PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE MONTH | Jason Smelser Photography


CONGRATULATIONS! We are pleased to announce Jason Smelser Photography as December Photographer of the Month.
Check out his blog and don’t forget to follow on Facebook and Instagram @jasonsmelser!

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What inspired you to use Forbeyon?

Top quality albums. Site is easy to navigate and gives great product examples.


What is the first thing that comes into your mind when you think of Forbeyon?



Share with us your favorite Forbeyon album and why. What materials/ options do you choose?

Flush mount because the pages are thick and album is durable. It looks good and feels good in your hands. Clients are always impressed.


What advice would you give to the first time buyers of Forbeyon albums?

You get what you pay for for sure and you won’t regret your purchase.


Any suggestions for Forbeyon?

It does seem like there is a lag between your order and any email or correspondence. At times I even wondered if I submitted everything corrected. Maybe a little more communication with what is going on during each process.


What inspired you to be a photographer?

Started off by just buying a DSLR to make great memories but after I did my first wedding for a friend I was hooked. I really enjoy all the possibilities that each wedding brings and taking on the challenge of documenting someones special day from my unique perspective. 


How long have you been a photographer?

10 years.


Are you formally taught or self taught?

Self taught. Got my degree at Barnes & Nobles. lol


How do you define your style?

My style is a mix of high fashion, artistic, and dramatic.


What would we find in your camera bag for a typical shoot?

Nikon D810, Nikon D750 x 2, Nikon 50mm 1.4, Nikon 85mm 1.4, Nikon 20mm 1.8, Sigma 35mm 1.4 ART, Nikon 105mm 2.8, Nikon 24-70mm 2.8, Nikon 70-200mm 2.8, Nikon SB 910 Speedlights x 2, Yongnuo Triggers, Magnet Mod grids & gels.


Your favorite lens?

Nikon 20mm 1.8


Share with us your favorite image and why.

My favorite image was taken during an engagement session and consisted of one lovely couple, their Mini Copper cars and an umbrella, since it had begun to rain. I backlit this shot with off camera flash to make the rain and umbrella really stand out. Although I had little time to set the shot up this was the final result. It’s my favorite because all the ingredients came together to create such a whimsical image. This couple is now known as the “Mini Cooper Couple”! This shot alone booked me multiple weddings. 


What is your most important objective when shooting?

Making the client feel comfortable so it translates through in the pictures.


When you are shooting—how much of it is instinctual versus planned?

70% instinct and 30% planned.


Where do you get your ideas and inspiration?

Following other great photographers, Instagram, and Pinterest.


What has been the best advice given to you by another photographer?

Find what you are good at and be the best at that. Photography is not just about being technical but also about relationships and the emotional connections with others.  


What’s the best part of being a photographer?

The friendships I make with my clients and the gratification I receive when a client is thrilled with my work. 


If you weren’t a photographer what would you be?

If it weren’t for photography I would be a registered nurse.