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Jordan Hartman has been a photographer since 1997, and has photographed people such as Prince Haakon of Norway and Walter Mondale, and the bands Vertical Horizon and The Presidents of the United States of America, as well as many others. Jordan loves what he does and “all the cool things that come with being an artist.” He has worked for a university and a portrait studio.
Jordan’s passion is his family: “If I can enjoy and supply a home and food I have only done part of my job. I live to make their lives the best I can. I love playing sports and roughhousing with my son Carter. I love the snuggles and quiet time I have with my daughter Abi, and my wife is the glue for our family. She is my best friend and keeps us going. Life is always a challenge but it’s so worth it.”
Roxanne: When did you become interested in photography?
Jordan: As a young kid, my father was working in public television and I got to see what it was like to work behind the scenes. I loved the idea of making things happen. As I grew up I had a good time making art and so I decided as a college student that I wanted to do this full time.
Who or what influenced you to become a photographer?
Chris Tumbusch really was the one who pushed me to be who I am. He was the university photographer at PLU and really showed me what it took to make great art.
Why is photography important to you?
Photography is the only way that I can show the world how I see things. I love how I can capture a moment in a way no one else can see it.
What motivates you?
Money. Lol no, I love people and I love making the best pics possible. I do mostly portraits of people and kids so I really get jazzed and motivated when people have ideas that I can flow from and use.
What’s your favorite lens or other piece of photography gear?
My favorite piece of gear is the camera I have with me. I’m always finding something to photograph and if I don’t have a camera I always have my iPhone. Nothing worse then seeing something amazing and you don’t have a way to capture it.
What advice would you give someone just starting out in photography?
I would have to say that it’s not easy and if you make mistakes then learn from that. Don’t lose it, just learn. I’ve made many mistakes and things don’t always work out the way I wanted them to but my clients and guests sometimes love them. I also think it’s important to look back at your old work. If you feel like your old work is crappy then that’s a good sign. It means you’re evolving and moving. The worst thing you can do is not change. Photography is an art and if you’re not challenged by it, then you’re not doing it right.