Archive: June 2012


Thom Jackson started as a disc jockey but has now worked as a photographer for almost every fashion magazine under the sun.

What was your first camera?
Yashica Twin Lens Reflex

Do you remember the first photo you took that got you “hooked”?
Not the first subject but most significantly the first print that appeared in the developer tray. I’ve never gotten over the magic of that moment. It’s hard to imagine there are photographers shooting today who have never had that experience.

What are your go to cameras?
Canon 5DMarkIII and Nikon D800.

Your favorite cameras you have experimented with in the past? 
Hasselblad CM  and the SX 70 Polaroid.

Once I saw the movie Blow Up I was convinced photography was my next career

How did you get started?
Working as a DJ for a radio station, I photographed every band (press pass!) that came to town. Once I saw the movie Blow Up I was convinced photography was my next career.

Do you always have music going on a photo shoot? Are there any go-to songs?
Yes. The music varies according to the shoot. Recently we’ve played mixes from David Dann, models frequently bring in music from friends’ bands or clients have favorite music. It’s a collaborative thing.

As someone who has recently started working more with models, I am curious as a photographer how you go about the photo shoot and creating a connection. Is there anything you do to make your models feel more comfortable at a shoot?
I talk to them while they are getting hair and make up in order to establish a relationship and a comfort level between the two of us. While shooting I try to create a bond between us that blocks out all the activity in the studio that can be disruptive. It was much easier to accomplish this before digital. The stopping and looking at the screen is often frustrating for both of us. It breaks the flow of shooting and the mood can be lost.

What has been your best career decision?
1st becoming a photographer, 2nd living in and shooting in New York City for 18 years.

Do you think that it is essential to live in New York or LA to “make it” in the fashion world?  New York, yes. Living and working in New York City and Europe is essential for success. It provides the experience and a frame of reference for all things important to photography. I can’t imagine not having that experience.

What is your favorite thing about photographing in Texas?
The positive attitude of the crew. Everyone works hard but we still have fun.

What was your first big break?
The selection of two of my nudes for a fine art book “The Nude In Photography.” My first commercial break
was shooting the Neiman Marcus Fur Book in Germany, Estonia, Scandinavia, and Russia.

How did you establish your personal vision?
Shooting in Italy every summer for Italian Bazaar and Vogue was a huge part of my education. Having the opportunity to photograph top models in the collections as they were introduced was an incredible experience. I hope my personal vision comes through in my current work at Craighead Green Gallery.

Who are you inspired by?
At one time I would have said this photographer or that photographer but in the long run it’s really my family, especially my wife Rebecca.

Do you have any favorite photo books?
I’m currently printing my own platinum/ palladium prints so I’m researching the process and looking at prints.

How do you define ‘success’ in your own career? 
Success comes with the next photograph.

What’s next?
I found I really enjoy doing video. After directing and shooting two Burning Hotels music videos and a fashion video with Lydia Hearst for, I plan to do more.

How did you get involved with the Impossible Project?
Like most great opportunities I fell into it. I submitted some of my Impossible Project Polaroids to them
and they asked me to test some of their new films which led to be included in their current New York show “Momentum.” I was also featured on their blog in December and I will be featured again this week as An Artist in Residence. They really are a great group to work with and the restart of the Polaroid product is an interesting and ambitious story.

Do you have a preference for working with film or digital?
Advantages and disadvantages to both. Honestly, I don’t miss the fear of waiting for clip tests to come back after returning from a two week assignment on an island in the middle of nowhere. It is great to know with digital we have the shot.

 I don’t miss the fear of waiting for clip tests to come back after returning from a two week assignment on an island in the middle of nowhere

How did you get your foot in the door photographing for fashion magazines?
I had a NY rep and also one in Italy. They got me in the door and fortunately the magazines liked my work. It was a great opportunity.

Can you elaborate a little on how you found representation? Do you think it is essential?
In order to get top representation, you have to have existing clients that you bring to the agency. It’s all about who you know and who knows you. It is absolutely essential.

Where do you go to keep up with what is happening in fashion photography? Do you buy fashion magazines? Any favorites?
I study everything. When I was starting out I spent a fortune on foreign fashion magazines like Italian Vogue, French Vogue, Marie Claire and many more. Now it’s mainly online publications, fashion blogs, and gallery and museum websites.

 When I was starting out I spent a fortune on foreign fashion magazines

I saw that you have some videos on your site. Do you think it is important to incorporate video into your portfolio these days as a photographer?
Video is an expensive, consuming, but essential part of the business. You can’t ignore it or avoid it.

