Jayme Halbritter: 100 Creatives
Number 64: Jayme Halbritter
Years spent living in MN: On an off... 21.
In this day and age where anyone may be carrying a camera on them to use at any moment, it can be difficult to make a living as a professional photographer. Jayme Halbritter is one creative living the dream. Over the years the local photographer has taken on projects that have required him to work as a photojournalist, commercial artist, conceptual photographer, and more. His clients have included City Pages, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, and USA Today. His work ranges from boldly colored snapshots to detail-dense black-and-white travel photography, and lately he has been on a bit of an Instagram kick. Whatever he chooses to capture next, we're sure that the resulting pictures will take us back to that moment--whether we were there or not.
Name three things that are inspiring your work right now:
2. A new photo identity I'm working on. I've been looking through everything I've shot since 2005. It's been an inspiration to look back and think about moving forward.
3. I hate to say it, but after freelancing for 10 years, I am being inspired to push myself to continue to grow as I am afraid of becoming stagnant!
Name three things that inspired and/or motivated you as a budding creative type:
1. The fact that I am making a living as a photographer is always an inspiration to keep shooting, and appreciate my occupation.
2. Youth, when I was budding.
3. Telling stories... I love documentary photography.
What was your last big project?
An internal campaign for HCMC.
What do you have going on now or coming up in the near future that should be on our radar?
My new photo identity. It should launch in June. Also, my HCMC work can be seen throughout the hospital.
Creative/career high point (so far)?
I have been working on projects where I record the responses to a question, and then take environmental portraits. These have been my most rewarding personal projects to date.
Career-wise, this is my second project for HCMC, and my move towards commercial photography. My work has been on bus sides, billboards, bus stops... it's pretty exciting to have my work blown up so big and be that present in the public eye.
What has been your biggest challenge as an artist?
Finding the discipline and motivation to keep focused when work is slow. I have a lot of personal interests that taunt carrots in front of my face when I'm not busy shooting.
How has the local scene changed since you began your career?
I think nowadays, there are a lot of "photographers." It basically muddies the industry standard--even though there isn't one--but there are those that don't know about using and licensing your images, what the ballpark is for fees. It can make it tough when you have people giving away their photos and their rights when you are trying to make a living and stick to your standards.
Which photograph surprised you the most afterwards? Why?
They all surprise me. Photography is amazing. I wasn't going to include a photo... but this photo of the woman putting away her baggage, along with the one through the window going onto the plane, both surprised me at how awesome they were! (Taken with my iPhone, and filtered with Instagram.)
Do you have a suggestion for someone whose work we should be checking out? Feel free to leave your top picks in the comments.
Past creatives, so far:
81. Joseph Scrimshaw
80. Adam Turman
79. Raul Osorio
78. Kristin Berwald
77. Rudy Fig
76. Laura Fulk
66. Heidi Arneson
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