Jeff Agard is 28 years old and made his first skydive on April 30, 1993, doing a static line at Turners Falls Massachusetts. "The jump happened so fast, that I had to go back up and try it again. Another static line and I knew this was where I wanted to be." He spent most of his aerial life at the Massachusetts Sport Parachute Club, which started off at the Turners Falls Airport. Then, the MSPC moved over to the Orange Municipal Airport, and became known as Jumptown.
"It is a wonderful club and is currently in a growing phase (flying an Otter every weekend). I have been staff there for almost as many years as I have been jumping. It started off with getting my Static Line JM rating, next came Tandem video, and finally the AFF JM rating. This friendly and safe dropzone offers excellent backgrounds for taking pictures." says Jeff.
To date Jeff has made 2,043 jumps. Jump #150 was his first jump with a video camera. By now, his video jumps number about 900 or so. In 1999, he began to explore still shots more deeply.
Jeff says most of what he have learned about freefall photography he learned from Keith Larrett while he was on staff at Skydive Daytona Beach. "He helped me find the creative side of capturing great pictures. Another influence on my photography is a great friend of mine, Paul Jackson. PJ is a photography student and skydiver from Jumptown who helps me with the technical aspects of taking pictures."
"I shoot with slide film primarily, because it offers much higher color saturation. The colors are better than life...almost. I love super wide-angle shots because it forces you to fly close. I also appreciate close up, zoomed in shots with short depth of field because you don't see too many of them in skydiving."
Jeff says that one of the aspects he loves about skydiving photography is that no matter how many pictures have been taken, the ones you take have never existed before he pushed the shutter release. "The moment is created in front of me and I steal about 1/250th of a second of that moment and turn it into something people can smile at for years."
Currently, he work as a customer service representative, but hopes to find a career in the photography industry.