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Success and Charging Through – 5 key points to realize you ARE “doing it.”

Today I stumbled upon an old post from Chase Jarvis and it hit button.  It’s a summation (or at least a great list) of directing ourselves success and avoiding negative energy.

  The Hit List: 13 Things Crucial for Success ( In any field) 

  1. If it occasionally hurts  then your probably doing something meaningful.

Let’s face it!  It’s scary shit out there when you are doing what all your friends and relatives either say “wow” or “whoa” to.  Doing what you love, making a dream come to reality, believing in yourself – it’s not for the faint of heart or those with lack of resolve.  The analogy that I use is that of surfing a wave.  First you have to get wet and get pummeled a few times before you can stand up.  Then you ride a few bigger waves.  It’s a rush.  You’ve accomplished something, people are watching on the beach, you’re stoked – whatever!  Then you ride a few more, charging bigger and newer waves.  You get pummeled even harder. Point is, there are times when you’re riding a big freaking wave and the universe is riding on your shoulder shouting “This is it, this is what you live for!”  then you fall and your in the impact zone getting punished and having trouble breathing or fighting for your survival.

Happiness in Success: Now here’s the kick.  It’s obvious that not everyone surfs or even pursues there dreams for that matter.  They stay on the beach and watch from there.  They don’t get pummeled – But they don’t get to make rides with the universe either.

I view being an artist and entrepreneur akin to being that surfer.  So what happens when you continually ride bigger waves?  Well, you get better.  You crash harder.  Yes.  But you also start to need bigger waves to get the same rush.  My point is that there is quite a balance of charging and crashing and being present on the wave you’re on.

After a decade of pushing my creative art and businesses with all my heart and energy, I’ve many times stressed myself to the maximum to continue to achieve higher and bigger goals.  This has come to me sometimes at the price of realizing that success is where I’m at at the moment.  I now am certain that there is NO where else I can get to but where I’m at at this moment.  I have often thought that if I work a bit harder I will get “There.” To some point beyond where I’m at now.  When over time I as I get closer to “There,” that point moves further out or up or whatever.  See what I mean.  The point keeps moving.  In fact it never arrives because there is no there!  There is only the path we are on, this moment.

Checking in on the Why?:  Years ago at the beginning of my career in commercial photography I read an article by photographer Doug Menuez.  The article was about burnout and how to stay creative and inspired in shooting growing as a creative, while producing the art and artistic needs of others (i.e. being a commercial artist)  At the time I didn’t have that much experience in the commercial world and was very much excited by the newness and adrenaline the industry.  Well after about 8 years and some nice successes, it began to creep up on me.  The question I started asking myself was the one Doug was speaking to:  Was I shooting for me or my clients?  Was my style mine or my clients?  Was this fun anymore or drudgery?  Could I put my heart and soul into work for those that didn’t have heart and soul?

Being there now: As for Chase Jarvis and other great entrepreneurs and artists, I don’t know their secret sauce for inspiration and success is exactly.  I do know they all have a surfer mindset.  They are able to continually charge, yet continually draw new energy and inspiration.  And I’m sure in order to carry this energy over time they are able to stay present in the moment and know that they ARE doing it right now.  It’s not about getting there.  It’s about being there now.

 

 

 

 

Photography / Video Assistant – Summer / Fall Internship

Summer / Fall 2014

Jared Cruce studio is currently offering an exciting professional internship opportunity.  The internship is designed as a unique hands on working experience with a national commercial photographer and filmmaker.  Interns will gain experience and insight into what it takes to work in the real world including the creation process, business (marketing / web marketing), production and delivery.  Interns will be required to work on “real” projects and inject their energy and passion into them.  This is not a film or photography workshop but you will learn as much as you put into it.

Previous interns have gone on to part and full time paid positions with the company including traveling with the production crew on some 3o+ national jobs last year.  We are also now in the process of interviewing for paid assistants.  If you have prior experience with professional photography or video production please let us know.

