JLP is John Loomis Photography, provider of fine visual services crafted on location or in studio anywhere. JLP is based in Washington D.C. and New York City. Loomis is best known for energetic and creative portraiture and his passion for story telling inspired from a background in photojournalism. John was born in Miami, raised first on an alfalfa farm in rural Georgia then college football-obsessed, Spanish moss-covered Tallahassee before heading to college in the midwest. He takes his coffee black, his women Polish and his pictures without a tripod.
ESPN: the Magazine
The Hollywood Reporter
New York Magazine
New York Times Magazine
JLP in the Media
Who: John Dixon Loomis
What: portraiture and reportage for commercial and editorial clients
Where: WDC + NYC (or anywhere)
Why: pretty simple: because I love it. I'm passionate about telling stories through the craft of photography and attempting to use pictures to help myself and others better understand and appreciate ourselves and the world around us. But maybe most important, I just like to work hard, have fun, meet and work with interesting people, and explore new places.
How: Quasi-yoga, at least it feels like it most days. We work hard, we work fast, we try to jam in as many ideas as possible, as much energy as possible. We listen to subjects and clients, solve problems, do our research, react to new opportunities and random good luck, and just keep pushing until the subject calls quits. Shock and awe, shake and bake, whatever works.
From: Tallahassee, FL
Status: taken, 2 kids, 1 goldfish.
Freelance since: 2002
Background: began by stringing for the daily newspaper freshman year of high school which led me to studying photojournalism (and English) at the University of Missouri. Multiple newspaper internships later I went freelance; my first big break involved photographing a lady and her marbles.
Gear: whatever tool works, works for me. But typically Pentax 645 digital, Mamiya 6x7, Sony digital, Broncolor lighting.
Contributing: ESPN: the Magazine
Digital? Motion? Film?: of course, yes and always.
Recent honors: American Photography 32, 30, 29, 26; CommArts 2008
Interests: indie rock, jumping off stuff, college football (University of Miami, sigh), manual typewriters & transmissions, hiking, bourbon/mezcal, Sherlock Holmes, public transportation, big trees, BBQ, pork in general, grilling stuff, scalloping, skeet shooting, impressing others with my (scant) wine knowledge, irony, urban planning, good pho, architecture, Cezanne, typography, list making.
Collects: flasks, bitters, concert lithographs, radiological negatives
Favorite athlete: Bo Jackson
Golf handicap: 18++
Dogs or cats: dogs
High school mascot: lion
Near death experiences (on assignment): 4
Broken bones (lifetime): 2
Desert island, top 5 movies (no order): Blues Brothers, Coming to America, Groundhog Day, Grosse Pointe Blank, On The Town
First vinyl purchase: Lionel Ritchie "Dancing on the Ceiling"
First tape purchase: Def Leopard "Hysteria"
First CD purchase: Red Hot Chili Peppers "Blood Sugar Sex Magik"
Fav. recent editing soundtrack (w/ headphones, full volume): Jamie XX "In Colour"
Death row meal: turkey club, duck fat fries, pints of Old Speckled Hen