Jason is a music and wedding photographer based out of Prairie, Kansas. Not only an image creator, but also a fellow leather artisan, Jason is the owner of Prairie Goods and founder of Bonfire, a space filled with local artisans and photographers from Prairie Village, Kansas. I met Jason about 4 years ago and he has been an inspiration to not only myself but many other photographers from around the country. His music photography has been published in magazines and sites all over, and his unique style of capturing moments translates perfectly into his wedding work. We are very honored to have chatted with him and to have him as one of our featured artists.
What is your name and studio?
Jason Domingues Photography
How long have you been in business?
I have been shooting since I was 15
Music - 19 yrs
Weddings and Portraits – 11yrs
Tell us about yourself?
I grew up in small town called Briston, Rhode Island. I joined the Army when I was 20 and ended up at Fort Riley Kansas where I met my beautiful wife Allison. We have been married for 19 years and we have to amazing kids, Avery and Calen. We have made our home in Kansas City and I never want to leave. I truly believe KC is the country's best kept secret.
How long have you been a photographer?
What type of photography do you do?
How did you get into photography and what is your preferred style?
My step dad gave me his dads Yashica TL-Electro 35mm camera and I immediately fell in love.
The music photos started a few years before the weddings and portraits. I cut my teeth on the music scene by shooting great 90’s punk/rock bands like Green Day, NOFX, Blink 182, Bad Religion, Rancid, Pennywise, MXPX, Beastie Boys (yes they were punk before the rap stuff). I have cut back on touring, but still shoot a lot locally. One of my favorite memories thus far was having my 12 year old daughter shoot her first concert with me. She was 11 at the time, and we shot The Black Keys together. I will remember that night forever.
Shooting weddings actually started by accident. A friend asked me if I would shoot his wedding and I said, "As long as I can shoot it my way!" Thankfully he said yes, and I shot the wedding and never looked back. To this day I pick my clients (and they pick me) based on those terms. I still get all the typical “wedding shots”, but my clients let me jump out of the box a little bit more. That's where the really good stuff comes from.
What’s in your bag?
Canon 6D with a 24mm 1.4
Canon 6D with a 85mm 1.8
Bag – Think Tank belt system thrown over the shoulder with a (2) Skin Body Bags and R U Thirsty bag attached to it.
In the bag I have a 16-35 2.8 (just in case I get into a place where I cant move)
Canon 580 Flash
Think Tank Pocket Rocket
Trillo & Son's Double Bresson straps
What would you never leave home without?
My Iphone - It has everything I need on it for the day
What/Who inspires you?
Kids – They’re fearless
What is your favorite food?
Anything home cooked. I grew up in a Portuguese family and I can still smell my grandmothers cooking.
Favorite Superhero? Why?
Sorry have to go villain on this one – Doomsday ( see the super power answer for why. )
If you had a super power, what would it be?
Apotheosis – To be able to die and come back as a new form and new abilities is kinda cool
Star Wars or Star Trek?
Star Wars – Star Trek was too weird for me.
Do you have an idol or someone who you look up to?
Anyone that says F it and does it their own way is my idol. I really do believe in this.
What is something you would tell your younger self?
Quit the day job earlier. We have been fulltime for 7 years
Recently I saw an image that you posted of a bridal portrait. It a beautiful image of a close up of and shot through her veil. What's the story behind that image?
It was a shot I did for her sister's wedding and she said she wanted one too...So I was trying to out do her sisters' shot LOL
this is her sisters...
Do you have a favorite image? If so can you tell us the story behind it?
I was asked back in 2009 to shoot a wedding in Las Vegas with John and Dalisa Cooper of www.earth13.com . I was honored at the chance, to not only photograph this wedding, but to be asked by my mentors/friends to work alongside them. Dalisa put me in charge of the step and repeat portion of this night….oh yeah, and the wedding was for one my favorite bands, Slipknot's lead singer, Corey Taylor. Just a minor detail. Everyone that I grew up listening to was at this wedding. So I was already nervous walking into it, and now I had to see every single one of them at the step and repeat. Everything was going nice and smooth, when I noticed this couple walk into the photo area. I quickly noticed her tattoos (kind of an addiction of mine), so I started to talk to her about them. The gentleman who was with her wasn't having any of that. He just wanted to get to the party and didn't want anything to do with this. He then started to insult me. I had no idea who this guy was or why he was being so mean. So this is where my ego kicked in and I said (to myself) “Screw it. I'll just delete him in camera.” But I didn't. For some reason, something said “don't”. Now this is where everything changed for me. I eventually realized that everything I shoot is for a reason. This photo was not a great photo. Just a simple portrait of 2 people, (well, 3 people...see hand on belly). I found out a few weeks later that Paul (Slipknot's bassist) had passed away, and this was the only image ever taken of the 3 of them. My heart sunk. I tell this story a lot, because we all get wrapped up in the perfect image or the perfect light or the perfect clients. But what we are doing is far more important than all of that. We are creating real memories for people, and also stories for people who are not even here yet. I am not saying to not go out and shoot all that other stuff. Just remember the real reason why we do what we do.
I have two of them. They go together.
“People….are basically….S**T” – Grandpa Joe
“If you are an a$$hole you don’t get to defend yourself” – Jenny Solar
Books or films?
“When Christians Get It Wrong” - Adam Hamilton
Too many to choose
What’s the first thing you do every morning when you wake up?
What tips would you give current professionals and some who is just getting started.?
Keep pushing doing what you love…when you stop loving it get out.
Where can people find you?
What straps do you use? Why?
The Double Bresson. As a leather maker myself I really admire good craftsmanship. It is the only strap I use now because of the ease of shooting with it. The way it hugs the shoulders when the camera is by my side. I make camera straps and I still choose to use Trillo's straps.
Thank you so much for the support and for taking the time to chat with me. You have been a great inspiration not only for myself, but many other photographers in the industry. Beyond that thank you for the support of Trillo & Son and for the inspiration.
Check out some work of Jason's work below and make sure you check out his imagery and beautiful leather work.
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