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Corporate & Annual Report

Corporate & Annual Report

Jason has shot compelling annual report photography for the US Army, Department of Energy, and a number of other clients. What can he do on location for you?
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People & Lifestyle

People & Lifestyle

As a portrait photographer, Jason specializes in keeping his subjects at ease and capturing natural smiles. By building a rapport with his subjects, he makes portrait sessions quick and painless - even for subjects that ordinarily hate getting photographed!
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Wedding & Event

Wedding & Event

When your guests are sober and on their way home, the groom's tux is back at the dry cleaners, and all the leftover cake is eaten, all you have left are the memories of your big day - and the photos! Jason works closely with his brides and grooms (and the parents of both!) to make sure every important moment, big and small, gets captured.
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Street & Travel

Street & Travel

Every place has a story to tell, and strangers aren't just a face in the crowd - they're part of the story! Jason enjoys shooting street candid photos of the quirky and interesting people he meets, in the quirky and interesting places he travels.
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My First Tear Sheet for USA TODAY

Martin Short Tear Sheet

Here is last week’s image of Martin Short in print today in the Life Section of USA TODAY! 2 column, half page height, which is about as big as we ever print ‘em.

This is my first tear sheet for USA TODAY as I’ve been doing a ton of video work for their website… but it’s pretty awesome seeing one’s work in hardcopy.

More to come…

Byline #1

Shooting Martin Short for USA TODAY

Jason Allen for USA TODAY We caught up with Martin Short to discuss his new memoir, his role on Fox's 'Mulaney,' his many characters, and his favorite moment from his time on 'Saturday Night Live.'

Jason Allen for USA TODAY
We caught up with Martin Short to discuss his new memoir, his role on Fox’s ‘Mulaney,’ his many characters, and his favorite moment from his time on ‘Saturday Night Live.’

This past Wednesday, I had the opportunity to shoot one of my favorite comedians – the legendary Martin Short! Growing up in the ’80s and ’90s, I played my VHS copy of The Three Amigos until the video track was fading, and the audio track was barely audible. I must say I loved him as Ed Grimley on Saturday Night Live, and on the subsequent animated series, The Completely Mental Adventures of Ed Grimley. Anytime I need a laugh, his famous Synchronized Swimming skit from SNL with Harry Schearer still puts me in stitches! Sitting across from him and talking to him for a video interview alongside my colleague (Jocelyn McClurg, USA TODAY’s Books Editor) was surreal.

Martin was at 30 Rock, Studio 6B for an appearance on The Meredith Vieira Show. He greeted Jocelyn and I with a tremendous smile, firm handshake, and hearty back slap. While we were getting him settled in, mic’d up, and on his , I chatted with him about his work, and confided that he is one of my all time favorite comedians. He immediately dove into character as Jiminy Glick and started cracking jokes about “that no-talent clown, Martin Short. He was popular in the 80′s for about a minute… Can’t say I’ve seen his work!”. He may dig into others with his jokes sometimes, but Martin Short always gives himself the roughest treatment! My lasting impression of him is that he’s one of the most self-deprecating, grateful, and humble stars I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.

We were given a cozy greenroom to work with for the shoot. When I say cozy, I mean about 8′ wide, and 10′ long. Most of that space taken up by a tired old couch and table with sandwiches and water bottles. With my video gear in there for the interview too, the room was pretty cramped and we had very little time to strike set and reset for photos… so I slapped on a wide prime and made do!

Behind the Scenes of my shoot with Martin Short

Behind the Scenes of my shoot with Martin Short

To minimize background clutter and get a good pose with Martin, I put my back against the wall across from the couch so I could get his shoulders squared with his knees and get a nice, natural, casual pose from him. Since I had no room for a light stand or softbox, I employed a valuable use-the-wall-behind-you flash-bounce trick that I learned from Joe McNally at last week’s Tribeca NYC workshop. (Thanks Joe!) That tip, and Joe’s get-hands-on-with-your-subject advice paid serious dividends when I had literally 15 seconds to shoot Martin Short post-video interview before he had to leave us to go on air!

I made this shot with my trusty D800, and a wide-open Sigma 35mm f/1.4 through 3-stop ND, SB-910 bounced off of the wall/ceiling behind me on an upward 45-degree angle, gelled with 1 cut of CTO to match the room’s tungsten lighting. Simple crop/rotation adjustment and a medium contrast curve in Lightroom, and this shot went to print!

Here’s Jocelyn McClurg’s article on Martin’s book, I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend, and the two accompanying videos that I shot for USA TODAY.

LINK TO USA TODAY

USA TODAY has been keeping me very very busy on the video front; this will be my first printed photo since starting with them in September!

Here’s one more of Martin and his infectious smirk… more to come!

Martin Short

2014 Emmy Awards: And the winner is…

The 2014 Emmy Awards were just announced, and my heart just STOPPED! 2014 Emmy Award WIN

Not one, but TWO awards for DREAM: An American Story!

If you haven’t seen the series yet, VIEW IT HERE without commercial interruption!

Congratulations to our brave and fearless leader, Aldo Bello, and thanks to all who worked with me on this amazing project (especially Ralf Oberti, Michael Lefort, and Christopher O’Leary), and stay tuned for more info on the feature cut! Here’s Aldo with our little gold statues…

Director Aldo Bello with DREAM's Emmy Awards!

Director Aldo Bello with DREAM’s Emmy Awards!

The 2014 Emmy nominations are in!

2014 Emmy Nomination

The 2014 Emmy nominations were just posted, and my heart just skipped a beat! DREAM: An American Story was nominated not once, but TWICE! Keep your fingers crossed until the awards are presented in June!

If you haven’t seen the series yet, VIEW IT HERE without commercial interruption!

Oh, and two older projects were just awarded Telly Awards – US Army Corps of Engineers ERDC’s Military Engineering video, and US Army’s DHAPs commercial!

Lots of little statues added to the shelf this month… more to come.

WHS Fashion For Paws Event

Last night I worked with my long-time pro bono client, The Washington Humane Society to provide event coverage of their annual Fashion for Paws. The event featured a runway fashion show (with fashion for people and their pets as well), and VIP reception. Fashion for Paws raised over $450,000 for WHS.

Click below for a slideshow of the whole event! (Adobe Flash Player required for the slideshow)

WHS Sugar and Champagne Affair fundraiser

Last night I worked with my long-time pro bono client, The Washington Humane Society to provide event coverage of their annual Sugar and Champagne Affair. The event, where among the 1350 attendees were 400 canines (many of whom found their permanent home through WHS’s adoption programs) raised over $100,000 for WHS.

Guests were dressed to the nines for the Valentine’s Day themed, sweet treats and good eats-themed affair, and most of the pets in attendance were in black tie attire as well!

I always enjoy working for WHS, but as a sweet tooth that loves dogs, I especially enjoyed the heck out of this event! Click on the thumbnails below to see my favorite shots, or view the slideshow of the whole event! (Adobe Flash Player required for the slideshow)


Out Shooting Street Candids!

My friend and fellow photographer, AJ Delos Santos, caught me sneaking a shot of our fellow Metro passengers earlier today. Here’s the snap:

2010-01-24 Street Candids