As one of Australia’s leading editorial, lifestyle and fashion photographers, Jason has worked with the likes of Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, supermodel Helena Christensen, everyone’s fave chef Jamie Oliver and Aussie babes Jessica Hart and Jessica Gomes. Despite his success, his favourite role is the one of dad. Jason and his art director wife Alice have two beautiful babes, Noa and Arlo, whom they are raising on Sydney’s northern beaches. Jason spoke about the joys of fatherhood to Children of the Tribe as part of our Rad Dads series.
You’ve photographed the likes of Dave Grohl, Helen Christensen and Jamie Oliver. How was it being in front of the lens for a change?
Not too bad. I hate having my photo taken but I had the distraction of trying to control the kids and how they looked so it went quite quickly.
You are a photographer and your wife Alice is an art director. Did your kids inherit the creativity gene?
Yes. Noa loves to draw. She’s doing it all the time and she has really started to love taking pictures, too. She is always trying to take pics on the iPhone or with a camera. Lately, she’s been taking pictures and printing them out to stick on her wall next to her pillow.
Cute! Can you share one of your most treasured moments you've shared with your kids?
There are always little moments with kids. Everything is new to them. I love showing them things they have never seen before or doing something they’ve never done. But to be honest, I love every morning when they jump in our bed and just want to be cuddled. I know that’s not going to last forever, so that’s a moment I really treasure.
How would your closest friends describe your parenting style?
Survival. We have no immediate family close by to help out so we are on call 24/7. We are just doing the best we can.
Have you guys had any epic family travel adventures together? If not, where would you love to explore with your tribe?
We have been to the UK a few times with the kids to visit the grandparents, and lots of road trips and camping trips. In a couple of years, we plan to go to New Zealand and get a camper van and do some serious exploring and whale watching.
What has been the most challenging moment as a dad so far?
Every day is a challenge [laughs]. Just trying to understand how their minds work and dealing with every situation in a way that will make them grow and not hinder them. I don’t know what I’m doing - I don’t know if any parent really knows - as each child is so different. I’m just winging it and hoping it’s the right way.
The qualities you love most in your son and daughter?
My daughter is four going on 14. She is a handful. She is very strong-willed and knows exactly what she wants. She has the most amazing traits to become a strong female role model, but at four it’s pretty tiring. I love that she is so strong-minded as she won’t be pressured into doing anything she doesn’t want to do in later life. I hope, anyway! I also love that she is a big daddy’s girl; we have a very special bond. It’s amazing.
My son is so mellow. He is the happiest, smiliest little dude out there. He is very inquisitive and loves to do anything. He is old enough now to play with his sister in a way that is just so cute. He is also very caring; if he gets a bowl or something for himself, he always gets one for his sister, too.
Above all else, what is your one dream for your children?
I just want them to be happy. I am going to try my best to give them every experience I can and help them to see the world so they can be strong independent adults. But isn’t that every parents dream for their kids?