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Daily Diary of a Shoot. Day 1 Complete.

My alarm goes off. It’s 3:45 this morning. I snooze till 3:56. Now I’m up, but barely. No shower. Pull on dirty bluejeans. Tshirt. Brush teeth. Some quick math tells me that I’d just enjoyed a luxurious 3 hour and 15 minute night of sleep. Moving. Slowly. And then I remember more clearly. Ah yes..heading out of town again. Excited–but remembered that the cab to the airport is due here in 20 minutes. Finish packing in a hurry. Mental checklist. Breakfast? No time. Auto pilot. I’ve been here a hundred times before. Text message to my phone – cab out front. A first time treat – cab driver and Scott have fresh coffee on hand. It’s 4:14 am and we speed off into the darkness for a 5-something-a.m.-whatever wheels up departure. Again.

You might not be able to tell from the above paragraph, but that was this morning. I’m having that itch again to share the day-by-day guts of another commercial ad campaign with you as best I can with a few words each night. What we’re doing, thinking, feeling. And why. Yours truly, a cast, and a crew during a week-long campaign shoot. I’ve shared BTS stuff from campaigns before (ala the Sandisk shoot in 2009 and the work with Panerai and Mike Horn was great fun too). I’ll be doing that again as best I can this week, but on this trip I’m making an attempt to show more of the underbelly. What goes on. More of the nuts and the bolts. The real decisions, the snafus, the solutions. Take some of the glam out of the hard work we do. In short, report from the trenches.

I’ll do my best to write ‘dear diary…’ every night for 8 days straight, but if all I can muster one night is a sentence and a picture, bear with me. Let’s call it what it is. It’s another experiment. Could work out, could flop. Either way, aiming to share some stuff and have some fun along the way. So let’s get on with it…and back to that cab ride….[the rest of ‘today’, plus some photos to prove it after the jump] Continue Reading →

How Do We Keep Our Rights But Share Our Work?

In a followup to yesterdays post Stolen Photograph: A New Look at an Old Problem, which saw a lot of traffic and great discussion, I thought it would be prudent to share a poignant panel discussion I was recently a part of in NYC that addresses this topic head-on. It’s a dichotomy we all likely are dealing with… Simply put, most of us creatives want it both ways. We want a system that maintains our rights to the work we create while at the same time allows us to spread our work as far and wide as the internet and new media will allow.

How can we have it both ways?

This worthwhile panel discussion called Copyright and the New Economy: Issues and Trends Facing Visual Artists, hosted recently in NYC by, explores precisely these challenging topics. A note on the panelists after the jump… Continue Reading →

Talent is Everywhere: Photography Poetry

This work deserves a more in depth sharing at a later date, but in short I’ve done some recent work with the(RED) project around new ways to document, cultivate and otherwise further explore the intersection of music with film & photography. Things beyond the music video, honestly. Real integration, raw integration that sprouts up organically or from small, simple roots. The particular work I was doing on the day we shot the above was literally in the streets. Emotionally charged. Moving. Powerful. Some solid photos came out (click around here for a couple – more later), but what I was most excited about was that this work led me to meet the above man, and record the above piece live. He wished simply to be called “Corey”. The piece is Photography Poetry .

Talent is everywhere. Continue Reading →

It Ain’t All About You

Whenever us creative types get together, or–come to think of it–even when we’re alone, it’s usually all about “me”, “my”, or “we” or “I”. What is MY next gig, what am I doing to improve MY portfolio, MY solo exhibition, MY client list, MY ad campaign, MY blog, MY bank account, gear locker, self-promo mailer, vision… You get the point. Don’t deny it.

As a result, we can be overly paranoid, competitive, frustrated, cocky, going for broke, indulgent, critical, self-absorbed, self-loathing, self aggrandizing and overly analytical. We spend a lot of time living in our own heads.

But the truth is, we’re way better creatives when we’re better people. Better to ourselves, better to others, better to the world.

I just bumped into a close friend on the way back from my morning coffee. He shook my tree a little bit and told me a quick story in realizing this about himself. The story ended with his re-framing his self-focus into a simple plan to motivate a change. At the wrap up of each day he’s asking himself “what are 3 things I did to make somebody else’s life better today?”

I like that. Perhaps you should too.

New Audio Podcast

Wanted to announce that we officially have a new AUDIO podcast. This Audiocast will feature long form content where my photographer, filmmaker, guests, friends, and/or yours truly are primarily talking…things like all the chasejarvisLIVE interviews (featuring worldclass creative talent), #AskChase episodes, talks, etc.

You can find our audio podcast and/or subscribe to it here on iTunes. If there are another place we should also put it, let us know.

