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Hey! I'm Jon Sams, a film student at Florida State. I'm also a portrait and lifestyle photographer on the side. Ask me questions.I love questions.

HEY Sorry it took so long, I’ve had 12 hour days on set. 

Basically just keep experimenting, play with things. Test yourself. I found the work of photographers I liked, and I worked to see how they accomplished their style. Play with lighting, indoor, outdoor, contrasty, muted. 

The best thing that happened to me was when I finally took a photography class, I was stuck in a black and white phase. My teacher just told me she wouldn’t accept anything more from me if it was black and white. It MADE me learn how to get what I wanted from color. 

Just keep doing. Let yourself go crazy so you know what you like, and refine and shape and hone until you’re happy with what you have. 

Also on photoshop, recently I’ve been into more contrasty images, but with muted colors. I love a good milky black, which is easy to do in curves, and I’m sure I’ve posted about before. 

If you have any other question let me know and I promise it won’t take a month to answer again. 

The Surreal and the Self has been selected for screening in two more festivals, Sunscreen Film Festival (May 1-4) in St. Petersburg and CineYouth Film Festival ( May 8-10) in Chicago. 

Also the doc is going to be screened this Monday in the Palm Beach International Film Festival at 7pm. Tickets are from $8-$11. I can’t make it but I hope you can. 



Yeah, I know a couple people.  My roommate actually got in after being on the waitlist all summer long and upon finding out that the school wasn’t going to be replacing two spots which were dropped at the last minute, she contacted the dean.  In the end, she got one of the spots. 

So stay positive.  It’s gotten a lot harder to get in due to all the changes the school’s been going through but don’t lose hope.

I was on the wait list for FSU Film and I got in. It’s common for people to drop out, don’t worry.
Like Ray says. Just stay positive.


Hey Alex! I’m so excited that you’re interested in Kyle and My’s work and the doc. I’m not allowed to upload it publicly on the internet just yet, but if you’d like any more information please privately message me or email me at jonsams.film@gmail.com I’d love to answer any questions you have.