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San Francisco

Photography has always been a passion of mine.  I have loved taking pictures since I was a kid and had my first camera.  I started with film like almost all middle age to older photographers and have come full circle today as I continue to shoot both digital and medium format film.  Today I spend almost all of my free time away from home traveling the United States and Europe.  

I started as a wedding photographer (and sports photographer) but have transformed over time to dedicate my time to landscape photography.  I still occasionally do weddings for special clients, typically destination weddings, but 98% of my time today is spent traveling and photographing.  My main complaint is not having enough hours in the day to dedicate to editing and social media.  After my most recent Europe trip (36 days straight) I have over 2,000 pictures still hiding in my computer somewhere.  This trip is roughly outlined on my blog but with many more posts to come.  I have also spent several weeks exploring Iceland which is the newest hottest destination for photographers and those checking off their bucket list.  If you want more information on Iceland, contact me and I would be happy to share my experiences. 

Beyond my travels, I run a photography business in California - featuring my photography that is printed, framed, and displayed in galleries. My work has been internationally published and awarded and I pride myself on bringing landscape photography the way I see it to my clients. I am a 100% self taught photographer who travels the world seeking out the best photography locations and share my tips and travel reviews on my blog. 

Why am I donating 10% to Parkinson's Disease?

Photography Tips / Articles

Photography tips and articles helping photographers learn techniques for better pictures are plentiful on the web.  What makes this blog different is my photography tips are free and available.  I work to maintain one goal: to help photographers of all levels.  Wedding photographers should browse my tips for better portraits and contact me for individualized help as I have photographed multiple weddings including destination weddings, always seeking methods to make sure the bride is always happy. 

Why am I donating 10% to Parkinson's Disease?

Jared Lawson

I recently started my first Kickstarter project - this project aims to raise $5,500 towards a photobook project titled "Walking Within A Dream".  One benefit of this project is I am donating 10% of all funding to Parkinson's Disease research.  The question is...why?  What does photography and Parkinson's Disease have to do with each other?

The Need for A Photobook

The first question I need to answer is - why a photobook?  And why of Europe?  This photobook is a personal project of my own for my documentation of traveling 36 days across Europe.  This trip was a once in a lifetime trip that took two years of planning.  In the beginning I was taking this trip because I had never traveled through Europe - the culture, the people, the landscapes all drew me in.  After a year of planning I was diagnosed with a disorder that changed my life forever.  After leaving the doctor's office I took a step back and really looked at my life - how would RBD change everything?  After some time connections were made clear - RBD was impacting my memory.  The desire to travel to Europe became something I had to do.  More importantly, I had to document this trip for my own future.  For me, knowing my own memory loss was already apparent - I knew I had to document this trip.  A photobook was a perfect medium for me to design, produce and reflect on.

What is RBD, and Why Parkinson's Disease?

RBD is the common name for REM Sleep Behavior Disorder.  This disorder is a form of a neurological disease - essentially my brain lacks the control to paralyze my body during deep.  At first, this is an entertaining disorder as it causes sleepwalking and quite entertaining dreams.  The problem is the symptoms that associate with RBD.  The primary symptom (besides the sleepwalking) is the direct connection of RBD to neurological disease.  One of the largest symptoms you notice is because of this disorder is memory loss.  The more concerning aspect of RBD is recent studies that showed 55% of patients with RBD developed Parkinson's Disease.  While my primary goal is to raise funding to create my photobook and distribute it across populations, my secondary goal is to raise funding for Parkinson's Disease research.  I want to help others with RBD, Parkinson's Disease and any other neurological diseases -- hopefully my project is funded to help this important cause.

The Project