I’m Jamey M., and I am an Edmonton-based fine-art and lifestyle photographer. Photography isn’t yet my only profession, but, as anyone who knows me can certainly attest to, it is most definitely my passion. I’ve been a serious photographer for about three years, and have been working semi-professionally since April 2011. Admittedly, I am a little fresh, but through a lot of hard work and a little bit of luck, I’ve already enjoyed more success that I could ever have hoped for as a photographer.
Personally, I’m a bit of a mixed bag. By day, I’m a “suit”. I work as a manager with our provincial government, leading a fantastic team of IT business analysts and lending my experience and knowledge in technology solutions to improve government IT services. Outside of the office, however, I’m a little less, err, stuffy. I enjoy our local arts scene, outdoor adventures, running, mountain biking, playing piano, going to as many live shows as I can afford, enjoying good coffee and desserts and dining, and generally doing pretty much anything that involves the people that I enjoy the most. I’m a friendly, positive spirit and unapologetically silly. But I am also very passionate and hard-working, and I put all that I have to give into just about everything that I do.
Photographically speaking, my interest lies primarily in lifestyle photography (including individual, couple, and family portraits, engagements, weddings, and maternity) and fine art photography for display and exhibition. However, I have a wide range of photographic interests. To date, I have professional experience in commercial, event, food, pet, and musical photography, and a fast-growing interest and future plans in fashion and editorial photography. Recently, I have been fortunate enough to combine my passion for wedding photography and fine-art photography through a number of editorial wedding photo projects for the purpose of publication, working with an amazing team of creative directors and designers, stylists, florists, makeup artists, and hair designers. Personally, my photography interests include photographing historic homes and buildings, urban photography, photographing street art, abstract photography, landscape and nature photography, and travel photography, to name a few.
I am very grateful for how kind my work in photography has been to me, and because of this, I love to give a little back. I love to donate my photography time to local not-for-profit organizations and initiatives. And I love to give other budding and promising photographers an opportunity to learn and grow by employing them as a second photographer on some of my projects.
My philosophy to lifestyle photography is simple. I like my work to be honest and personal. I like to build relationships with my clients and get to know them and their stories and show this through my photos. I pride myself on helping them be comfortable in front of the lens so I can capture them earnestly being the wonderful people that they are. Together, I like my photos to tell a compelling and captivating story, while having each photo stand on its own as a piece of art.
Well, “Jamey M.” was my nickname in grade school. I had the misfortune of sharing the same first and last name as a classmate, so to tell us apart, we were referred to by our first name and middle initial – I was Jamey M. (for Marcel), and he was Jamie D. It’s been a long time since I’ve shared a classroom with him, and for the most part, I’m no longer known as Jamey M. But it’s a fun little tidbit about me that I’ve enjoyed, so I decided to use the Jamey M. moniker for my photography.