In high school, I knew I wanted a career as a photographer, but had no idea what I wanted to shoot. The only thing I was sure about at the time was that I would never shoot weddings! In my sophomore year, I landed my first client, Children’s Hospital of Orange County, and to this day, more than ten years later, CHOC is one of my biggest event clients.
After graduation, I wanted to dive in and learn directly from successful people in the photography industry, so I began an internship with Peter Dokus, a commercial photographer who owns The L.A. Lofts, one of the top daylight studios in Hollywood. Under his mentorship, I had the opportunity to do grip, lighting, first and second assistant work for several well-known commercial photographers, assisting in the studio and on location for celebrity magazine features, clothing catalogs, and music CD cover shoots.
After my internship ended, I had a different way of seeing photography: I shouldn’t limit myself to one type of photography so early in my career. So, I followed my interests and began shooting event coverage for nightclubs. My images are featured on club promotional materials and nightlife websites.
With a desire to expand my photography knowledge, I gave up the idea of never photographing weddings. I introduced myself to an established Newport Beach wedding photographer who took a risk hiring a 19-year-old who knew nothing about shooting weddings. I began assisting as a second camera, and within a year, began shooting solo weddings and worked as an associate with his company for eight years. In that time, I have shot more than 100 weddings.
Now, the door to Jared Fix Photography is open for business. I’ve found that the clients I’ve worked with have continued to hire me to shoot for them throughout the stages of their significant life events. From engagement photos to the wedding, baby bump portraits to baby portraits, promotional images for a new business venture to photo journaling new construction, family portraits to youth sports and rites-of-passage celebrations. I enjoy capturing the special moments my clients will cherish for years.