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Intern with us!

Requirements:  Minimum

Time: One week-day per week commitment minimum.  June – November*
*We are willing to work around the right candidates schedule.

Knowledge: While previous knowledge will be considered a valuable asset, passion, fun attitude, ability to work long days when necessary and the “do whatever it takes” attitude is most important.  To be successful in this position, you need to be flexible, play well with others, determined and willing to do what it takes to get the job done…even under pressure.  When it’s done we like to celebrate our success so having fun is critical!

Interests / Experience: If you are passionate about photography, motion film (video), lighting, photo / video editing, After Effects, web design (word press), and social media you qualify.

Especially sought after skills:  video editing (Adobe Premiere Pro), Adobe After Effects, Digital Animation and Illustration.

See what we do and who we are!


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Jared Cruce studio – Professional Internship

Winter / Spring 2014

Jared Cruce studio is currently offering a professional internship opportunity.  The internship is designed as a unique hands on working experience with a national commercial photographer and filmmaker.  Interns will gain experience and insight into what it takes to work in the real world including the creation process, business (marketing / web marketing), production and delivery.  Interns will be required to work on “real” projects and inject their energy and passion into them.  This is not a film or photography workshop but you will learn as much as you put into it.  Previous interns have gone on to part and full time paid positions with the company including traveling with the production crew on some 3o+ national jobs last year.

Climbing the mast on the Botswain's Chair.

Intern with us!

Requirements:  Minimum

Time: One week-day per week commitment minimum.  January – May 31 2014.

Knowledge: While previous knowledge will be considered a valuable asset, passion, fun attitude, ability to work long days when necessary and the “do whatever it takes” attitude is most important.  To be successful in this position, you need to be flexible, play well with others, determined and willing to do what it takes to get the job done…even under pressure.  When it’s done we like to celebrate our success so having fun is critical!

Interests / Experience: If you are passionate about photography, motion film (video), lighting, photo / video editing, After Effects, web design (word press), and social media you qualify.

Especially sought after skills:  video editing (Adobe Premiere Pro), Adobe After Effects, Digital Animation and Illustration.

See what we do and who we are!


Internship Application and Contact

Please fill out the form for application consideration. We will contact selected candidates for personal interviews.
  • Please enter your message here and we will respond back as soon as possible.
  • If you have videos just insert a link to youtube or vimeo in the Web Link Box below.

TrackTown12 – a mini doc

Last year we were hired by Jay Jones and Squiddl to shoot motion film (HDDSLR video) at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field trials in Eugene, Oregon.  Over sever rainy, cloudy, sunny and amazing days we shot athletes, inspiration and tribulations.  I’ve  shot pro sports, x-games, and major college football but this event was something magical.  I’ve tried to explain to people what it is like to shoot amateur athletes that are competing in a win or go home situation.  Then seeing mom’s and dad’s, kids, girlfriends and boyfriends, embrace athletes with the passion and emotion that nothing except the Olympics can instill.

It was emotional even for me, sitting in the field mere feet from the action.  Well, Jay nailed it and was able to express everything I couldn’t in the final piece TrackTown12 – A Mini Doc.  Check it out.  Share it!  Nice work Jay!

TRACKTOWN12 | 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field from SQUIDDL on Vimeo.

Portrait: Super Rad Chris Korbulic in this month’s 1859 magazine

1859 Mag Cover (March/April 2013)

1859 Mar/Apr 2013 Cover

On February 1st, my assistant and I packed up our gear and drove up I-5 to a familiar location.  The Rogue River is an icon here in Southern Oregon and this Oregonian waterway is where we met up with native Oregonian Chris Korbulic.  Being a kayaker and river runner myself, I had loosely followed Chris and his good friend Ben Stookesberry’s ridiculously courageous exploits, running not only some of the most difficult rivers in the world but running them in such out of the way and logistically challenging areas of the planet.

