Hitting the Reset Button

04 Oct

Long time readers of my blog will know that earlier this year (an internet year is the equivalent of 20 years in regular life) I made a few posts about trying to break out of a comfort-zone.  I was working with some of the most amazing talent in the nation and creating images that were blowing people away, but at the same time I felt like I was a bit on cruise control.

2010 Became the Year of the Test Shoots!

I decided to take a bit of a break and get back to my roots, back to when I fell in love with photography and shoot some great ideas with nothing more than myself and a model and whatever props we could gather up.  So I started test-shooting like crazy, I even added an email-application on my website for interested people to apply.  The link was active from April 30th through September 21st and in that time I received 182 applications. That averages out to a little more than one application EVERY SINGLE day during day while it was up. Thank you so much to everyone for the interest in shooting with me, I am honored, I couldn’t even shoot as many as I wanted to, so if you didn’t get contacted please know that you very well could have been one I wish I would have had time for!  🙂

I was looking for new potential muses, models that transcended the ordinary and inspired new and crazy ideas.  Over the course of 2010 I tested with a total of 33 new faces for the first time.  In that group of 33 I found exactly what I was looking for.  New sources of creative energy and several models you’ll be seeing a lot more of in my upcoming work!

Today I wanted to take a second and share some of my favorite images from the models I’m most excited about discovering this past year… not all of these images were from our first shoot together but every one of these images share a couple things in common.

  • No professional styling
  • None of the models ever shot with me prior to 2010
  • No pre-planned ideas for any of these shoots, all of them were spontaneous
  • Last but not least, I hope to work with each of these talented girls again!

EDIT:::  I’m told this gallery has trouble functioning in Internet Explorer, while I work on getting that fixed please use,, or – which are all better than Internet Explorer by the way.  🙂


I have since taken the application off of my website, it made me too sad to have so much demand and so little time to fulfill it… So what’s coming next?  Well, stay tuned!  🙂

Jake Garn Photography

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