A Quick Q&A With Samantha Jane | Photographer
-Do you agree that you are challenged everyday to create something that has never been created before?
"Absolutely. As a very self-motivated, driven person, I am constantly pushing myself to grow as an artist and to step out of my comfort zone when it comes to my work."
-Can you describe your creative process? What do you look for when creating a shoot and do your shoots line up to be what you expected?
"My creative process always starts with being inspired. Creativity comes to me in waves, so when inspiration strikes, usually from music, scenery or books, I always know that it's the start of a new project. I also have an amazing team that I work with regularly who are my backbone of support throughout the creative project. Having those people in your life who you can dream with, brainstorm with, and create with are essential. I am a huge planner, so my process almost always involves planning meetings with my team where we will put together a plan for the day of the shoot. Everything from the location, theme, wardrobe, makeup and hair, props, etc will all be planned in advance so that the day-of things run smoothly. My shoot ideas are often based around an idea or feeling that I want to portray to my audience, so that is always kept in the forefront of our minds the day of the shoot so that we can be sure things go the way we want them to and we are purposeful in our intent."
-You have to have a favorite artist in mind that drives your creativity or inspires you, who is it?
"I am constantly inspired by so many incredible artists!! But a few favorites are Sue Bryce for her business savvy, Ben Sasso for his unique and authentic shooting strategies, and Allegra Messina for her creative portrait style."
-How would you describe yourself as a person & artist?
"I'm an introvert who loves working with people, as strange as that sounds! I believe very strongly in the power of people knowing their worth, and everything I do is driven by my desire to see others be inspired and empowered to experience the fullness of their own unique creativity. I grew up traveling the country with my family and am a true travel-addict at heart. My childhood friend became my husband almost 2 years ago, and he is my greatest supporter and best friend. I live for adventure and exploring new places, and I would easily sell everything I own to pick up and travel the world with my hubby and camera. I believe that cultivating genuine relationships with those in the industry is the best possible way to work, and I have been so blessed to have met some life-changing people along my journey. I wake up every morning excited to continue learning, growing and creating as I share my passion with others."
-How did you know you wanted to be a photographer?
"I picked up my first camera at 12 years old and never looked back. Something in my soul latched on to this outlet of creating and I knew in that moment it would be a major part of my life from then on. In 2012 I graduated from high school and soon after started my business, realizing there was nothing else I would rather spend my time doing. I never had any other work aspirations or career goals. I'm now 23 and so far it has been such a journey of growth, learning, struggles and triumphs. This has always been my passion and I am so thankful I get to wake up everyday and do what I love!"
-Do you have a favorite photographers who inspire you? Why is that?
"Any artist who steps out of the norm and shoots from their soul inspires me. I love work that is authentic, creative and unique, and adventurous. A few of my favorites are: Ben Sasso, Allegra Messina, Joshua Abels, Sam Landreth, Julia Trotti, Noel Alva, Zecharia Lee.
-Can you describe one of your favorite projects that you have worked on and why was it your favorite?
"One of my favorite projects to date was a creative film series called 'Beauty Unmasked Project.' The goal of the project was to inspire young women to remove the mask they hide behind and to embrace their unique beauty. This message is close to my heart so it was something I was super passionate about sharing.
-We have taken a look at your website/portfolio Online, how do you want the viewer to feel when looking at your work?
"The goal of my brand and online presence is to inspire through beautiful and authentic portraits. My work is adventurous and free-spirited, and I hope to use my work to empower others through creativity."
-Do you ever collaborate with designer brands?
"I've been lucky enough to collaborate with some amazing brands over the years! One of my absolute favorite brand shoots was for South Moon Under. Shooting their spring look book was a dream come true, and one of my goals is to continue working with more brands who inspire me."
-In the artistic world of photographers, do you see yourself not only trying to achieve your perfect shoot but also being known for your work?
"I definitely admire when a photographer's work is so consistent and well-known that you immediately recognize the artist by their images. Although my goal has never been fame when it comes to photography, I would love to achieve that level of creative consistency within my work."
-If you could shoot an editorial anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why is that?
"I would love to shoot anywhere in Iceland or New Zealand. Give me a stunning location in the mountains surrounded by trees and waterfalls and I am a happy camper!"
-What was the main reason that you decided to become a photographer?
"I have always needed a creative outlet for my ideas and vision, and being able to inspire others by speaking through my work is something I couldn't live without. Even if I never made another dollar in photography for the rest of my life, I would never put my camera down. Being able to make a positive impact on my clients and empower them is my main reason for doing what I do every day."
-Tell me about your latest shoot. What was your vision when you created it?
"My latest shoot was a collaboration with several amazing friends of mine. It took place in the Pacific Northwest and was everything my creative soul needed. Shooting for clients is great, but sometimes creating something just for you, with no expectations or limitations, is exactly what you need!"
-To be a photographer, you had to undergo a lot of struggles. What was the most difficult obstacle for you when putting together a shoot?
"I think one of the most challenging aspects for me has been learning to delegate when putting together a shoot. Being a type-A, take the lead type of person, when I first started out I used to think I has to handle everything myself, and I would end up stressed out, over-worked, and drained of creativity when it came time time to shoot. Coming to the realization that having a team of people around you to help you create is one of the best things you can do has been game-changing. I now work with makeup artists, event planners, wardrobe stylists, behind the scenes assistants, etc who have all been absolutely incredible in helping reach that next level in my work. There's something to be said for the quote, "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."
-Does your personal life ever effect how you compose your shoots or do you have a set schedule/formula that you follow? What is it exactly?
"I am a strong believer in creative freedom. I love working with clients and bringing their vision to life. But I also feel it's vital to most artists to set aside time to create just for you. So I schedule monthly "creative shoots" that can be whatever I want them to be. This keeps my inspiration flowing and allows me the freedom to continue stretching and growing myself and my work."
-Who excites you the most (celebrity) & why?
"I don't follow specific celebrities very often, but anyone who used their fame and talent to draw attention to bigger, more important issues has my extreme respect. I admire celebs who take the focus off of themselves and use their platforms to help and inspire others."
-If you had to pass on a suggestion for someone starting out in photography, what would you tell them?
"The three biggest pieces of advice I could give to anyone starting out in photography are: find your own unique style, never stop learning, and yes- you ARE worth charging for your work!"
-How is your style of photography different from others different from any other photographers?
"My style is based very much around authenticity and creativity. Everything I shoot has a purpose behind it that is meant to make the viewer feel something. I want every image to tell a story and to evoke emotion. My business is built not on making money or making a name for myself, but on how much of a positive impact I can make on the world around me through my work."
-What are your world-dominating goal.
"If I could put every person on earth in front of my camera and show them their unique beauty the way I see it, and tell them that they are loved, they are precious, and that they are enough, that would be my ultimate goal."