About Jason Berry
How did you get started with photography?
It was 2005 and I had just graduated USCG boot camp and picked up my very first digital camera. They sent me to Coast Guard Station Bodega Bay which is located 2 hours north of San Francisco and it was gorgeous there! I literally started snapping pictures of everything around me. I would take pictures just to document the environment around me to then show my friends and family when I came home on leave. One thing that I loved trying to capture was sunsets. I was obsessed and would drive to the beach as much as I could to surf and capture beautiful sunset pictures. Back then my pictures were pretty terrible, I would get lucky once in a while but I didn’t get really good until many years later.
Why wedding photography?
I fell into weddings when a friend asked me if I would photograph their Southern California wedding in the summer of 2010. I said yes! The images came out pretty good and they were really happy. Shortly after that another friend asked me if I could photograph his sisters wedding, I said absolutely, and my journey to become a full time wedding photographer had started.
Did you go to school for photography?
In 2007 I took my very first photography class at Golden West College to learn more about photoshop. That class would be the first of many many photography classes from different schools. I was hooked on photography and just started following my passion to where it led me. From 2008-2010 I attended De Anza College in Cupertino and studied Art History, Black and White Film Photography, Conceptual and Contemporary photography. I spent so many hours in the darkroom, smelling like developing chemicals and perfecting my dodging and burning techniques. From De Anza College I moved back to Southern California and transferred my college credits to Cypress College. My instructors at Cypress pushed me to work hard and become a better photographer. They saw something in me which was probably my burning passion for creating images and the drive to become the best in the class. While I was attending Cypress College a lot of opportunities presented themselves and I jumped at every opportunity to use my skills and my camera. I had the privilege of photographing the President of Cypress College and I also shot several class schedule covers, documented events for the North Orange County School District and working with them to create a catalog of images. In May 2014 I graduated from Cypress College with an Associates Degree in Photography.
What do you do for fun?
This is usually something I ask all my couples. What are those things or activities that you do in your free time that sort of define you? For me its several things including skateboarding, surfing, camping, hiking, swimming, slack-lining, and going on road trips. Most people don’t believe me that I’ve been skateboarding for 21 years! I first learned how to ollie when I was just 13 years old and ever since then skateboarding has been a part of my life. You could say the same for surfing. I remember my parents got me my first surfboard for my 16th birthday and ever since that day I’ve enjoyed riding waves all over California and Hawaii. I don’t surf as much as I’d like to these days, but someday I will move to Hawaii and surf everyday. At a young age my parents instilled in me a love for nature and camping. In just the past few years I’ve camped all over California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah. I’ve camped in the Sequoia National Forest in the snow! Man that was cold! I’ve hiked some of the famous trails in Yosemite Valley and I’ve stayed up all night in Joshua Tree watching meteors streak across the night sky. I have a passion for photographing beautiful landscapes. You’ll see some of my work under the Personal Work tab.
Want to know more about me?
Follow me on Instagram @jasonberryphotography or @berrysadventures
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