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About MeIf you've come here by way of one of my online portfolios (Model Mayhem, Deviant Art, etc.) chances are you already know quite a bit about me & my work. As such feel free to skip over this section & explore the rest of the site. For those of you who are encountering me for first time, please allow me to tell you a little bit about myself.

My name is Jason Hood & I am a photographer living in the Sacramento area. I first got involved with photography a little over a decade ago in what I like to call a "happy accident". Ever since I was a young child I had been involved with the Arts. When I got to college I decided to take my first "official" photography class; Photo 1: Beginning Photography. I figured it would make a good supplement to my existing arts skill set. What I hadn't counted on was falling in love with the subject. Soon after that first class I decided that photography was what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I went on to take any, & all, photo classes & workshops. From film to digital, from B&W to colour, from traditional & classic processes to Photoshop & Digital Imaging. I took them all! I even took classes in experimental & alternative techniques & processes (cyanotypes, Polaroid image transfer, etc.). Let's also not forget the classes in lighting, composition, & photo history. Basically if it had anything to do with photography I was there.

One of my other loves, besides photography, is pinup & erotic art. While I can't point to an exact time this interested started or what first sparked it off I can point to certain events that certainly helped it along. One of the oldest of these is from nearly two decades ago. A friend of mine sent me a bunch (around 10 to 15) trading cards that featured the artwork of Olivia De Berardinis. I was hooked. Soon I was collected all I could of all the different trading card sets featuring her work; not to mention books, etc. This led to my discovery of other great pinup artists. From well known masters such as Vargas & Elvgren to lesser known, but still artist such as Zoe Mozart & Earl McPherson. Another memory I have is of trading Bettie Page, my all time favorite model, photos online with my friend Ang. This helped to guide me away from the painted world & into that of live, photographed models. Other artists, models, & photographers that I count as inspirations are: Bunny Yeager, Man Ray, Dali, Luis Royo, & many other. Far to many to list them all here.

With these dual loves, Photography & Pinup/Erotic Art, in my life I suppose it was only natural I decide to take the next step & start creating photos & artwork of my own. Over the last few years I have made a couple attempts at this. Most of which had to be aborted when life got in the way. I finally decided that this year, 2012, would be the year I focused seriously on things to get them up and running. Thus DarkMoon Studios, & this site, was born!

Contact InfoThat's pretty much it. At least for now. I'll probably update & revise this page as time goes on. Meanwhile if you have any questions you are welcome to contact me. Email is usually best, but you can also call. While I might not get back to you the same day I will do my best to get back to you ASAP; usually within a few days. Thanks! I hope you enjoy your stay!

Phone #(650) 455 6027
EmailJason@DarkMoonStudios.net