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Interview with Jeremy Cowart – Celebrity Portrait Photographer Extraordinaire

By Pye Jirsa on May 3rd 2012

Jeremy Cowart has developed quite a name for himself through his amazing photography, along with his ambitious non-profit organization Help Portrait.

Jeremy has shot celebrity icons including Tim Tebow, Taylor Swift, The Kardashians, Carrie Underwood, Sting, Brad Paisley, Ron Artest, Ryan Secrest, and so many more! But from a personal side, I have to say one of the most impressive things about Jeremy is that he is a simple, humble, down to earth guy. In fact, not once in our conversation did Jeremy name drop, toot his own horn, or anything; we wouldn’t blame him if he did, I mean look at that list of clientele, ha!

Perhaps his humble and approachable nature is one of the small things that contributes to his enormous success. Well, that and the fact that the man can create some pretty incredible images.

While Jeremy stays incredibly busy shooting, he still has time to give back through his own non-profit Help-Portrait. Jeremy created Help-Portrait to allow photographers to give back to their communities by photographing and helping build confidence of those less fortunate. Since inception, Help-Portrait has given over 169,000 portraits from over 15,500 photographers in 56 countries!

If that weren’t enough, Jeremy is also doing a LifeFinder tour teaching photographers around the country.

Jeremy is truly an inspiration, and in this interview we talk through several topics including: how Jeremy got his start in celebrity photography, concepts and visions behind shoots, what photographers need to stand out, favorite gear, and much more. Enjoy!

Click the links below for more information on Jeremy’s Latest Projects:

Jeremy’s Portfolio
Jeremy’s LifeFinder Tour

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  1. Ed Rhodes


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  3. Stani Erich

    lil awkward there…

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  4. Rhanson84

    Great interview, was bummed when it got yanked down yesterday and now is missing all the App conversation but still great. I’m assuming a request from Jeremy or his team.

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  5. Anonymous

    Great friggen video!!

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  6. Carmella Rodriguez

    Thanks for sharing the great interview. I had a chance to attend a presentation of Jeremy’s in DC in March and was so inspired by him,not only as a photographer, but also by his character.

    I am looking forward to participating in Help Portrait this year!

    Carmella Rodriguez

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  8. Joe Gunawan

    I was a part of Help Portrait 2011. What a great cause and I’d definitely do it again in ’12. Hope to see more of you there!

    – Joe Gunawan |

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