Today we’d like to introduce you to Jaina Cipriano.
Jaina, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Things really started for me when I was 17 and started bringing my camera around to document my friends and our surreal suburban adventures. That changed me, holding this tool in my hands, I saw the world different. Originally I wanted to be a photo journalist, thrilled by the idea I could be on front lines. Now I love the softness of working one on one with someone to create something juicy and colorful.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
There are struggles on all roads worth traveling. I had to leave photography school half way through because I was dealing with some intense emotional upheavals that made it impossible to look models in the eyes, I felt too vulnerable. For a few years after that I laid low, taking a lot of self-portraits and re-learning how to photograph others. There are a lot of bodies of work that have not seen the light of day and I think that’s ok. Sometimes we don’t need to see the entire road, just some of the stops along the way.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
With a history of documentary photography my portraiture is fresh and active, even in a studio session I am waiting for that moment of arrival, the decisive moment. I can create worlds, whether with just a person or building an entire set. I can convey mood in a surreal way that makes you itch with memories of dreams you can’t remember.
What were you like growing up?
I carried a video camera for a while, shoving it in the faces of friends and family. I have hundreds of hours of video I haven’t even watched. I was always playing pretend as a kid, jumping off swings into oceans in my mind. I think my childhood has influenced my art more than anything. A darkness that followed through me, leading me to the brightest most colorful places, trying to get it to let up.
- Website: jainaciprianophotography.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/jainasphotography
Photo of me in the rain by Tori Sviokla. Models in photos: Caleigh Anne, Kimmy Cunningham, Grace Drinkwater