This won’t adversely affect our ongoing video podcast which features downloadable behind the scenes videos from my YouTube channel. [VIDEO podcast is here.] If anything, that will continue to improve. Technology is getting better and we’re getting our systems dialed so expect more–and better–there too. As always, all this stuff is free.

And speaking of getting things dialed in… I was outta town last week. And while I was away–completely unknown to me–Scott, Erik, and Norton decided to rope in an MC buddy of ours, Tilson, to “surprise me” and record a fun audio intro for the new podcast. Tilson is a character, and a man of many words. They filmed this process for a laugh. If you want to check out that video after the jump, hit more or ‘continue reading below’… Continue Reading →

chasejarvis LIVE on Wednesday Feb 9 — Taking Any & All Your Questions.

ask chase jarvisWhenever I give a talk or host a show, I’ve heard from this community time and again that one of the most valuable things is the Q&A wrap up. Straight up. You asking questions and me doing my best to answer them. And not just the “how’d you get started in photography” questions…. we’re talking the hard questions, landing clients, hiring staff, working with challenging clients, legal questions, gear questions, portfolio questions, whatever you can muster…

As such, we’re dedicating and entire 90 minute chasejarvisLIVE show to this topic this Wednesday. We will take some questions LIVE via the #cjlive or #AskChase hashtag on Twitter (follow @chasejarvis here) during the broadcast, however, so that we can be organized and get through as many questions as possible, please frame your questions below in the comments. Don’t be shy. Ask away. Anything is fair game. Whatever it is you really want to know about with photography and video–your questions and the dirty truth.

Who: You, Me + a worldwide gathering of photographers and filmmakers
What: I’ll be answering any/all the questions you can throw at me in 90 minutes
When: this coming Wednesday, February 9th at 10:00am Seattle time (1pm NYC or GMT -8)
Where: just visit
How to get your questions on the show: ASK THEM IN THE COMMENTS BELOW

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Flash Bus Tour: Learn to Light with McNally & Strobist


These guys are a blast one on one. Put them together? Watch out. It’s a combo of awesomeness, mad science, MythBusters and the two guys in the balcony from the Muppets….

That said, if you wanna learn small flash lighting, no doubt this will be a great class and great value… Learn the fundamentals and the tricks of the trade from my homies David Hobby (Strobist) and Joe McNally. Two of the best photography instructors in the biz live out of a bus and teach the world to light stuff: 29 cities and 13,000 miles–kicking off in Seattle this March.

A map of the cities after the jump as well as links to their registration site. Continue Reading →


Friends. My team who run the day to day show over at creativeLIVE have put together an amazing deal for the holidays on photography and video “weekend workshops” from your favorite photography instructors – some of the best in the world: Vince Laforet, Zack Arias, Jasmine Star, David DuChemin, Jeremy Cowart and Tamara Lackey. Single courses are all offered $129 (instead of $149), but the really smokin deal is this: all 6 courses for $399 (that 55% off. whoa.).

They tell me that special offer ends soon. Please support this cool concept. If you’ve thought about buying a class or want an entire year of photography education for one amazing price, me thinks this is for you. More info is here at


chase jarvis _ scott harrison _ charity waterFINAL UPDATE: Thank you, thank you, thank you! Together we raised $5000 — enough to build a fresh water well that will serve 250 families forever–and we did it in under 18 hours. Who makes this possible? YOU and Please check them out and continue to give. Consider asking your friends and family to re-direct what they’d normally spend on your birthday this year and send it to charity: water. 100% (yes you read correctly) of your money goes directly to water projects…0% to administration and other peripheries. Again, many thanks! If you want to continue giving on this campaign, please do–I’ll leave the account open for donations until the end of the year – click here to see our donation page. My most humble gratitude to you and our community here.

NEWEST UPDATE 5:30am Seattle time: We’re at 90% of our goal!! Just $450 short of building a well in Africa in one day with just a few hours left in this challenge. Please help – and please ask your network to help…we can’t do it without your support. Join the photo industry and donate here now. Thank you!
UPDATE: We’ve upped our game and decided to raise enough to build a new fresh water well TODAY TODAY TODAY that will provide water for 250 families. We’re giving ourselves 24 hours to raise $5000. We’re at 20% and need your help to reach our goal. I’d love to go on the air this evening on chasejarvisLIVE and announce that we have succeed already… Please help.

Donate here now – every dollar helps:
TODAY’S Monday December 6th episode of chasejarvisLIVE is not to be missed. I’m not doing a live photo shoot and I’m not interviewing a photographer or a filmmaker. It’s bigger than that. In fact it’s bigger than photography and bigger than creativity. It transcends whatever it is that most of do on a day to day basis.

My guest is Scott Harrison and his story is about bringing clean water to 100 million people worldwide. His plan to do so is via one of the most dynamic and fast-growing non-profits in the world called charity: water.

