Small Talk with Jon Batario

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The one word that describes me would actually be three words “happy-go-lucky”. I just go wherever the wind takes me and live life with little to no worries.

When did you start taking pictures?
I started taking photos around 6 or 7 years ago while traveling to Japan for a friend’s wedding, but it was more for tourist and hobby purposes. I never imagined I would be doing it for a living until 4 years ago when a photographer friend of mine got me involved in one of his photoshoots, and I ended up loving it so I left my full time job and decided to pursue my passion for photography.

What’s the one word that describes you?
The one word that describes me would actually be three words “happy-go-lucky”. I just go wherever the wind takes me and live life with little to no worries.

The best thing about being a photographer?
I’d say the best thing about being a photographer is being able to work anywhere at anytime and sleep in when I want to.

Your most happy moment in life ?
The happiest moments are when I get to travel and enjoy the little things in life with family and friends. I don’t really need much to be happy.

What do you enjoy about working with people?
I really enjoy connecting with people and listening to their stories. It’s fun to hear people’s crazy in experiences and share my own as well.

How do you select your models ?
When it comes to my models, I like having a variety of experience levels. Sometimes I’ll shoot with very experienced ones and sometimes I like to shoot with someone who has no experience at all. You have to see potential in everyone. To be honest, some of my best work were done with models who have little to no experience. It makes things more interesting that way.

Good advice for photographers out there ?
My advice for other photographers is to shoot what you love no matter what and don’t be afraid to try different styles. Change things up once in a while and embrace every moment you can.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?
10 years from now, I hope to be traveling even more and going to more exotic locations. I’ll definitely have my own books and magazines by then. And I’m sure I’ll be relaxing on a nice beach somewhere with my model wife hahahaha!

http://www.jonbatario.com/