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Jean-Marcus Strole, which is pronounced Shawn-Marcus for those who aren’t familiar with Scandinavian pronunciations, was born in the city of Uppsala, Sweden in 1977 (also the birthplace of the 1980’s MEGA rock group Europe who had such hits as “The Final Countdown, and hmmm, well that’s all that you really need to know as far as their music is concerned). His family decided to move to the land of opportunity (no, not the Ukraine) when he was a child. Being that it is a little hard to support yourself at the tender young age of seven, he decided that he should probably move with them and see what the U.S. had to offer, besides a country where you have a 37% chance of becoming a cult member. (Google it. It’s a real statistic.)


Jean-Marcus started the University of Washington in 1995 with a major in architecture. He quickly came to realize that architecture consisted of countless hours trapped in a dark room working to finish a single image. So instead he decided to switch over to photography so he could, uhhh, spend countless hours trapped in a dark room working to finish a single image.


Most people spend four years of their life trying to get their degree. But that wasn’t good enough for Jean-Marcus. He decided to become an overachiever and spend SEVEN years in college (his student loan company is very grateful for that). He took as many art classes as possible including; photography, digital imaging, sculpture, metal casting, metal fabrication, jewelry design, ceramics, and a couple random courses like “Scandinavian Sexuality” just to become as well balanced as possible. I swear the last one is a real class.


Ending his college career in 2002 (and inspiring the movie “Van Wilder”) he decided to put his Bachelor Of Fine Arts in photography to good use. He is now doing what he loves photographing commercials, weddings, fashion, models, and doing anything under the sun involving photography, just as long as it does not involve photographing someone’s kitten in a basket, or their kids dressed up as engineers. That’s what Kmart Studios is for. There really isn’t anything he isn’t interested in photographing so just go ahead and ask. The more random and out there the better. If he slaps you across the face you may finally have found something that he didn’t care for.


Recently Jean-Marcus has branched out into films as well. Writing, directing, and producing have become a great passion of his and he has written many screenplays ranging from comedies to sci-fi to creepy suspense thrillers. His first short film, “The Trophy Wife”, was just creepy enough to make people question his sanity but not creepy enough to keep his now fiance Stacy from going out again with him when he showed it to her on their first date.


All facts in here stand to be tested and true in thirteen double-blind clinical tests except for the statistic about becoming a cult member. But stand your guard for you never know when you may end up with a shaved head, wearing black Nike Cortez shoes, and drinking a pungent punch wondering why in the hell you decided to become a eunuch.


What Sets Jean-Marcus Apart…

Jean-Marcus has always valued his original and unique look at things. He is not a photographer that follows the trends like Instagram styled purchased filters which will look outdated within a few years. He wants each image to look as timeless and unique as the moment.


On a serious note…..A professional photographer with 22 years of experience based in Seattle, but always willing to travel worldwide in order to get the shot needed. Let’s add your wedding, event, or commercial shoot to the map.

In Action

Here is a fun behind the scenes video from a fashion photography shoot that was done at the Northern State Mental Hospital by Seattle Fashion Photographer Jean-Marcus Strole. Might I add the head pieces were also made by Jean-Marcus. Fashion Models Kimber London and Michelle Green wore designs by Helene Hawthorne and hair and makeup was done by Juel Bergholm.

I put together a little sizzler video of a destination wedding that I photographed down in Mexico at the Azul Sensatori Resort Hotel. I thought this would give everyone kind of an idea of what each trip I take to photograph a destination wedding entails. I love coming down several days in advance so that I can spend a lot of time with the couple, the wedding party, the family, and the friends. That way everyone gets to know me and they get comfortable being around me so that the photos are that much more natural. I was so pleased with this wedding even though a big storm came through right after we did the couples beach photos. The ceremony had to be under a patio and the reception was in the ballroom. Neither was ideal or what the bride and groom wanted, but we managed to still get some great photos and everyone was having so much fun dancing that they forgot about it. The free-flowing tequila helps as well. We even got chance to do a Trash The Dress photo shoot in the pool since the water was so murky. We had a blast together and I loved all the photos. Hope you enjoyed the glimpse into my life as a Seattle Destination Wedding Photographer.

After my trip back from Australia I had an engagement shoot to do at 1000 Steps Beach in Laguna Beach California. This couple is hysterical I tell you and it was non stop “air humping” and innuendos during the entire shoot as you’ll see. Originally they told me the last thing they wanted was some beach engagement photos at sunset. We were going back and forth on ideas and then the day photo shoot they hit me up and said they were thinking of just doing beach photos instead… AT SUNSET. Hahaha. The 180 was hysterical but I can’t blame them because the beach was so nice and it was a gorgeous day out with a beautiful sunset.  I am glad they are happy with the photos and got what they wanted, even though it wasn’t what they originally wanted.

I recently did a road trip from Seattle down to Los Angeles to do some fashion photography. I wanted to just wing it and see what I came up with once I got down there. I knew of a fashion designer Bri Seeley who’s stuff I have been seeing all over the place lately and I’ve always been a big fan of her stuff.  On the way down I decided to make a bit of a detour out to Tokeland Washington where a wood artist Jeffro Uitto lives.  He had two amazing hand-carved masks that he had made and let me use for the shoot. Once I got to Los Angeles I skimmed through Bri’s website again to see what her new Chrysalis collection had in it.   Later that evening I scouted a few locations that one of my producer friends had recommended. One of them ended up being perfect and had several options for backgrounds. Plus the colors just went so well with the wood and the fabrics. Early the next morning I was off before the sunrise to pick up the model Viktoria Belany. We got there at about 630 AM and managed to wrap it up by 830 AM. Everything went so well.

Here is a behind the scenes video of the new “Eye Tint” campaign from Gressa Skin that I photographed. And as always made a fun video to bring you all along on the maddness. We had beautiful models, and amazing fashions, and glowing makeup and stylish hair, and kick ass music. All the key ingredients to a successful photo shoot.

Here is some behind the scenes footage of some amazing Seattle Boudoir Photography done with Jean-Marcus Strole Photography. Jean-Marcus was at Jen’s house filming and photographing her first Boudoir Photography session. As you can tell we had a lot of laughs and a great time. And the boudoir photos turned out pretty damn amazing as well if I don’t say so myself.