1859 Oregon’s Magazine hired us to spotlight a local athlete and we knew just the person to call for the shoot.  Chris is from Rogue River, OR and grew up kayaking with his parents. Since his first trip down the Rogue he has been around the world on kayaking expeditions.  The 1859 article highlights the local explorer and his incredible experiences from Africa to the Himalayas and back to the Rogue and High Sierra rivers.  His African expedition with Ben Stookesberry and Hendri Coetzee was captured in the documentary film, Kadoma.  A present-day expedition of a river in Africa that had never been kayaked before these three men took to the water.  It’s an incredible story of an unknown experience and tragedy.  Check out Chris’ blog for more first-hand experiences from his expeditions.

We spent 2 hours shooting on the bank of the Rogue.  Chris told us about all the time he’s spent on the water and how the Rogue would always be special to him.  He said after that first Class III experience he was hooked and wanted to run rivers as often as he could.  I’ve been lucky to shoot quite a few athletes that I would call world class.  Chris definitely fits this category, but he really fits the category of world class inspiration.  He’s a perfect blend of humility, focus, skill, and big dreams.  It was a blast being able to shoot Chris back in the place where it all started for him.  Thanks to 1859 Magazine, our photo editor Aimee and Chris for an awesome story!

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Shoot breakdown:  We shot this on a cloudy day and wanted to take advantage of the natural “softbox” that was happening for us.  However, I wanted to just ever so slightly give Chris a little definition and pop.  We shot this with the canon 5dmkiii and the  70-200 IS II, with an 5′ diffused octa on a boom off to camera right .  It was pretty wet and the rocks were quite slippery so keeping it simple was part of the plan.  Shooting in this environment is about keeping it as simple as you can.  I go by the quote of “the most dangerous place on the river is getting in or out of your boat.”  Moss, water, sharp, big rocks, sand and a moving river all add up to a good way to take a big digger or break some perfectly good gear.

Creativity

Creativity is the impetus behind any given act of creation: inventions, compositions, etc. It is a fundamental human compulsion and largely related to notions of what separates human from machine intelligence. – Wikipedia

Thought I would share this video.  I think the compelling part about it is that I really can’t classify it – is it commercial, part narrative, fine art.    I really think it stands out not only for the cool timelapse / stop motion effects, but that it does have a story.  And, that’s what I find so grueling with a lot of the work I see on YouTube and the internet -there is no story.  In fact that goes for TV.  Perhaps is because the filmmaker is from Europe, where Europeans have an easier time creating great stories first and then applying great filmmaking second.   Credit to Filip Piskorzynski @ polaroidface.com.  Even his website is different -kinda dark and mysterious to creepy – reminds me of the band Tool.

Anyone have any idea how he did this affect?  I’m thinking he shot video and removed all frames that had her touching the ground.  I don’t think time lapse would work as the frame rate would not be fast enough.  This would seem to be a pretty labor intensive process!  My favorite part is where the clothes are flying onto her body while she is in the sand dunes.  If any one has a breakdown on how this was done I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Assignment for Mental Floss Magazine

Mental Floss March/April Cover

March/ April 2013 Issue

Mental Floss magazine asked us if we’d like to shoot a story for them on an “animal crime lab.” It sounded cool and we said “hell yes.” It turned out to be one of the most interesting and possibly bizarre shoots we can remember doing in a while.    With a great deal of creative freedom to shoot and a copy of the story, we walked into U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, Oregon.   We got the royal grand tour (which isn’t open to the public) of the facility with Ken Goddard, the Lab’s Director.  (You’ll read more about him in this article.)  The tour took us through evidence rooms, necropsies in progress, DNA testing equipment, a machine that can lift finger prints off of things that have been underwater???  And, other fascinating rooms including rooms to fire off guns into a tank of water to do ballistic tests.  This lab is the only one of its kind in the nation and they do some crazy cool detective work to solve crimes against wildlife, here in the U.S. and throughout the globe.

