Summary

I am currently operating a visual production company based around music video & portrait photography within the entertainment industry.

I am a motivated, task driven, goal setting individual. I have been shooting for 6 years and I graduated with a diploma in Creative Photography in Spring 2009.

I currently specialize in directing music videos, photographing editorial portraits and tour documentary videography for multiple hip hop groups touring within the United States and Canada.

I enjoy interacting with people on multiple levels, whether it is in client meetings, serving tables at a local restaurant or with peers and mentors. I am personable, ready to learn and open to new experiences and learning situations.

Work History

Work History

Co-op Journalist & Photographer

The Hamilton Spectator

I was brought on by The Hamilton Spectator in my graduating year of high school as a co-op journalist and photographer. I was the final selection out of an interview list of over 30 students from over 25 high schools in the Hamilton district. Over my co-op period at The Spec I wrote and published 3 articles, published 4-7 photographs and succeeded in obtaining a front page mention to an article that I authored. My duties with The Hamilton Spectator included:

  • article research
  • video editing
  • photo editing
  • article proof reading
  • photography assistant
  • photojournalism
  • article specific interviews

During my co-op period I also assisted in forming the foundation and writing for a web extension of The Hamilton Spectator called Jamilton (http://www.jamilton.ca/) a local music review website.

Jul 2009 - Present

Social Media Specialist & Consultant

Michael Kohn Photography

Michael Kohn has hired me on a part time basis to oversee and run all of his social media marketing services such as:

  • Facebook business fan page
  • Twitter page
  • LinkedIn page, groups and discussions
  • Photography blog

My mission with Michael is to use social media to reach his clients, fans, colleagues and followers to keep them in touch and informed on Michael's professional successes and opportunities as a commercial photographer.

Feb 2010 - Present

Assistant

Top Drawer Creative

I assist Top Drawer Creative advertising agency with specific photo shoots. I am in charge of the technical aspects, such as setting and controlling all photographic equipment, the social aspect, such as creating a welcoming environment for all those involved in a photo shoot and the photographic aspects, such as running the capture centre and processing all the images.

Aug 2009 - Present

Freelance Photo Editor

Getty Images/Wire Images

I was hired on a freelance photo editor position by Getty for both the Toronto International Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. My duties were:

  • select the best quality images taken by Getty photographers
  • Edit and crop the selected
  • Upload edited photos to both the Getty and WireImage website for use by customers
Apr 2009 - Present

Owner

Jason Matos Productions

I run my own multi-faceted video & photography business. I cater to any client's needs, shooting in a variety of areas including:

  • portraiture
  • band promotional
  • live concerts
  • architecture
  • product

In my business I conduct the following activities:

  • client meetings (phone and in person)
  • photo consultations
  • photo shoots
  • video shoots
  • photo and video editing
  • international travel

My music videos have appeared on:

  • Much Music
  • BET
  • RogersTV

My photographs have been published in/on:

Jan 2009 - Present

Student Representative

CAPIC

I was voted onto the board of CAPIC as the official student representative. My duties have included:

  • advertising CAPIC sponsored events
  • promotional tours to colleges and universities
  • event planning
  • event co-ordination
  • social media co-ordinator
    • facebook admin
    • twitter admin
Jul 2010 - Present

Photographer/Videographer

Urbanology Magazine

Photographer for Urbanology Magazine. I photograph celebrity portraits in the entertainment, music, video game and movie industry.

As well, I video interviews, live concerts and behind the scenes footage for the online segment of Urbanology.

Jun 2004 - Jan 2009

Manager

Pizza Hut / Taco Bell

I worked at a Pizza Hut/Taco Bell (both business in same building - kitchens attached) in which I managed the kitchen and server staff.

Responsibilities included:

  • Staff management
  • Food preparation
  • Money management
  • Customer satisfaction
  • Server duties
  • Multiple cleaning duties
  • Work schedule creation

Education

Education
Jan 2010 - Jan 2011

Diploma

McMaster University

I am currently enrolled in a Continuing Education Marketing course at McMaster University. This is an extensive 8 class diploma in which I will be learning key marketing elements such as Business to Business marketing, Business Implementation, Business Administration, Branding, etc.

At the moment I have completed 2 classes, business to business marketing and business implementation, and am working through my 3rd class, business administration.

Sep 2007 - Apr 2009

Diploma

Humber College

I graduated from Humber College with a College Diploma in the field of Creative Photography. Over the 2 year course I learned both the basic and advanced techniques of photography, digital post processing methods, business marketing and law, advanced lighting techniques and completed an extensive co-op period with three of Toronto's top photographers:

  • Elaine Kilburn - Architecture
  • Dexter Quinto - Fashion
  • Yvonne Duivenvoorden - Food

Skills

Skills

Teamwork

Teamwork has been much more prevalent in my business life in the last one year. When completing a photo shoot for a client, two goals and visions must be accomplished, my clients and my own. Having the ability to merge my knowledge and expertise in photography with my clients vision of the final photograph requires extensive team work to accomplish.

Communication

I started up Jason Matos Photo in grade 11 of high school with a camera and a flash. Being determined and goal driven I had to work my way up the local photography food chain by communicating my skills and goals and convincing local musicians and businesses that I was capable of completing the required job.   Over the years communication has been key to many of my personal, business and educational successes. Having the ability to clearly and concisely communicated with colleagues, superiors, customers and friends makes the goal at hand much more efficient for all those involved.

Certifications

Certifications

The Flamborough Review Write Up

Hamilton, Ontario

But We Will Stand Tall Photo Gallery

Hamilton, Ontario

References

References

Graham Paulsen

I have been hired on a freelance agreement to photograph portraits for specific 5D Media projects.

Michael Kohn

Michael Kohn is both my superior and client as I am currently his Social Media Specialist and Consultant for his commercial food photography business.