Meet ViewBug Pro member jasebrinker who, thanks to photography, has become more outgoing.

What inspired you to be a photographer?

My biggest inspiration would definitely be my kids. From capturing memories on vacations to their actions on the field with sports, my kids are definitely my biggest inspiration.

What was your first camera and what do you shoot with today?

My first real camera was a Pentax film camera that I used for a black and white photography class in college. My camera today is a Nikon D610.

When someone looks at your photos, what do you want them to take away from it, what are you trying to communicate?

Any time someone looks at one of my photos and says “Wow!”, I know I’ve done something worthwhile. If I can invoke an emotion from a client or just someone seeing some of my work for the first time then I know I’m on the right track.

What is it that you love about photography?

I love catching memorable moments and I love to be able to show people the way I see things.

What has photography done for you?

Photography has definitely helped me to become a little more outgoing. I can’t really expect a client to let me capture them and their own unique personalities without opening myself up a little more.

Do you try to be conceptual or do you prefer to show the feeling behind a photo?

I prefer to show the feeling behind a photo. It gives everything a more personal perspective on things.

How do you describe your style?

Relaxed. Fun. Different.

If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why?

70-200 2.8, It’s perfect for portraits and sports.

What are your 3 tips for others who want to become better photographers?

1. Learn your camera inside and out.
2. Learn the exposure triangle.
3. Never stop learning/improving.

Have you received negative feedback from your work? What did you do about it?

You can’t please everyone all the time, you also can’t let it stop you. If it was a mistake you made, own it. If it’s one person that just doesn’t like your work, I promise you’ll find ten that do. Learn from it. You’ll always have some detractors. Just shrug it off and keep going, sometimes easier said than done, though.

Where did you learn to take photos?

Besides some very basic things in college, I am primarily self taught.

Raw vs jpg and why?

Raw! It gives a distinct advantage in post processing.

What do you carry in your camera bag?

Sigma 70-200mm f2.8
Tamron 24-70mm f2.8
Nikkor 50mm f1.8
Extra batteries and SD cards
Business cards

If you could have the gift of a great photographer who would it be and why?

Although I admire and follow a lot of great photographers, I’d prefer to, one day, set my own personal mark on photography.

What is the most common mistake you see people making when shooting these days?

Lack of connection with their subjects. I understand that there are a lot of people who just aren’t fond of having their picture taken, but as a photographer, it’s also your job to get the client comfortable enough with you to get the best results possible.

What is your dream location to shoot?

Any nice warm beach! Also just about any sports venue.

How do you decide on where to shoot a photo?

It’s definitely a collaboration with the client. Their desires play a big part of where to shoot.Families tend to prefer more of a scenic background. Individuals tend to pick locations that mesh a little better with their personality.

What is your goal with your photography?

To leave a lasting impression. And maybe even one day teach photography.