My pal Michael Hebb (also my partner in Songs For Eating and Drinking) and I met Scott in Washington DC last spring. This man and his message rocked us, and we’re lucky enough to host him on our show just before his story airs on ABC’s 20/20 in ten days…seriously. Scott is an amazing creative mind and a dynamic and engaging speaker. He’s changing the world and his story will light a fire underneath you – whatever your passion might be. You’ll get to meet him on Monday if you tune in – even ask some questions live on the air via my twitter handle @chasejarvis or using #cjLIVE.

WHAT: You, Me, Hebb, Scott Harrison (and his 1.3 million twitter followers)
WHEN: Monday, December 6th at 6:30pm Pacific/9:30 Eastern USA
WHERE: point your browser to

From Fast Company magazine: “Scott Harrison hopes to turn charity: water into an epic brand that brings fresh water to 100 million people in need of something most of us take for granted. His journey is both inspiring and instructional for any entrepreneur.”

We’re trying to build a fresh water well in Africa with this one event in Seattle and online show. A well costs $5000. Please donate here – it’s tax deductible – anything is hugely appreciated.

Follow charity: water on Twitter.
Here’s a link about Scott and charity: water in the NYTimes.
Here’s a link to the lovely charity: water website.

See you Monday evening online.

Fraction Magazine: 100% of Print Sale Goes To Artist

Photo by Todd Walker via Fraction Magazine

Fraction Magazine today launched their annual Holiday Print Sale where, for between $30 and $100 bucks, you can purchase some pretty stunning original photographic art work. I got a DM from them this morning about the sale, went over and took a peek, and was positively struck by a lot of the work.

The hook? The hook is that there is no hook. 100% of the money goes direct to the artist. Just good clean livin there. The karma gods are smiling.

I was thinking that the gift of original artwork is a lovely gift and something you might consider giving over the holidays. Hope you find something you like. I love the shot in the thumbnail above by Todd Walker, and the couple others after the jump by Isa Leshko and Tom Richardson. Be sure to visit Fraction to see lots more and support artists over the holidays.
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Jeremy Cowart Portrait Photography Class on Creative Live

Many of you know the amazing portrait, entertainment, and travel photographer Jeremy Cowart. Well, good news is here: Jeremy is doing a creativeLIVE course on Experimental Portraiture in Photography. The two-day course is December 2nd and 3rd. If you’ve ever wanted to know more about portraits, how to shoot first-time models or what it’s like to photograph celebrities, this is not to be missed. And remember it’s worldwide and it’s free to watch LIVE. There will also be some additional free weekly video check ins leading up, so tune in. Check it out and register here now.

Also super cool is that creativeLIVE have teamed up with Jeremy to broadcast Help-Portrait to a live, worldwide audience on 4 December 2010–the day following Jeremy’s portrait course. And what is Help-Portrait? In case you missed it’s kickoff last year, it’s an annual, global movement of photographers using their time, gear and expertise to give back to those in need. creativeLIVE will be hosting a huge Help-Portrait event from their new studio in Seattle and acting as the worldwide hub for the event, checking in with other Help-Portrait events from cities and countries all over the world and watching things and photos unfold. More details as this continues to comes together.

A video from Jeremy, more on Help-Portrait, plus a is a call out to discover new models after the jump. Hit ‘continue reading’ below… Continue Reading →

Levi’s Photo Workshop: A Community Photography Collaboration Venue

levis2.jpgLevi’s recognizes that photography is absolutely a core component of a new era of creativity. Here’s proof: check out their newest project, The Levi’s Photo Workshop. It’s a community photography collaboration venue located in central Manhattan (18 Wooster St. btwn Canal and Grand). Think free studio space, free camera rentals (even vintage), and a collaborative workspace. Levi’s Joshua Katz says this project is…

“…a way for Levi’s to offer a unique experience based around creativity and learning. Levi’s wanted to celebrate the pioneering creative spirit of artists and craftspeople in a way that would also hopefully turn others on to a new craft. As one of the original American work wear brands…Levi’s has a long standing connection to craftspeople and the workshops reflect a 21st century take on American craft.”

Photos of the space, link to locations after the jump. Hit ‘continue reading’ below: Continue Reading →

One Day On Earth – You Tell the World’s Story

Today is October 10, 2010…or if you’re sharper than me, that would be 10.10.10. And today all across the world, documentary filmmakers, students and inspired people like you are organizing to record the human experience during this 24 hour period and contribute a voice to what looks to be the largest participatory media event in history.

Every country in the world–190 something–are participating, as well as nearly every major NGO…with cameras even being dropped into Somalia, Iran, Mongolia, etc, via UN supply chains. The goal? A global time capsule, a documentary film, a photo book, and some good ol’ creative spirit, among other things… Continue Reading →

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