WHO AM I
Hi, my name is Jonathan. If you’re reading this then you’re probably curious about who I am or why I created Made by Ten. At the end of the day what you really want to know is if I’m the right person for you to trust with your time, money, energy, and most importantly, your feelings and trust.
As introverts we feel the loss of energy when we spend time with others (unlike our extroverted counterparts who gain energy from it – weird?). However, we’ve all experienced conversations that seem to last forever and our ability to connect with the person proved to us that giving up some of our energy is worth it for the right people.
THE STRUGGLE IS REAL
If you’re like me you dislike wasting your energy on people that don’t matter. I guess that’s one of the reasons why introverts are misunderstood.
When I started Made by Ten I had never photographed a person professionally or with the intention of creating a portrait of them. Although I was shy around strangers I forced myself to meet with them, get to know them, and then take an authentic photograph of them. The first few times were difficult. I was still learning how to get the right angles, talk them through posing and emoting, and filling in the silence between shots with small talk. Through those experiences I found even more of that “quiet confidence” that my wife says I have.
Eventually I found that getting to know the person in front of my camera and bringing out their personality was the best way of getting a genuine, natural portrait. This also allowed me to focus on getting creative and so I was finally able to create more artistic work than ever before.
Suffice it to say that I’m still an introvert. I am still empathetic, don’t like being the centre of attention, and love to just be immersed in thought. That said, I have been changed by my experiences – having gotten to know and photograph so many women – all with their unique stories and personalities.
THE RESPONSIBILITY IS REAL
This is the power I have found in myself and it’s something I need to share. The ability that I have to change lives and do with such happiness is something I could never give up now. I do this not only because it benefits introverted women who deserve to feel just as confident about themselves, but because it benefits me. I get to create meaningful connections, be creative, develop and experiment with my ideas, create artwork, and change women’s lives.
So that’s a little about me and why Made by Ten exists. It’s always been hard for me to be concise; I’m usually all over the place. Made by Ten means so much to me and what it does for others. If you’d like to learn more about me or my purpose the best way is for us to have a chat. Fair warning…I can talk a lot when it comes to things I am passionate about. But you already know that because you’re an introvert too. :)
I wrote a bit more about myself in this blog post if you’re curious: Profile of a GTA Portrait Photographer