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About Jinsey

jinseyJinsey Dauk can’t sit still. She never could, probably.

Enthusiasm and ambition propelled this lively, animated Photographer / Actress / Model into her own business as early as the eighth grade. “I did kids’ portraits, then” explains Dauk. “But the kids wouldn’t sit still. It was the last thing they wanted to do. I had to follow them around – inside, outside -like a moving camera. It wasn’t easy, but the pictures came out full of life.” That’s why today Dauk doesn’t need her subjects to sit still. “I catch people alive, in the Now. I catch that spirit in people.”

Dauk, who lives in New York City, is no stranger to either end of the camera. A Ford model and former Elite model, she’s got Vogue, Life, Bride’s and American Health covers in her portfolio. She’s been in more than 60 commercials, including Coca Cola, Nestle’s Quick, Red Lobster, Aqua Fresh and currently appears in Dimetapp, Easy-Off and Palmolive. (Yep, that’s her you’ve spotted with all those dalmations.) Jinsey even won a Clio award (the Academy award for Commercials) for her Phillips light bulb commercial. After a two-year stint in Europe, modeling in Paris, Milan, London, Hamburg and Munich, Dauk moved into a rooftop apartment in New York City. “A friend of mine with a new haircut needed pictures done. My apartment was being renovated and there were holes that let in the right kind of light. I used it to shoot her and the pictures came out great.”

Dauk then began shooting other models at Ford. The “big break” came when one model used her photography for her headshot. “Mari Lyn Henry, who then was head of casting at ABC, called me and said she loved my work. I had done a commercial and I thought she meant my acting. But she was talking about my photography! For a time I even told everyone in my acting class, ‘I’ll shoot you for free.’ Ever since then I’ve been busy.”

Busy seems to be all Dauk knows. In college, at North Carolina’s Wake Forest University, Dauk didn’t just take photography classes. She taught them. She studied film production, psychiatry, and began modeling the summer before her senior year.

about“My first job was on the cover of Life. They wanted a picture of a model near a waterfall in a bathing suit. They said we’d film in Utah and we’d fly there by helicopter and I’d probably have to jump out of the helicopter on a rope and I said ‘Yes! Wow! Great! Great!’ I’m sure other models were afraid to do it. But, Ha! We didn’t even go to Utah. We shot it right in Connecticut.”

class-pics-final_Final-20Dauk attributes her success to this sort of enthusiasm. “I’m sure I’ve gotten a lot of commercial work because of my attitude,” she says, all the while eating breakfast, answering the phone and handling clients. “Casting directors look for unique personalities – and enthusiasm. Be yourself. Train, of course – and have confidence.”

Having no fear of hard work, many successes have followed after that waterfall job. J. Michael Bloom, Dauk’s agent on both coasts, has helped her land national commercial spots as well as appearances on shows the likes of Law and Order. And there’s a movie, Love or Money, with Tim Daly.

Dauk, believe it or not, has another side to her multi-personality. She is also an athlete. She plays softball, volleyball, tennis, golfs, swims, works out and even played basketball in college. “I’ve been six-feet tall since sixth grade. I’m big on sports – a big clown – always the athlete, always performing.”

It’s that moment of performance in action that Dauk shoots for with her camera. “Catch that climax of the game, that moment when the ball leaves the player’s hands and you’ve caught life. Catch that in a headshot, and you’ve really connected.”

Dauk’s studio is in her New York apartment. She utilizes natural light. (But no more holes in the ceiling.) “I have big windows facing the Hudson River. Clients really like it. I try to make their session as enjoyable as possible. When they leave they say, ‘Wow, that was fun.’ ”

“That’s been the key for me. My life has been run by what brings the most fun.” Lately that also means doing wedding photography. But not just the run-of-the-mill wedding photography. “Wedding photography has been missing something for a long, long time: Creativity! My wedding work is full of life, full of humor, full of emotion, and chock full of fun! I shoot documentary style black & white and color photographs, and my philosophy is more of the photojournalist’s – catching real life happening versus posing everyone like crazy. I’m IN the moment versus MAKING the moment!” Her clients really respond well to the filmic quality and the nostalgic feeling of the black & whites. She’s already been published over 25 times in national magazines.

Photography Projects

2012

  • (2008 to Present): Rotating large scale Fine Art Installation of Metallic Prints under Plexi at Rapid Ratings International, Tribeca, NY
  • (Contact for appointment)
  •  (1984 to Present): Actor, artist and author portraits
  • (1984 to Present): “Playbill Magazine”, Contributing photographer
  • (1984 to Present): Engagement Photos, New York Times
  • (1977 to Present): Children and family documentary-style portraits

2011

  • (2009 to 2011): Fine Art Installation at Vino Venu, San Francisco, CA

2010

  • (2009 to 2010):“A Day in the Life of”, Tribeca Community School Tribeca, NY
  • Eric Lindell at Sullivan Music Hall, Performance photos, Greenwich Village, NY
  • Food Matters, Culinary photos, Tribeca, NY

2007

  • Fine Art Installation at Mitchells, Westport, CT
  • Fine Art Installation at Design within Reach, Greenwich Arts
  • Council’s Art to the Avenue, Greenwich, CT

2006

  • Fine Art Installation at Richards, Greenwich Arts Council’s Art to the Avenue, Greenwich, CT
  • T.O.A.S.T., Fine Art Solo Show, Tribeca, NY
  • White St Synagogue for the Arts, Fine Art Group Show, Tribeca, NY
  • NY Law School, Fine Art Group Show, Tribeca, NY
  • The Cultural Center, Fine Art Group Show, Upper West Side, NY
  • Art Gotham, Fine Art Group Show, Greenwich Village, NY
  • Off the Hook, Performance photos, NY, NY
  • “Trust and Devotion”, Film stills, Brooklyn, NY

2005

  • French Institute /Alliance Francaise, Fine Art Solo Show Upper East Side, NY
  • Emily Jeans, Fashion Campaign Photos, Darien CT

2004

  • “A Day in the Life of”, Park Avenue Christian Church Day School, Upper East Side, NY

2003

  • (1995 to 2003): Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides Magazine, Modern Bride, The Knot/NY, New York Bride, The Knot/RI, New Jersey Bride, Connecticut Wedding, Greenwich Magazine and all their affiliated websites, Photojournalism features

2001

  • ”Vera Wang on Weddings”, Contributing Photographer, published by William Morrow

1991

  • “Dogfights Over Fish, It’s Aerial War When Tuna Spotters Fly”, Sport’s Illustrated Magazine, Photographer

1990

  • “The Complete Recreational Rower and Racer”, Photographer, published by Three Rivers Press
  • (1983 to 1990): “American Health Magazine”, Contributing photographer

1989

  • “Dropping in the Series, Parachutist Mike Sergio’s Landing into the World Series”, Sport’s Illustrated Magazine, Photographer

1988

  • “Regatta: A Celebration of Oarsmanship”, Photographer, published by Simon and Schuster

1986

  • “Yasmine Bleeth” NY Post piece, Photographer

1985

  • “Shakespeare & Company Bookstore”, ARTE Magazine, Photographer, Paris, France

1984

  • “Rowing and the Pursuit of Excellence”, Second Wind Magazine, Photographer

1982

  • Vogue Italia, Cover model

1981

  • Brides Magazine, Cover model

1980

  • Life Magazine, Cover model

1977

  • Alfred Stieglitz Award for Fine Art Photography, Winner