Interview with Photographer Jenna Michelle
Photographer: Jenna Michele @photojenic_artistree Female Model: Nikki Kurtz @n_ikkiii
Female Model: Shian Long @Shianjlong Wardrobe Stylist: Mariah Jackson @spiritual.goddess
Makeup Artist: Sabreah Sanchez @myalluringlooks Female Model: Khani La'l Young @khaniyoung
Hey Jenna, We are so happy to have you as a part of INTRA magazine, Could you tell our readers a little about your self?
Of course! I got my first poloroid camera when I was about 9yrs old. I was obsessed with taking photos of trees, clouds and flowers! My little sister was born when I was 10yrs old and I would take photos of her and then my little brother came and I would take photos of both of them and post them on MySpace. I never wanted to take photos of people but by 18 I broke down and did my first photo shoot.
We adore the mixture of colours and textures within these shots! What were your inspirations or thought processes behind this series? Is there a story?
These outfits as well as the studio was picked out by an amazing stylist. When taking the photos as well as editing them I did my best to capture how the outfits made me feel and the vibe I got from them. The studio had a sort of junk area where I found those AMAZING works of art and I had to have the models pose in front of them.
These images are stunning. What is the impression you want viewers to get from your work?
Thank you! I want to impress that ALL WOMEN ARE BEAUTIFUL! I am Black, White and Salvadoran and it is important to me to showcase the beauty in bi - racial, Hispanic and Black women. There is such a negative stigma (in my experience) in being bi-racial and I want to showcase UNITY! There is already such an up hill battle being a woman that our skin color should not matter. We need to lift each other up and cheer for each other not tear us down. If nothing else I want so showcase the beauty in melanin.
Is photography something you have always been passionate about?
I have always wanted to be an artist. I used to color giant velvet portraits from age 4. Photography came around when I got my first camera however when I was younger I had a type of photographic memory so pictures have always been apart of me.
What would you say is your favourite thing about photography?
My favorite thing with nature photography is getting to capture a beautiful moment forever. My favorite thing with fashion editorial is the art of it! The makeup, the style, the set up, I love it all!
Is there another photographer who has influenced or inspired you through you creative journey?
I don’t have a single photographer that as influenced me but I do have mountains of photos that I get inspiration and especially now with instagram being such a huge platform I get inspired everyday.
What do you think is your biggest accomplishment to date?
My biggest accomplishment to date is simply that after 20 years, I am still doing it. I have been taking pictures since I was 9yrs old and that is amazing to me.
Is there any thing key in the future your aiming for?
I would like to see my photos in Vogue. That would just be the most amazing accomplishment.
Lets talk about equipment for a bit! Do you have any favourite pieces of equipment you couldn’t live without?
I actually usually shoot with normal light so my camera has just been my favorite forever but the lens filters I just got from Prism Lens come to a close second! The photo of the models in the car was actually shot with their Dream Lens.
If you had unlimited money and resources to create whatever shoot set up you wanted, who and what would you photograph?
I would honestly LOVE to shoot in a Greek Museum. I would have a 10ft tall glass pool in front of one of their statues and shoot the model flowing in a white dress as if she is dancing with the statue.
Lastly do you have any tips for Photographers or Creatives at the start of their journey?
Trust your eye and don’t follow the trend!
We want to Thank you for featuring within INTRA, where could viewers find more information about you and connect with your work?
I am on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tiktok and of course my website!