About Jarod

Jarod KnotenSince I was little I have always had a curiosity for how things worked. That curiosity is what ultimately sparked my fire for photography. My mother had purchased a Pentax K1000 from a yard sale and I wanted to teach myself how to use the camera. I was lucky enough for my first job to be at the Tulsa Zoo and I had an abundance of beautiful things to photograph. After completely ruining many rolls of film, I eventually figured it out. Soon zoo keepers and the horticulture department wanted copies of my photographs and I had my own gallery at the zoo in the Safari Grill restaurant. Eventually I left my job at the zoo and started work at a local camera shop. This allowed me access to a ton of equipment and vastly broadened my knowledge in the art. While working at the camera shop I also worked as a freelance photographer shooting weddings and models, as well as the head photojournalist for an entertainment newspaper “The Tulsa Independent” in which I had the opportunity to do a lot editorial and concert photography. Eventually I ended up switching professions after a regular customer at the camera store offered me a job at his e-commerce company (Diamondstudsonly.com) where I am currently the VP of Internet Technology. After a couple of years of focusing on my work at DSO I started to get the photo bug. Things had changed quite a bit in the photography world and my 35mm and Medium format film equipment were on the verge of extinction. So I decided to sell off my film equipment and enter this great new world of DSLR. Quickly I realized how much I missed photography and decided to start shooting again and have enjoyed every second of it. On August 22, 2009 I married my beautiful wife Claire, who now shoots with me and accompanies me as the second photographer. She has a great eye and offers a unique perspective that compliments my own. In August 2010 I moved to Greenville, NC to join my wife as she finishes up her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology at the ECU Brody School of Medicine. I am looking forword to working in Eastern North Carolina.

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