Photographer Jamie Nelson shoots regularly for Vogues in 8 different countries and Harper's Bazaar, Elle, and Vanity Fairs all over the world, Jamie's aesthetic expands to a vast global market.
Originally from Texas and Colorado, Nelson caught the photography bug in High School soon after learning she could not draw if her life depended on it. She followed her newfound talent to Brooks Institute, where she treated every classroom assignment like a professional editorial (eventually one was published before she even left school). She was off to New York immediately after graduation. “Ironically, I had to sell my camera to get there, so I was a photographer without a camera for a while,” she says.
But Nelson quickly regained her camera and started booking jobs.
“There was no stopping me after I saw that first editorial come out. The feeling of having the world see your vision and be inspired by your vision is like nothing else. It was my outlet for expression to a vast group of people.”
Nelson’s enthusiasm and versatility—she’s comfortable with many formats, film and digital—make her an appealing choice for magazines like NYLON and Cosmopolitan, and also advertising clients like Make Up For Ever, Olay, Nicole Miller, and Target.
Nelson has always been drawn to photography for its sense of “experimentation and magic,” and while versed with a 4x5 camera, she also relishes the instant feedback and limitless shooting a digital back provides. And there’s always room for the throwback analog; Nelson keeps disposable cameras in her fridge for years to shoot personal projects, thinking of them as tiny time capsules.
Between flights to Texas, the Dominican Republic, Colorado, NYC, India, St. Lucia, London, and Paris, Nelson spends a lot of time on the road, but relishes her time on the beach with her mom, or hanging in the middle of nowhere Texas with relatives on her father’s side. “I think it keeps me sane,” she says.
When not working, Nelson’s love of cats, basketball, Bad Brains, accordion, running and playing piano keep her plenty busy too.