Black Leather Media is just my business name. I am freelance photographer Jeff Binion.
I have been a semi-professional freelance photographer since 2010. Though I originally started my photography passion in 1980, I never considered it as a viable means of income until 2010. In 2010 I was contacted, out of the blue, by a Celebrity tabloid out of New York that asked if I could cover a couple of events for them. This was during Superbowl Week in Miami, Florida and Miami Beach was hosting tons of events. I’ll save that story for some other time. Though I will say a couple of those event photos made me enough money that I began to see it as a means of additional income. You’ll see a number of celebrity images in my event page.
Pictured left: One of the photos I caught outside the event as Kim Kardashian and her Mom were leaving.
I bought my first camera, a Pentax K1000, in 1980. The K1000 was, and as far as I know, still is, the most recommended film camera for beginners taking photography courses. Why ? Because it can be used in 100% manual mode . In school they teach you the basics of the camera operation to acquire proper exposure of the film. As opposed to setting the camera on automatic mode and letting the camera figure it out for you. This wasn’t really an option back in the day 😉 As camera’s developed, automation became more popular in the 70’s and 80’s on film camera’s. Of course many of the old school mentality shunned automatic camera’s. Ok .. enough of that.
This is an image of one of the first concerts I shot on June 6, 1980. This is Allen Collins of the Rossington Collins Band. It was taken at the Tennessee Theatre (now demolished) in one of the first concerts they did after the airplane crash and loss of 3 members of the original band Lynyrd Skynyrd. Rossington Collins Band was the resurrection of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Again, I’ll save that story for another time.
So, from 2010 until the present, I’ve been honing my skills and merged into the digital world as most photographers have. Though I still very much love working in film photography. There’s just a warmth there that you can’t get in digital format. I compare it to how music migrated from analog to digital. Again, to me, there’s a warmth in analog recordings that you just can’t replicate in digital format. Maybe I’m just getting old 😉
During the past 10 years I’ve taken every photography challenge that’s come my way so, I’m diverse in the areas I’ve covered.
Living on Miami Beach for 17 years, I’ve had many opportunities to explore different genres and I’ve done a little of it all. From products to street photography to real estate and even some paparazzi work. Oh .. and I’ve also done a few weddings.
I believe working in many areas has helped me to become a better overall photographer. Learning to use light is the one thing I’d say is most important. The lighting environment is constantly changing in different situations. You learn to see the light and adapt quickly.
All of the images on this website were taken by me. I believe they will give you an idea of my capabilities, or lack thereof. If you would like to discuss something, feel free to reach out with questions or to inquire about my services.
Look forward to hearing from you.