The work that these scientists do here is impressive.  Plus the stories we were told were freakin crazy and involved worldwide crime syndicates, major busts and of course the real crowd pleaser, CSI where real bad guys get caught by super unreal forensic work!  Read this story!  We shot the nation’s top veterinary pathologist, Tabitha Viner, do a necropsy (an animal autopsy) on a golden eagle that had been through a wind turbine.  We asked if she could fake like wings were attached so we would know it was a bird.   (See the picture on the last page of the Golden Eagle’s talons.)  In the morphology room we shot alligator purses and ash trays made from elephant feet, monkey hands and of course tiger skulls. Read the story?  The story mentions tiger penis’ but we didn’t see one of those and I can’t decide if I’m bummed or relieved by that missed op!  Potential testosterone builder?

Thank you to Ken, Tabitha, and all those who take on the job of solving the crimes against our globe’s birds, fishes, and animals!  Sort of like an animal Lorax facility.  And thanks to Winslow Taft our Art Director and Rob Culpepper for giving us this assignment.  Lastly, we’d highly recommend checking out the Mental Floss T-shirt’s for sale and can say they are pretty damned funny!

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Way Off the Beaten Path Travel Writer: Vanabonds

Peter Barry

Here at Jared Cruce studios we’re always looking for things that inspire us.  From a great cup of coffee to off the chart artists, inspiration is what keeps us moving and on our toes.  If you’re looking for some personal and perhaps visionary inspiration on how to throw your cell phone into the proverbial lake and set out into the wild blue yonder (i.e. radically change your life and do what you’ve always dreamed of.) look no further than the Blog of our friend Christina Ammon – Vanabonds.

Her blog shares her story as she travels the world on a low budget and describes her travel style as “near to the ground, cheap, and [involving] no agendas, no guidebooks, no home base and little money.” Many of us dream of this type of commitment to a pursuit of adventure and exploration but fail follow through with it. As one blog reader once stated: “I’m glad you are doing it so I don’t have to.”

Her adventures were recently written up on Oregonlive at we’re hoping her blog continues to blow up.  It’s definitely a fun read and puts the world of facebook updates and never ending tweets sort of in a “what the f@#!” is my life all about perspective.  The blog features stories of her travels while living out of her van in various countries (16 thus far).

Chris and I have done some editorial assignments together (her as a writer) and she has hung her hat in Ashland on and off for the past decade.  We’re keeping our eyes peeled for her first novel!  When’s it coming Chris?

For further information about Christina check out her Q & A at Oregon live here.

The Environmental Portrait – Photography Workshop

May 18-19, 2013

Spend two days with professional photographer Jared Cruce in ths energizining photographic workshop. From our base in Ashland, Oregon we will prepare for and learn the craft and equipment needed to tackle any location portrait. Then we head out into some of the diverse and eclectic environments around the area. On Day 1, students will learn location assessment, portrait lighting, and techniques for bringing out emotion in their images! On Day 2, students will get to take their imagery up another level by working with professional models and receiving one-on-one instruction from Jared.

Early registration is $215 (which includes a $15 modeling fee) until March 31st, 2013. After that the price goes up to $240.  Register now to capitalize on the discounted price, and to lock in a weekend in beautiful Ashland!

Ashland, Oregon

Ashland, Oregon is an amazing vacation spot with the mountains, Crater Lake, the coast, rivers all right there!  The small town is nestled in the mountains, has all qualities of lodging from B&B’s to inexpensive motels, quaint shopping, awesome dining, Lithia Park and the prolific and award winning Shakespeare Festival.

REGISTER HERE

 

OTHER UPCOMING WORKSHOPS:

SHOOTING / LIGHTING ON LOCATION IN WHIDBEY ISLAND, WASHINGTON

AUGUST 1-4, 2013