My name is Jason Renaud, and if you had asked me at the age of 12 what I wanted to be when I was older, the answer was clear: English teacher. Clearly, my life had other plans for me. As I moved through school and eventually into college, I found that the elements I loved in books and writing were what I loved in film and the visual arts – the story, the connection that you make with people. Two years into college, I decided to take a leap of faith and move to Nashville to pursue a BFA in film
Nashville was a scary place at first. I knew no one, and I didn’t own a camera or any equipment to speak of. My first experience with photography was on my iPhone, where I discovered that I loved creating an image that people could connect to or find beauty in. So naturally, as many of my colleagues had done, I asked for a camera for Christmas. I started shooting landscapes, then into portraits, and then editorial work – something I never thought I would do!
I’ve been fortunate enough to work with a few great agencies and shops in town that have exposed me to the fashion and editorial world. From there, it enabled me to be published in a few fashion magazines and websites – nothing is quite as satisfying for me as seeing my work come to life in print or in physical form.
Being in a thriving city and creative community has led to make some of the best friendships I still have to this day and to meet some truly amazing people. It’s great that I can do what I love for a living as a photographer for musicians, fashion designers, and models – but the real beauty in it is the people that I’m able to create with. I firmly believe that sharing a creative process with someone, even a complete stranger, is the quickest way to form connections and community between people. That’s why I create and love the idea of the Hub: connection.
If you’re ever in Nashville, let’s get coffee, shoot, or both. I’d love to talk to you and make something amazing together.
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