ABOUT the PHOTOGRAPHER
Hi, I’m Jason Riley Hoss, owner and chief photographer for Jason Riley Hoss Photography. First, I’d like to say thank you for your interest and appreciation for my work and of course for taking time to inquire into my services.
I am an international photographer based in the Hudson Valley area of New York State. I've had a passion for the Arts & Entertainment my entire life. My career in photography actually began during my career in film production, which I still do today. I cannot begin to tell you all the intricate details of how appreciative I am of my film production experience, but to simply say that it has been an invaluable tool for me as a still photographer. It has provided me with an array of different perspectives and mechanics to produce dramatic and inspiring images. The wisdom I have gained from my film career has allowed me to excel with a unique ability to tell a story with a single portrait. Having the ability to specialize in both natural and artificial lighting techniques has allowed my creative ambitions to never be limited to the adherence of one style. I have a firm belief that not only are my subjects deserving of much more than a standard, linear process, but that each and every image can be as original as the next. For me, it's not as simple as just taking a picture; we are creating a work of art.
So, enough about me; I'd love to hear from you. Contact me if you are in need of my services; I'd like to collaborate with you. I will strive to make it the very best experience for everyone and to see to it that you get the most out of your investment. I'd simply love the opportunity to show you that the world around us is made even more beautiful, with YOU in it!
Thanks for visiting; I hope to see you soon.
ABOUT MY PHOTOGRAPHY SERVICES
My most common services are Headshot and Fashion Inspired Portraiture, both on an individual and commercial basis. I also provide photography services for Events, Family, Engagements, Weddings, Live Shows, Birthdays, Reunions, Celebrations, and Commercial Product & Real Estate. I’ve created a very unique business model which allows me to bring my Studio to You! I have a completely mobile operation and if you have a great location near you, or a separate location we can agree on together, you do not need to come to me; I’ll come to you.
All my photography services include phone and email consultations. I do reserve the right to choose and edit only the best images from our session, unless an agreement to different terms is arranged, beforehand. I do require a retainer to reserve your desired date and time, as it compensates for work rendered prior to our session and allows everyone to be more committed to the project. All retainers are non-refundable, but are applied towards the total cost of your session. It is best to contact me as soon as you can to reserve the most convenient date and time for your session. In the event of a cancellation by either party, the retainer will be applied to a re-scheduled session of the same type. I also provide options regarding investment opportunities and extended payment plans.
All my prices are starting rates for the most common types of photography services I provide. These prices are subject to change based on factors such as travel, location, pets, number of people, time required, wardrobe changes, hair / makeup, etc. Providing as much detail as possible will not only help me generate the most accurate and fair quote for the both of us, but it will also allow me to visualize what you have in mind for your session which will lead to a more successful production.
I'd love the opportunity to work with you, so please, contact me here or through any of my websites and once again, thank you for your time and I wish you the very best!
"Working together is success." - Henry Ford
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"Nice photo, Jason! Thanks for trusting your #Canon camera to help you get the job done!"
"Excellent choice of scenery! Love its symmetry, and the way the stairways frame your subject. Nice work, Jason!"
"Awesome photo! Love the composition and the dramatically shallow depth of field. Kudos also on keeping yourself and your gear out of the reflection!"
"Jason!! O thou Master of Photography!!!"
"You are freaking AWESOME!!! Par-excellence as always!!"
"All the magic by Jason Riley Hoss! The Best!"
- Pat Ira Neff (Actor / Wyatt Earp Living Historian)
"Jason is AMAZING. I used him for my official pageant headshots. That's quite the task to take on! He listened. He asked for examples of what I was wanting and needing. Then, he did his own homework to further elaborate on the sample photos I showed him. He is highly professional. He knew how to bring out my best features. My headshots were phenomenal!! Use him!"
- Jennifer Swanson (Mrs. Hood County, Texas)
"Hello Jason! I really like and respect your work, and obviously your passion, (how else can you describe the amount of effort that goes into your compositional work?!?)"
- Doug Shreve (Photographer)
"Had a photo shoot with my dear friends, Emily and Jason, from Jason Riley Hoss Photography, today. Such an awesome day!! Can't wait to share new photos!"
- Mila McCoy (Actress)
"You have some of the most awesome pictures I have ever seen. Great work, sir!"
"Another great photo from Jason Riley Hoss Photography !!!"
- James Madewell (Re-enactor)
"Jason Riley Hoss you rock! These turned out so nicely!!!"
"Yay thanks Jason Riley Hoss! You rock!"
- Poppy Xander (Singer / Songwriter)
"Thanks, Jason, we really appreciate all you have done for us . . . Beautiful work."
- Moe Headrick (Actor / Filmmaker)
" . . . I think you're going to make a great photographer."
- Mark Roddenberry (Photographer / Author)
"You did magic!!! . . . Platonia . . . You did an awesome, awesome, awesome job of correcting his halter and the grass and his muzzle and everything. It looks absolutely amazing."
