Shutter Notes: Mary Jaras — Man and Negroni

Welcome to Shutter Notes, our weekly community feature. Shutter Notes gives you the chance to get to know our community members a bit better. Each member will share a little bit about themselves and their chosen image.

Mary Jaras is a former Executive Producer in network television. She decided to change course and pursue photography full-time. Now, she is an award-winning photographer and videographer based in Santa Monica, CA. She partners with a variety of food and lifestyle brands for their marketing needs.

Mary Jaras

Why and how Mary created this image

A pensive moment between a man and his Negroni was created in a corner of a very tiny apartment.

Mary says, “Getting the right shot is like waiting for the planets to align at just the right moment – mood, lighting, technical stuff, the model – it doesn’t happen all that often. This photo is one of those that just hit all the right notes for me.”

The image was edited lightly. Mary lifted the black and took a bit of the edge off of the highlights. The image was created using a Tiffen Black Pro-Mist 1/2 filter.

During the process, she learned to not overthink it. Create the right atmosphere, get the technical stuff lined up and just see what happens. The look the model gave was a complete accident and yet it made the photo.

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