The Legendary Jacque Manaugh (The Best Ex Bandmate Current Photographer EVER!!!)
Dear Internet Family,
I have some pretty amazing people in my life. Rather than babble incessantly about myself all the time, I thought I would feature one of my favorite people, Jacque Manaugh, and his awesome photography.
We met in 6th grade and immediately formed an awesome rock band since he was awesome at the guitar and I was born to rock (sadly the band broke up due to lack of focus).
I used to pick him up on the way to school since I got my license first. We would drive around, smoke cigarettes, drink 40s in my backyard, go see shows in Deep Ellum and terrorize Dallas together. He was one of the original crew (shout out to Ryan R, Micah R, Lewis E, and Ryan S).
Thanks to Facebook, we reconnected a few years ago and he is kicking ass at life doing his photography thang.
Besides being generally awesome (he rebuilds old motorcycles, and has fantastic taste in music), he’s a great human. Check out more of his photography here.
Here is a short interview with the one and only, Jacque Manaugh:
How/When did you become interested in photography?
I’ve had an interest in art, in all form, for as long as I can remember, music being the forerunner for a long time. I’ve played in bands (although nothing ever serious), DJ’d at clubs, and even tried my hand at producing electronic music for a while.
As for photography, it started at about 17 when I found my dad’s old camera bag, filled with a camera, assorted lenses, and a bunch of unused film. I thought it would be fun to go try it all out, and I really enjoyed it. Of course I had no idea what I was doing, having no clue what all the crazy numbers and dials did on the camera. I wasn’t even sure I had put the film in right. But once I got the hang of it, I was hooked.
What made you take it to the next level and pursue it professionally?
About 5 years ago, when Christina and I started dating, I was showing her some photos I had done in the past, and she thought I should peruse it further. Me, being the type of person that will jump into things without a real plan, immediately started setting up TFP shoots with random models, shooting events, and eventually getting into shooting weddings. Christina has been a major part of my pursuit and success in photography, and I am very grateful for her support and encouragement.
What do you love about/why are you drawn to photography?
I think it’s discovery. As a photographer, you see the world differently. You notice and look for things most others wouldn’t. It makes me appreciate our world so much more, from grand landscapes, to an old barn in a field, to something as simple as the way light and shadows play on someone’s face. Another thing I love is the people I have met. Whether I am hired for a job, traveling, or just out on the street, I’ve met so many interesting people, and get to be a visitor in their life for a brief moment. I just think that is really cool. I just want to meet and talk to as many people, and see as much of the world as I can before I die.
What are your favorite subjects to capture?
Tough question, as I like to shoot anything and everything so much. If I had to choose, I’d say old architecture, weddings, and street portraits of random people….but that answer might change tomorrow. Haha.
Here are a few of my favorite photos from our photo shoot in November: