I am an internationally published adventure photojournalist living in the mountains surrounding Jackson, Wyoming who started my professional life after college as a formally trained architect. There was something about the corporate world within architecture that just didn’t work for me. Instead of complaining or continually living a life that didn’t make me happy, I built a business of my own creation, one that opened the doors to the world.
I easily spend six months out of the year traveling the world creating stories about riding bikes on dirt, skis on snow, and anything along the way that is outdoor driven or related. Some of my recent clients include Audubon, Bike, Dirt Rag, National Geographic, Outdoor Photographer, Powder, The Sierra Club, and many more.
I am also a continual contributing photographer and/or writer to Dirt Rag, Bike, Powder, Backcountry, The Ski Journal, and Outdoor Photographer magazines.
So let’s begin with what I feel an “About Page” or “Bio,” is besides the obvious ego-fluffing, “pick me,” “look at me,” emptiness? It is the embodiment of an artist’s work, right? This is the page on the website, in the jacket of the book, or at the end of the article where I get to tell the world that I am the top dog, the means to all ends, the shit.
But what does this get you? Where does it take you? Yeah, people read a bio to answer the questions, “Can this guy produce for me? Is he is going to be money well-spent, or is he going to drop the ball and make the world come crashing down?” I get it. You need a resume or something like that.
The reality of being a photographer or “artist” today is that it is a struggle. What is it that would make a person pursue this mission? I don’t know how many times I have been told that I am envied, only thirty seconds later to be told how stupid I am. Lazy. Get a real job. What is a real job by the way? Waking up at 5 am, dreading another day at the office and in the cubicle? You’re right, that is as real as it gets. And completely not for me.
There is an indescribable urge in my gut 99% of my waking hours. It is almost an unrest. A tension. There is something inside that needs to come out, and no I’m not talking about needing to use the loo. I see things, feel things, and want to show my world vision to others, because the reality of life is that no one sees this place exactly the same. Some people just have more of an urge to convey their unique vision to others.
I could sit here and write some professional historical hoopla about ALL the publications, ALL the awards, ALL recognition I have achieved, and yeah, you might be impressed, but what the heck does that have to do with you? I want to speak to you about the real me. The guy who loves his family to death, but doesn’t necessarily always show it. The guy who is moody and uses that emotion to further push his creative thought process. The guy who heads off to cloud nine when on a quad shot, 12 ounce, mocha. Or who wakes up like a five year old when it is a huge powder day ready to, in youth speak, “crush it”. Yes I am a professional photographer. Full-time. No joke. You know what, there are tons of us, and many of us are amazing artists. I am in good company and in good competition.
There is no doubt that I love what I do. I am willing to do it 20 hours a day 365 days a year. I am a slave to my art, and driven to continue building a professional reputation. I want my clients to be happy. I want to grow with you and because of you. That is how you truly become a qualified professional. I love the journey. I love creating and being creative. I love both following your direction and suggesting something that you may have never thought of. Although working through the toughest of times is never easy, it too is a reality of being a business owner. And that too promotes growth and stimulates creativity.
I have looked at so many other websites during the creation of this one. I have read all those bios on all those other sites, “so and so has achieved this, they worked with so and so, become such and such.” That is all great, but who are they as people? Can we even talk to them, or does their ego bounce off of the door jambs on the way in?
I want the connection – I want to have a mocha with you, or a great tequila. No, not Jose Cuervo, he is most definitely not a friend of mine. See, we already have something in common. Let’s take the connection further.
Read my Blog or check out my current page of Portfolios – it houses all of my latest work, clients, publications and even a feed of the images that I post daily on Instagram. If you see something that you feel will work for you, contact me. I don’t believe every project warrants a $20,000 price tag, but I am also not free. Sorry, experience and knowledge come at a price everywhere in this world, but I also understand the reality of budgets. I look forward to hearing from you and at the possibility of producing content that meets your marketing and promotional needs.
I promise not to sleep on your project either…
And finally, if you want to see my life’s work at this point, type Jay Goodrich Photographer Inc. into Google (click the link, I did the heavy lifting for you) and sit back in your chair for a while. I’m not going anywhere.