Can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do?
My name is Jasmine Archie. I’m a photographer living in Austin, TX.
How did your interest in photography begin?
When I was young, I loved taking photos and always had a camera in hand. When I got to high school, they offered a photography class, and I decided to try it out! I fell in love with photography during my senior year. It consumed me and I started my business that year.
Describe your photographic process.
I shoot digital and film. So I usually have my typical setup and a reflector with me. When I shoot outside, I use my reflector most of the time. It gives me my signature look!
What role do you feel photography plays in the music industry today?
I feel it plays an important part in the tying of everything together. When you see the album/single artwork, it evokes an emotion that enhances the music that much more!
Can you talk about your video collaboration with Notte jewelry?
I reached out to Notte a while back because I loved their jewelry and wanted to collab. I was very inspired to make a video when I received the jewelry, and my partner and I just went out in the front yard and took some clips, and that’s what we got 🙂
How do you feel about the use of Instagram in your photography and the photo world at large?
Instagram is the biggest tool for photographers. I have a love/hate relationship with it. It’s so amazing that we (creatives) can use it to spread our work to the world. It can also get very frustrating at times, and it becomes very hard not to compare.
How does living and working in Austin and Nashville impact your work?
I’m originally from Nashville and live in Austin now. I go back home every few months to work and see family. Living in these places has very much impacted my work. I feel as if there are some “country” aspects of my photography. I also feel having lived in Nashville I got all 4 different seasons and lots of different colors from nature around me all the time. My use of bold colors is inspired by the Tennessee landscapes.
What is one of the bigger challenges you and/or other photographers are struggling with these days and how do you see it developing?
For me, I’m challenged by constantly seeing others work and feeling the need to constantly put out work/ feelings like I’m not doing enough. Don’t get me wrong, it’s also VERY inspiring, but I get in the habit of comparing my work to others.
From your perspective, what makes a “good” portrait?
A “good portrait” is subjective. Anything that evokes emotion is a good portrait to me.
You and your loft were featured in Architectural Digest (AD). Can you discuss this and the role you feel art and design play in your life (in addition to your photography practice)?
The AD feature was so random, but it’s the best thing to ever happen to me. I would have never imagined I’d be on AD. When Covid hit I had a lot of time on my hands and felt less inspired by photos. I channeled all of that energy into interior design. It’s my new creative outlet. I’m always obsessing about how to make my home feel more creative, bright, and bold. I spend a lot of time here (especially right now), and my home is my sanctuary.
What have been some of your favorite people to work with and/or photograph?
My favorite person in the world to photograph is my partner Jack.
On your page, you separate your portfolio from your artwork, why that distinction?
My artwork is separate because I feel those photos were on the spot and not planned. I was inspired by the moment and took photos of what I felt. Most of my work is planned (not all) and still my art, but it feels different to me when I’m in a moment, not focused on photographing something, but it calls my name.
Who are some of your favorite artists, photographers, designers?
Favorite photographers include Tim Walker, Andre Wagner, Renell Medrano, Tyler Mitchell, Petra Collins. For home design, my absolute favorite right now is Gustaf Westman.
I have a few cool projects coming up I can’t discuss but keep your eyes peeled for them 🙂