Oh, I’m so excited to have had the opportunity to sit down with this amazing artist. Jessica, of Jessica Max, has such a unique eye for creating such powerful images. Her work really speaks to your soul, but what I love about her photography the most, is the levels of depth she captures in women. She has a way of capturing the authenticity of a person’s life. Jessica, thank you so much for taking the time to sit down with us. I’m so excited to jump into this interview with you.
1. Jessica, tell us a little bit about yourself and family.
Heyyyyyyy! I have three children, 12, 7, + 6, and I grew up in Michigan near the lake. My husband and I have been married for 8 years and we love to travel and adventure. I am obsessed with water and my work gravitates to a little bit darker and moodier.
2.You recently lived in Puerto Rico, did you find new inspiration in your photography while living there?
During our stay in Puerto Rico it really made me see light a little differently and honestly it made me a lot braver. It’s almost always harsh light there and when we moved I was horrified but there isn’t a way around it so I started shooting. Now, I’m in love. Give me harsh light and shadows over flat light ANY day.
3. If you could have any artist photograph your family who would it be and why?
Ahhhhh, it is SO hard to choose just one person but I am incredibly in love with Twyla Jones. Her work is moody and beautiful and I would adore her to photography my family.
4. If you could photograph something new or completely out of your comfort zone what would you shoot?
Hmm… maybe fashion photography or product photography? I don’t even know what my comfort zone is anymore, haha!
5. Are there any new techniques you have been dying to practice or try out?
I absolutely love water, and I incorporate it in my work fairly often but I looooove underwater photography and I’d love to actually try to focus on that a bit.
6. If someone offered to buy you one piece of photography equipment, what would you choose?
Oh goodness, ONE piece of equipment is hard. Haha. I am an electronics hoarder. I am dying for a tilt shift lens, so most likely that. And a MacBook Pro, I need a new laptop like yesterday.
7. Your work is so emotive and really focuses on connection, what do you think draws you to those types of shoots?
I am just naturally a really emotional moody person and I shoot what I see. Connection is so important for me, and capturing people in a raw and emotional state just tells the kind of story that I love.
8. What are some of your long term goals you have set for both yourself and business?
I’m really going to focus on creating a seamless brand this year, and applying for CMPro has been on my list for a while.
9. If you weren’t doing photography what do you think you would be doing instead?
If I wasn’t doing photography, I’d be doing something with art probably. I went to school for Architecture originally and I draw a lot.
10. Would you leave us with some words of wisdom to both new and seasoned photographers?
I think it’s important to try to find someone to mentor you or just to have someone you can ask questions and bounce ideas off of. Be nice. We’re in it together, and I think we should act that way. You don’t have to like everyone, because that’s rediculous, but you shouldn’t dislike someone just because they’re also a photographer in your area and “competition”. I wish it wouldn’t have taken me so long to realize that I needed to shoot for myself, and shoot what I loved, even in client work. People should hire you for not only your work but for your personality and your vision and it’s really hard to keep those things separate for me. I am my art, and my art is me.
Thank you again, Jessica for sitting down with us. To see more of Jessica’s beautiful work please check out the links below.
Rebecca Wang is a documentary and lifestyle photographer that lives on the beautiful central coast of California. She has 2 boys, ages 3 and 7, and an amazing supportive husband whom supports all of her ideas. Rebecca is a military spouse, so traveling and change is very common for their family and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Rebecca is inspired by her daily life and the adventures and traveling her family do. She has had many blog interviews and guest appearances, a spread and cover photo on beyond the wanderlust photography magazine, had an honorable mention and two nominee photos in the child photo competition, and is currently doing her first 365 photo project. She is so happy to be apart of the Light Inspired team, and can’t wait to find, meet, and showcase inspiring artists for you all to meet.