Jason's driving force has always been photography. For him, shooting from the heart means having a bigger purpose outside of travel. It’s not just about preserving the big or fleeting moments forever and making an impression. It’s about the challenge of forever pushing the boundaries of creativity while being in the dramatic environments he loves, and noticing something in an alternatively beautiful way. Capturing unseen realities. It lets him connect with what he's viewing, to intimately see it and then convey it with meaning. And essentially, bring the viewer on location with him in still frames.
Telling a story about a place, a subject or an experience behind the lens often involves his partner, Lisa Morris, whom he trusts implicitly in dicey situations, to get the shot. Unforgiving weather intersecting their route, and long painstaking days waiting for the sun to break through the clouds in biting temperatures; it can be grueling at times but the experiences have been gratifying and unforgettable.
Adventure Bike Rider, ADVMoto Magazine, ADVPulse, BIKE Magazine, BMW Club Journal, BMW Owners News, Expedition Portal, Horizons Unlimited, Iron and Air, Last Frontier Magazine, Motorcycle Explorer Magazine, Motorcycle Mojo Magazine, Motorcycle, Sport and Leisure, Overland Journal, Overland Magazine, RideApart, Rider, Road Trip Magazine, TNT Magazine, Tracks Magazine, Wanderlust.
Big Agnes, Butler Motorcycle Maps, Columbia – Sportswear Company, ExOfficio, Gerbing, Giant Loop, Good To-Go, Helinox, Helly Hansen, Hilleberg The Tentmaker, Hi-Tec, Hydro Flask, KLIM, Lowepro, Lume Cube, Kriega, MSR, NiteRider, Oboz Footwear, SCHUBERTH, SealSkinz, Sea to Summit, Sena, Solo Stove, Therm-a-rest, TomTom, Twisted Throttle, Weego.
Adventure-Spec, Aerostich, Alt-Berg - The Yorkshire Bootmaker, Black Dog Cycle Works, Blacks, BLOC Eyewear, Butler Maps, Cotswold Outdoor, Craghoppers, Enduristan, Heidenau, Rukka, Sprayway, SW-Motech, Juneau Whale Watch, Millets - The Outdoor Store, Overland Empire, Rab, Skagway Tours, Star Brite, Teva, The Adventure-Bike Shop, Ultimate Outdoors, Woody’s Wheel Works.
EICMA - Milan Motorcycle Show, Milan, Italy
INTERMOT - International Motorcycle, Scooter and E-Bike Fair, Cologne, Germany
Motorcycle Live, Birmingham, U.K.
Spafford has produced stirring content for travel operators, motorcycle touring companies and a stock footage library.
Specifically, Argentina Moto Tours, Compass Light Productions, Dissolve (whose clients include National Geographic and Netflix), and tourist boards throughout the Americas.
His films have been showcased at the Adventure Travel Film Festival in the U.K. and Australia, Horizons Unlimited in Canada, Motorcycle Live in the U.K. and Overland ExPo West and East in the U.S.A. and the .
“Thanks for your detailed update and congratulations on all of your accomplishments durning 2017. I know the year ahead will be full of new opportunities and experiences which will be richly rewarding for both of you. I love working with you. If future opportunities develop for us to work together on something else, please let me know.”–Owner
“It speaks volumes when a colleague refers someone to us. We are finding traction in the overland market and I do see there being some opportunity to work together. I am impressed by the work that both you and Jason do, and enjoyed your site and provided sample content.”–Marketing and Digital Media Director
Hayter Communications PR
“What an awesome recap and amazing year! Congrats! Great to see all of these accomplishments and it’s been fun working together.”–Marketing and PR representative Hydro Flask “I really appreciate you guys being so awesome about sending us photos. We are stoked to continue working with you both.“–PR & Communications Manager
Juneau Whale Watch
“Your efforts have been paying off. I hope we will always stay in touch and I bet we will find a way to work together again. I really appreciate it! You are worth it and we value your amazingness!”–Manager
“I love working with you because you’re incredibly organized and adventurous and your images are great.”–Marketing co-ordinator
Overland Expo WEST/EAST
“I just wanted to send a personal THANK YOU! I am fully aware of the endless hours of shooting, editing, sound fixing you have spent to create your masterpiece. Let me assure you it had an impact that night, and we may have yet another new bunch of travellers on their way to their own overland experience. For what you do, indeed, matters. Until we meet again.“–Film Festival Curator
SCHUBERTH USA and Germany
“Top notch work in promotion of the brands! So far you guys are doing everything we could hope for! Thanks for all the great work! I will continue to pass your photos along to our friends in the German office…all the things we’ve been getting from you is top notch!…I want to take a moment to say that we absolutely love all the photos you guys take, absolutely top notch. Mit freundlichen Grüßen / Best Regards…“–Marketing manager, USA
“Thank you for sharing the wonderful pictures and we always appreciate being able to see your adventures! Keep sending those images, we love them! Mit freundlichen Grüßen / Best Regards” Marketing Coordinator, USA
“Your shots were absolutely superb as you understood what we really needed. The combination of our briefing along with your personal creative ideas and skills made the outcome more than satisfying.You guys implemented our briefing perfectly and mixed it very creatively with your personal style. And that’s just awesome!”–Head of Marketing, Germany
Sea to Summit USA
“I wanted to touch base with you both in regards to our pending 2017 partnership. I’ve had a chance to discuss with the rest of my team and there is no question we absolutely love working with you folks, and we appreciate the superior photo content & editorial that you consistently deliver.“–Marketing and Social Media Co-ordinator
Sheldon Mountain House
“I’m stunned at the incredible images on your website; so inspiring and gobsmacking! What a thrilling and epic adventure you & Jason had. AND I just read through the coverage on our Mountain House: it is pure poetry, fantastic wordsmithing!!! I love the way you write and describe everything. Super WOW. You absolutely captured Talkeetna, the anticipation for the flight, and the experience at the Mountain House so authentically! Thank you!”–Owner
“You and Lisa have done a killer job on social media! Thank you so much for your contributions this year.“–Manager
“Thank you for constantly wanting to check in and make sure that you are in good standing as far as our relationship and partnership goes. Its very clear that you care about the Rab brand and want to help us expand, so really, thanks!…I enjoy your photos you and Jason produce…The product placement in magazines and the face-to-face “influencer” capacity is great…I do want to mention that we are super thankful for everything you guys have done so far, you are the first “ambassador” this company has had (at least in North America).“–Marketing personnel
“Thank you so much for these amazing awesome pictures! Absolutely breathtaking!…Can we use some of your photos in our marketing? We are impressed. We at Rukka HQ are impressed in everything you have done.“–Motorsport Division
“I really love what you are doing. Everytime I see some of your photos I would love to pack my stuff and leave… :o) And another very positive point: You are so active and it is very nice that you keep me up to date.”–Marketing
“The May issue is just hitting the stands and your story looks amazing! The designers did a great job and you’ll be proud.”–Senior Editor
“You’ve always got great photos.”–Editor
“The piece is beautiful and as I would have expected. To be honest, all of your pieces are fantastic. I love it! That is the type of stuff that does well. It appeals to the people unable to travel, or those inching closer to the door to embark on their own adventure. It’s great…The two of you have done so well to hone your writing and image-making crafts. It’s always a treat to read something new and see the vids and pics you get. Love the image you sent from Punta Olympica near Huaraz, Peru. I just have to say it again! This is the single best selection of images we have ever received. So incredible. The amount of time, skill, and life experience there is wrapped up in these shots is not lost on me. Congratulations. Chapeau! Thank you again and nice work!“–Senior Editor, Expedition Portal