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VNDL:  Describe your work/process

JJ:  I would say my work is simple and clean, yet aesthetically pleasing and interesting. The portraiture and fashion photos that I love the most are always the ones that look the most authentic, yet they’re beautiful to look at aesthetically.

As far as my process goes, I just look to interact with the subject as much as possible to gain some form of a rapport and for them and myself to be as comfortable as possible so it can be an enjoyable experience for all!

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What have you been up to recently? (trips, projects, work?)

The majority of this year was spent trying to pin point where I want my work to go and to experiment a little more. I started working with medium format which has been a fun experience so far. I’ve also started taking photos on my iPhone for fun to keep up on my shooting. I live in South Jersey (going to school full time and working, yay!) but work out of New York so it’s not always the easiest for me to go and do my work when I want, so it’s been fun to have my phone as an outlet.

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Favorite Quote

I have quite a few favorites but the two that always come to mind are:

“Be patient and tough; Someday this pain will be useful to you” -Ovid

“Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work  really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.”-Conan O’Brien

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Advice to other creative’s/aspiring artists

Don’t stop. Ever. Be smart and aware of what’s going on around you, but be sure to find your own voice and work at making it the best it can be.

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What are you currently listening to/reading/ watching?

Lots of Britney, Madonna, Paramore, Annie and New Young Pony Club at the moment! I’ve been reading The Walking Dead novels/comics which I love and have you ever seen the show Selling New York on HGTV? I’m addicted to it haha.

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I use to live in New York a few years ago so I’d like to see me back in New York successfully & consistently shooting for all of my favorite magazines! While also being able to live comfortably financially so I won’t have to worry about rent, food, or equipment!

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Who is or where does your inspiration come from? Any emerging artists to watch out for?

Rene Fragoso, who is the stylist I work with isn’t necessarily emerging, he’s doing a lot of awesome stuff but he’s definitely someone to keep an eye on. He’s not only a super talented stylist, but also a super talented photographer!

My inspiration mostly comes from the 80’s or 90’s. Specifically the music, movies, and photos from those periods. A lot of funky style, color, and edge!

PageImage-503622-3236312-20433C1R01033Jesse Jacobs is a photographer from Sicklerville, New Jersey

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