“ You’ve got to push yourself harder. You’ve got to start looking for pictures nobody else could take. You’ve got to take the tools you have and probe deeper."
– William Albert Allard
Toward the end of my U.S. Air Force career I fell in love with photography. At the snap of the shutter I discovered a world of creativity I’d never experienced before. As a musician, I recognized a stream in photography quite similar to that in music.
Concluding that photography would be my occupation/business for the rest of my life, I consumed myself with learning as much as possible about the craft. Understanding the principle of a firm “foundation”, I enrolled in the Photographic Technology Program at Pensacola State College. I learned a great deal about the craft and graduated with honors distinction Cum Laude.
Awarded by the Okaloosa County School District, I attained a great knowledge of photojournalism while photographing various district events. Wanting to expand, I worked as a second shooter covering weddings. My passion for wedding photography opened the door for me to work as a full-time wedding photographer and partner at Destin Beach Photography & Video Company in Destin, Florida. Seizing the opportunity to expand, I started J. Parker Photography & Design in January 2014 and haven't looked back.
The subject(s) of my fine art photography are vast. With every image I seek to go beyond the shot. Knowing my subject, paying attention to details and allowing my passion to drive gives way to a stream of creativity. As an artist I genuinely want to produce art that goes far beyond the first look.
What makes an image "Fine Art"? As in many forms of art the aesthetic beauty and artistic definition assigned by the artist. The validity of that definition is if you perceive it to be so!
Get it right in the camera...! Even when you get it right, there is usually some level of editing or enhancement needed to create a unique image. Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard for image editing.
Page design and typography is an art in itself. Brochures, pamphlets, business cards, flyers and posters are but a few items to be produced with Adobe InDesign.
If you've ever studied popular logos like the Nike swoosh or the NBC peacock, they were more than likely created with vector software. Vector graphics are flexible and retain quality. Adobe Illustrator is the most popular vector illustration software available.
All fine art images in the portfolio section can be purchased on fine art paper or canvas. Standard and square sizes are available. If you require image retouching, web design, typography or graphic design services please use the contact form for any and all inquiries.
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