We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeff Fasano and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jeff, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
The Thought Process behind beginning my photography career was that I was unhappy in the corporate world in which I was working. I was not happy with my life and knew I needed to move on and create an entirely new one. I found my passion for photography in my early 30’s and created a [plan and path for my self to eventually leave the corporate world and create an entirely new life. I was one with that part ofmy life and at 40 quit my job and the rest is history…still re-creating itself…
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
First off, for 18 years and right out of college at I was in the corporate world. When I turned 40 I quit my “job” and left that world to create a new life as a photographer. I will be turning 63 in May. That is what I am extremely proud of. I have forged an amazing career that is still going strong and will be putting out my very first Photo Book, Artists of Americana Portrait Collection this year.
The way I got to where I am is because I “LOVE” what I do. And because of that I have worked diligently on my craft and followed the path that was laid out ahead of me. Most of the time saying Yes to almost everything. At times is was challenging. Yet when those challenges came about and triggered my sense of security that happens to every artist, I knew that everything would always work out. And it has just the way it is supposed to.
The biggest lessons I have learned along the way is to trust. Trust in myself, my abilities and the universe. Never, ever burn a bridge, the world is smaller than small. Always be honest and in integrity. You cannot take short cuts, Know your craft and always strive to get better.
My greatest lesson though for everyone is anyone can live their passion. It took a while foe me to find it but when I did I know in my heart and soul it would all work out, and it has.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well.. Since Nashville is the Music capitol of the world I would take them to City Winery Nashville for some great food and wine and amazing music. I have been doing a Backstage Portrait project there for 5 years. I always take folks to the Johnny Cash Museum. The Country Music Hall of Fame. Let them experience Lower Broadway and all the Honky Tonks. Then experience all the great music venues in this amazing town…
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
So many folks have helped me along in my 20+ year career as a celebrity and music photographer. At the beginning it was my mentor, and teacher, Mario Cabrera at Parsons in NYC who I worked with for 2 years who taught me the “craft” of photography. Without Mario I would not be where I am today.
Merlin David at M Music & Musicians Magazine has been a stronghold in my career for a long time.
The Americana Music Association here in Nashville. Jed Hilly and Danna Strong have been instrumental in my ascending in the Americana Music world.
All the managers, publicists and musicians who trusted me to capture the essence of who they are.