiration is all around me. The Caribbean is beautiful place; you cannot help but be inspired by the many beautiful sites around you.
What is your favorite type of photography?
Beauty, Editorial & Lifestyle Photography.
What are the most important aspects of a photo shoot?
Expression, background & lighting. Expression is very important especially when dealing with models. You basically have to become a director in that scenario and if the model is a good actress, there’s a great chance we can create magic. If the model is not a great actress then I have to dig deep as a director to ensure the images come out great.
Can anyone be a model?
Yes! While this can be a very lengthy discussion in explaining my reason for saying YES, we just have to remember There are numerous types of modeling such as: Print Modeling, Commercial Modeling, Runway, Fitness Modeling, High-Fashion Modeling, Catalog, Hand Modeling etc. So it all boils down to the type of modeling you want do or the type that chooses you.
What would your advice be to others that want to pursue professional photography?
You have to be passionate about the craft. You have to be prepared to make sacrifices especially financially because equipment is very expensive. Technology improves rapidly so there will always be the next best thing on the market. But remember as good as technology is as a photographer you should learn the fundamentals first. Some of which includes composition, lighting, contrast, etc.
The day and the shoot went by so quickly;
We had to hurry to get back in time for the last ferry ride. We waved Jerome and Jeron goodbye, after making sure they both promised to come visit us on Sint Maarten soon. A few days later, Nina and I both were ecstatic to receive the gorgeous photo’s Jerome had created. “D*** he made me look good!” I thought, staring at the unknown model in the pictures on my screen.
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