We had the good fortune of connecting with Jason Renaud and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jason, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Growing up my family always went to films! That’s how it started – it was a main pastime of my family and how we all connected when we were all together. Overtime I grew to love and appreciate the visual arts by simply being around it so often. It’s always bore a special significance to me personally and eventually once I started creating visual art and experimenting with video and photo work I couldn’t stop.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I love catching the unexpected – some of my favorite photos I’ve ever shot are ones that were off the cuff, spur of the moment, an idea that had been thought of on set. To me, those are the most real, the most genuine moments for the subject in front of the camera – when they are doing something completely unexpected, caught off guard, having to jump head first into an entirely new concept or idea. It removes that awareness of the camera and over-posing and overthinking and just allows the subject to be themselves, which is truly remarkable. I’m currently most excited about a few long term projects I have in the works! I can’t disclose too much at the time but it’s leading to my first proper art show and I can’t wait to share that narrative with the world. Honestly it’s hard to say how I totally got to where I am today – it’s a bit of a blur haha. It involved a lot of outreach, a lot of free and test shoots, a lot of finding the like-minded people I wanted to work with all the time, matching energies and personalities like puzzle pieces. It’s hard to get into the rhythm and confidence of asking of clients what you deserve, but I realized that the more value you place on your work, the more others will as well. I want my work to be known as honest. Not made for Instagram, not made for an iPhone screen, made for itself.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
With COVID I would say no where ! But when things were safely open, my favorite spots by far were Cafe Stella, a small, lively french restaurant and bar in Silver Lake, the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown LA, and the Vista Theater, my favorite movie theater in LA, featuring some amazing film series and events.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have to dedicate my shoutout to Katy Shayne – an amazing photographer that I met online through a few mutual friends and colleagues. As I was moving to LA, unsure of who to talk too or where to go, she pointed me in the direction of a very talented group of like-minded creatives that have since become some of my closest friends and co-workers in this city. It might have seemed small at the time but it made the biggest difference to me and I truly wouldn’t have kick-started my career in LA if it wasn’t for this small, kind action by a talent that just wanted to help. It made me realize that the best creatives help pull each other up, not tear each other down.
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