Jamaine Kato lives and works in North London, UK. The main focus of his work is fashion/portrait photography & film projects. His work is meant to create feelings and his style is often described as soft, classy and adventurous. Recently he organized a shoot with Nadia Bodestyne, a model he found through our modeling community ModelManagement.com.
ModelManagement: Where did your passion for photography come from?
Jamaine Kato: I think my answer to this question is ever evolving on a day-to-day basis. At this point I would say that my passion comes from wanting to express a little piece of my thoughts and feels through my photography.
MM: How would you describe your style?
JK: I don’t think I have a particular style in my opinion, but I have heard my style described as soft, classy and adventurous.
MM: You focus on Portraits, which shootings do you like best? What is the most important thing during a shooting for you?
JK: A fashion photographer who shoots more portraits than fashion, that makes sense? Right? I really need to work on the fashion part. I love shooting both fashion and portraits, but I guess I have a natural inclination towards portraits.
The most important thing for me is having a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Fun equals to good images in my experience.
MM: Where do you get your inspiration?
JK: I get my inspiration from many places on the Internet, books, magazines, movies etc. I have learn a lot from photographers I follow on social platforms like Instagram and Tumblr. It has helped me a lot to develop my photography knowledge.
MM: You mostly shoot women, can you tell us a little bit about your selection of motives?
JK: I wish I had a crazy mathematical formula for my selection process. It comes down to faces that capture my interest, make me stop. For me it’s important that the person I am shooting is able to show a range of different emotions.
MM: You did a shooting with Nadia Bodestyne, how was the shooting? What was the focus? Where can we find the results of your work?
JK: Nadia was a fantastic model to work with. She was very chatty and had a lot of fire. So we focused on fanning that fire into a blazing inferno.
MM: It was your first experience with ModelManagement.com, how was it?
JK: My first experience with ModelManagement.com was fantastic. Communication was great. Staff made the casting process very easy for me, I practically did nothing until I picked up my camera on the day of shooting. Thank you MM team you are the real mvp!
MM: Do you think ModelManagement.com is helpful for photographers? Would you recommend it?
JK: MM was very helpful for me, no doubt. I wish I came across earlier when I first started out. It is important to have a platform where creative can find other like minded individuals to collaborate on projects.
MM: What are your next projects? Can you tell us a little bit about them?
JK: If I tell you I would have to kill you! My next project is getting a team together for magazine submission some time beginning of the next year. I can’t go in too much detail.
MM: Finally, where did you have the idea for this funny logo and the “MEOW” slogan?
JK: As a kid growing up in Africa, I used to get chased around the village by a black cat. In terror I ran screaming at the top of my lungs for help, no one came. Thinking about it now, the cat probably thought we were best friends. Batman wears a bat on his chest, so why not! I am a huge softy so my “meow” is me being comfortable with my softer side.
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