- Kimmy Hudson (Singer / Songwriter)
"Remember I told you I never liked my pictures? You changed my mind! Thank you!!"
- Lori Humphries
"Belongs on a Hallmark card. Lovely!"
- Sinoa Louise Demerchant
"Very beautiful she is. Brianna, you look natural here, and yes Jason, you do good work !!"
- Rosemary Chambers Shelton
"Gorgeous! Great photographer!"
- Audrey Confer
"Very well done, the lighting is amazing."
Questions and Answers with the Photographer
Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. I do a lot of different jobs, but mainly Headshots and Portraits for Actors, Models, and Business Executives. I also do Family Portraits, Pet Portraits, Real Estate, Event & Sport Photography, Weddings and Engagements as well as Graphic Designing for Films and Bands.
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. Headshots for an Actress. Band Promo Photos for Album Release. Western Period Piece Engagement Photos.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. If you are seeking a Professional and Skilled Photographer, first check to see if they have an online professional portfolio with updated images. Check the quality of those images to make sure they can deliver what they advertise. Check to see if they have any testimonials and/or reviews in order to see what other customers have said about their experience with that photographer. Verify they have good contact information, especially a phone number. For me, I like my clients to call me and discuss their needs, then I can compose a more accurate and competitive bid. And finally, if it's cheap such as offering Headshots for $25 or even $50, it isn't worth your time. That individual is more than likely a hobbyist and/or not legally reporting their income to the government which the latter makes their operation, illegal. Quality photography is not cheap, and you'll end up spending more money in the end getting more photos done or you'll just have to look at the bad photos for the rest of your days. No one wants that, especially if they are going up on the wall or mailed out for the holidays.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. What is their experience with this type of photoshoot. Do they require a deposit up front in order to secure the date; most do. Mine is $50 for Headshots. How do they accept payment; most can do PayPal which is my preference.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Details on the type of photos that you need. Any locations that you have in mind or that we can use for free. Wardrobe ideas.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I specialize in both natural and artificial lighting techniques, as I do not want to limit myself to simply one style. I think every subject is deserving of much more than a standard, linear process. My unique ability . . . to tell a story with a single portrait. That is what which distinguishes my style from most other artists.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I've had a passion for the Arts & Entertainment my entire life, and I love to tell a story with a single photograph. There's nothing that makes me more happy than a job that gives back; and making my client happy with our work . . . priceless.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. How much do I charge? That answer is completely dependent upon the needs of the client.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. Someone once asked me if I could Photoshop a Cheeto out of the hands of their child. Of course I can, LOL!
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. Before I became a photographer professionally, I questioned the costly world of photography and why it was so expensive. Here's perhaps some very brief insight to that question now, from my experience. The invested time and financial commitment it takes to be a professional grade creative photographer is huge. To break away from the standard, linear process that most hobbyists conform to is a challenging adventure. Anyone can shoot a photo today, but to do it professionally takes time, knowledge, experience, and of course, equipment. Professional photography is costly due to the time it takes to set up, shoot, and edit photos. Hours and hours are poured into this process. The high grade cameras, lenses, lights, and computer software cost thousands of dollars. Photographers have to pay for their own advertisement; that's how you most likely found them, like on this site which is not free for us. Travel costs, taxes, and their own health care are huge costs just to name a few. I hope that helps to understand a professional photographer's financial world a little better.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. It's simple, I've had a passion for the Arts & Entertainment my entire life. I love the work!
Q. Talk about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. I recently shot an editorial for a magazine in Los Angeles. The experience took me to new places and the people I met were simply amazing people with great stories. The excitement of shooting a photo that could land on the front page of an international magazine is nothing short of just that . . . exciting!
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I continuously experiment with my craft, discuss experiences with other photographers, and of course, I love to research other photographer's work on the internet.
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. Video Cameras are getting so powerful and high in resolution, that still photography may one day be done with video, and stills may be able to be able to be pulled from the footage in order to select the very finest moment of capture. Focusing will be the challenge!
Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.
A. I recently shot a Headshot Session with an Actress in a Botanic Garden, Indoor and Outdoor. We settled on two looks in two different areas for $200. The photography took about 2 hours and the editing took me another 8 hours.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. My pricing is fairly straight forward for basic packages. Pricing information can be found under the Pricing Link of this website. It's best to call me to get a more accurate bid based on your needs. I can also make recommendations that you may not have thought of to make the session more original and creative.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. Start off small and and get a cheap camera. Learn the basics first. Take baby steps as you progress in order to completely understand the process. Keep dreaming BIG! As soon as you stop dreaming, you stop exceeding. Take the leap! It's better to take a chance and fail at something you want to do, than to not take that chance and fail at something you don't want to do. You'll always wonder . . . what if?
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. My greatest strength is my ability to be organized and on time. I blame the U.S. Army for that ;-)
Q. What are you currently working on improving?
A. Every time I take a photograph, I try to make it better than the last, and that is such a dynamic mental process, I can't even begin to go into that mess, LOL.
Q. Write your own question and answer it.
A. What is the Universe? . . . It is our Studio.