Favorite bbq?
Baker’s Ribs

Favorite breakfast taco?
Good 2 Go

Favorite libation?
Gin and Tonic (Sapphire and Tonic actually)


Photographer: Kimberly Davis, based in Austin

Publication: Texas Journey, May/June 2012
Art Director: Catherine Cobb


Publication: Taste of the South, May/June 2012
Subject:The BBQ Roadtrips



Rochelle Rae is an Austin-based makeup artist and entrepreneur who recently launched her own line of cosmetics.

How did you get started?
My degree is in fine arts. I was actually painting on canvas long before I was painting on faces. I modeled for a short time (wrong side of the camera for me, I was way more comfortable behind the scenes). I met a makeup artist and it seemed like she had a really awesome, fun and exciting job. (It is!!) So I moved out to LA and went to the Makeup Designory or MUD, stayed out there for a while but was always planning to come back to Austin, which I love.

I was actually painting on canvas long before I was painting on faces

Do you have a mentor in the field?
I am lucky to live in Austin, a town of entrepreneurs and mentors. Everyone has been very open and helpful offering advice, helping me learn from their successes and failures. It seems like everyone wants everyone else to be successful. I haven’t always experienced that in other places.

What has been your best career decision?
Taking the leap and starting Rae Cosmetics!

How did you decide to take the leap and start Rae?
I knew there was a segment of the population that wasn’t being reached by the makeup brands already on the market, namely us sweaty girls. Active and athletic women who still wanted to look pretty and wear makeup. Deciding to go ahead and try to make that brand was scary and expensive. I had a lot of support from my family and friends but I think they were probably even more scared than I was. If this didn’t work I would be broke. They stood behind my every decision and I am so grateful they were and are there for me.

What is your favorite thing about doing makeup in Texas?
Texans are usually very friendly and it makes working fun. There is such a large variation of styles that it is like having a new job every day.

Texans are usually very friendly and it makes working fun

What is your favorite/go to beauty product on set?
The Climate Control Mineral Tint is the best product ever, it is great for every situation. It is a moisturizer, sunscreen and foundation in one but best of all it stays on when you sweat. So if you’re outside in the sun, working out in the gym or under hot studio lights, the makeup always looks awesome.

How do you stay motivated?
I think about this, my favorite quote:

“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”
- Theodore Roosevelt

Who are you inspired by?
I am not really impressed by “celebrity.” I have been really fortunate to meet some amazing women though and because it takes time to do their makeup I actually am lucky enough to get to have conversations with them. I was lucky enough to be Liz Carpenter’s makeup artist before she passed away. A fabulous and funny woman, Liz was a writer, feminist, reporter, media adviser, speechwriter, political humorist and stood in the forefront of the Women’s Movement. She joined the staff of Lyndon B. Johnson in his campaign for Vice President in 1960 and traveled on his foreign missions as a press spokeswoman. After Kennedy’s election, she became the first female  executive assistant to the vice-president.

Sarah Weddington is another in the forefront of the women’s movement. At 26 years old she argued Roe v. Wade before the Supreme Court and won. She is an advocate of women and children and has helped to pass many laws to support and protect their rights.

Liz Smith, the Grand Dame of Dish. Another amazing woman. New York Times Best Selling Author, columnist, reporter and producer. In the 1960s she worked as entertainment editor for the American version of Cosmopolitan magazine and simultaneously as Sports Illustrated entertainment editor as well. Another woman who paved the way for all of us.

These are the women who impress me.

I’m not sure I will ever reach “success” but I will strive for it every day!

How do you define ‘success’ in your own career?
I’m not sure I will ever reach “success” but I will strive for it every day!

What’s next? Any exciting projects coming up in 2012?

  • I’m in discussions to start a Rae skin care line
  • Working on involvement in Miami Swim, Miami Fashion week
  • Talking at the HBA Expo in NYC on the 19th at the Javits Center
  • Doing some events for Austin Fashion Week in Austin – I’m also on the advisory committee
  • Still writing for the national magazine La Nouvelles Spa And Esthetique Magazine as well as many local publications
  • I am a regular Beauty contributor to several television stations
  • I was a speaker at the International Congress of Esthetics & Spa Convention in Dallas in May
  • We do in store events usually every six weeks, and I’m having a big one during Austin Fashion Week
  • My staff of makeup artists and I do makeup for ALL KINDS of TV, magazines, runway, etc…

Favorite BBQ?
I love the Sassy Sauce at Rudy’s BBQ

Favorite breakfast taco?
Ones I make myself. And I love them spicy! I don’t eat cheese or egg yolks so it is too hard to eat breakfast tacos out.

Favorite libation?

Do you collect anything?
Not really, I hate clutter. I love art, so a small collection of art I hope to grow.

Jack Ridley©

Jack Ridley©

Photographs Do Not Bend presents:

BIG BEND: Photographs by Jack Ridley 

Opening Reception June 23rd 5 to 8pm

Exhibit runs through September 1st.


Address: 1202 Dragon Street Ste. 103 Dallas, TX 75207

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