SnapKnot is thrilled to introduce you to Jason Scott Photography.  This Sarasota wedding gallery allows you to see just a few of the many spectacular images that Jason will leave you with on your wedding day.  Jason Scott Photography promises to provide you with two photographers in order to be sure they capture every intimate detail of you special occasion.  Learn more about what Jason Scott Photography can offer you through this great interview!

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Tell us a bit about yourselves.

My name is  Allyson Maiolo (my-OH-la), and my husband, Jason, and I are both originally from upstate NY (Rochester area). Despite us both being from Rochester, we actually met in Sarasota in 1998 while I was on vacation! We got married in Sarasota in 2005 (at Selby Gardens – one of our favorite Sarasota wedding venues) and currently live just south of Sarasota with our beagle, Badger.  My husband and I make a great team – Jason takes almost all of the photos. I handle the website, process print orders, and communicate with brides (and write blog posts!).  During weddings I act mostly as an assistant but do take photos during the ceremony; I also take macro shots during the reception.

Why did you choose to become a photographer?

Jason’s always been into photography – he had a “darkroom” in his house as a kid and just recently has been shooting, just for fun, some medium format black and white film.  He develops the negatives himself at home and we scan them into the computer. You can see some examples here:

When I was growing up, my dad worked for Eastman Kodak. Over his 35+ year career he took TONS of photos.  So,  I was used to having a camera around pretty much all the time. It’s been exciting to see photographic technology evolve.

When I first met Jason, he had one of the very first digital cameras (I think it took floppy disks!). Things progressed from there! For several years, every time he “upgraded” his camera, I would get really annoyed with him because each one was bigger than the next, and they were getting a little hard for me to handle! Little did I know how big they were really going to get! At one point, I made him buy me a point and shoot because I needed something I could carry places without worrying.

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How long have you been a photographer?

Jason started photographing weddings in 2000, but didn’t become a serious photographer until after we were married.

Jason and I were recruited and professionally trained by the same photographer we hired to photograph our own wedding.  After our wedding, we found out that our wedding photographer was looking to hire an additional photographer. So, we sent him a small portfolio and he hired us on the spot.

At first we went to weddings with him and learned how he did things. After he felt we were ready, we started shooting weddings on our own for him – we got a lot of great experience.

In 2007 we took a break from wedding photography and Jason began attending the University of South Florida’s graduate school of business – full time. Jason’s school schedule made it temporarily impossible to continue shooting weddings, but we were able to continue shooting lots of family beach portraits on Siesta Key and other local beaches.

After Jason completed his MBA, we went into full time business for ourselves and chose the name “Jason Scott Photography.”  Jason’s middle name is Scott and we though that was MUCH easier to pronounce than Maiolo!

How would you classify your style of photography?

We are focused on very high quality photos.   Jason jokes with me that his style is ”great photos”.  He really knows his equipment and knows how to take amazing, clear, beautiful photos with vibrant colors and great background blur! I can’t tell you how many times I hear him say “Look at that background blur!” when we’re looking through photos…

Even though the photographer we learned from was fairly traditional, we use a mix of traditional and modern photojournalistic styles. Our traditional training helped us out a lot with understanding complicated posing, managing the flow of the day, etc, but our addition of modern photojournalistic style makes us unique.
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ring, rose

What’s your preferred type of camera equipment?

We work exclusively on Canon’s EF platform.   We are focused on using “full frame” digital cameras and Canon’s  L class prime lenses. A “prime lens” does NOT zoom but takes superior photos.
Jason’s “favorite lens” is his Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM. During weddings he carries two 5d Mkii cameras – one with the 85mm and another with the Canon EF 35MM f/1.4 L USM. (You can see him in the photo with his BlackRapid double camera strap!)

Jason’s favorite camera, for fun, is the Canon 1D Mkiii with the 70-200mm f/2.8 L.  Even though this combination lacks sufficient quality for weddings, he loves to shoot kids, pets, and wildlife in motion at 10 frames per second!

I’ve moved on from my point and shoot and now I love to shoot personal photos on my Canon t2i with a “nifty fifty” (50mm f/1.8) – this combination is nice and light compared to all his big glass!

More about our gear:

What would you recommend for a couple just starting their search for a wedding photographer?

Don’t focus only on price! Remember that your wedding photos will be one of the only things you have to remember your day and you want them to be great!

Any fun personal facts we should know about you?

Jason worked at Disney World for over ten years.  He embroidered names onto Mickey Mouse ear hats and worked in Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, and Main Street, USA. (He often entertains kids with his Mickey Mouse voice impression when we shoot family portraits!)

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To see more of this Sarasota wedding gallery from Jason Scott Photography, visit their website.

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