A Little About Jacob.
I Live in North Little Rock, Arkansas
I was born in the small town of El Dorado in south Arkansas but my family moved to central Arkansas when I was two years old and I've been here ever since, except for a brief stint at a whitewater rafting company in Colorado, and six months living under a volcano in the Guatemalan highlands.
I went to college at the University of Arkansas, and quickly learned that I wasn't particularly good at school, so I dropped out and moved to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala to chase a girl.
The girl and I moved back to Arkansas and we've been married since 2004. We have three amazing kids, two kayaks, one dog, and a decent pop-up camper.
After an embarrassing number of years slogging through the last bit of college, I finally graduated with a bachelors degree in Construction Management, which I only sort-of used. I've been a full-time photographer since the fall of 2008.
Early Photography Career
Like many photographers, I got my start shooting weddings, families, and kids as a second-shooter/assistant, and quickly started picking up similar photography jobs on my own, which I did exclusively for my first year or two.
In the fall of 2009 I got a call from another photographer looking to hire a back-up shooter for public programs at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, founded by President Bill Clinton and located in downtown Little Rock. After a year of shooting as the back-up, I was asked to become the primary photographer for the school and I'm proud to continue shooting for them today. Through this wonderful partnership, I've had the pleasure of meeting and photographing Bill and Hillary Clinton, Lisa Ling, John McCain, Buzz Aldrin, Mike Huckabee, and (my personal favorite) former White House photographer Eric Draper.
in 2010, after seeing my work for the Clinton School of Public Service, I got a call from a photo editor at the New York Times, who wanted to hire me for a story about the famous watermelons of Hope, Arkansas. One of my photos from the watermelon story appeared in full color on the front page of Dining section of the New York Times on July 24, 2010, where it took up the entire top half of the fold. Now, seven years later, I'm proud to be a regular freelancer for the Times, as well as several other well-known news organizations.
Current Photography Work
After getting established with the Clinton School and the New York Times, I was quickly able to phase out most of my wedding and family work, and focus more on commercial, editorial, and advertising work.
Since then, I've been very fortunate to work for some amazing clients including Apple, Rolling Stone, Popular Mechanics, Time Inc. and many others. See the full client list here.
Additionally, through a random series of events, I've also had the pleasure of traveling throughout the United States and Canada photographing conferences, trade shows, and conventions for a number of large associations based in the United States. I'm proud to be the official photographer for The Professional Convention Management Association, The Association for Corporate Growth, and the National Science Teachers Association, among others.
These events and conferences have allowed me the unique opportunity to photograph many high profile subjects including Peyton Manning, Magic Johnson, Martin Short, Nolan Ryan, and Sinbad to name a few. You can find my event photography website here.
I'm also extremely proud to be listed by Reuters, The Associated Press, The New York Times, and Getty Images as a freelancer available for assignment.
Interesting Facts About Me
I was born on September 2, 1981. Which makes me 37.
I've had a beard for over 18 years.
I ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain in July, 2000
My first job was washing dishes at Chick-Fil-A.
Before photography, I lost my job twice in the same month.
I'm really good at building campfires.
I spent the night of April 7, 2002 in the Washington County Jail in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
I have several tattoos, most of which come from Katie McGowan at the legendary Black Cobra Tattoos, right here in Arkansas.
I keep a chronological list of all the books I've read in my entire life. I'm up to 62 now.
I drove a 1974 Volkswagen Bug in high school, which was voted #2 coolest car in my senior yearbook.