Interview: Photographer Jenna Kay
We got the chance to ask for some of Jenna Kay’s time and we were rewarded with some truly awesome and absolutely inspiring insight that gives even us the itch to go out and challenge ourselves and reach our potential!
What sparked the beginning of your passion and pursuit of photography?
I specifically remember seeing a photo of a girl in a wide open field at some point many years ago. The photo spoke to me on so many levels because it embodied so much emotion and splendor. I remember thinking to myself, “one day I am going to take a photo like this and many many more”. That was not the beginning of my passion but just a key note that struck something with me.
I have always been interested in how a photo could convey so much emotion and create a certain vibe. In high school inbetween developing film in a dark room, I used to secretly take candids of my friends and make them scrapbooks. I have always loved to capture time in anyway, shape or form. I also somewhat lived in the past at that point in my life so I liked to relive it anyway I could.
I have always taken photos and shared them as long as I can remember but I never thought about it seriously until I started to get so many requests for photoshoots. After doing a few, I quickly realized how much I was in love with photography. I started to envision so many different places to shoot and concepts to try. Photography has opened so many doors for me and made me see the world in a completely different light.
How would you describe your vision and style?
I am the type of person who loves to try new things when I shoot. I can almost always guarantee I will try something new each shoot. When I vision a shoot I usually have a concept or theme that I work off.
I envision photos in my mind what I want to create and then most the time when I reach the shoot location I start to take in my surroundings and that’s when I really get creative (which is my favorite part). I will try everything and I’m not afraid to put people in odd poses or places to get a shot. My style is colorful, crisp, a bit edgy, and clean. Each photo will be edited different but I really like to have nice color pop and depth in each photo.
What has been the greatest learning experience you’ve had?
Shooting weddings. When you shoot weddings you show up to a place you have never been to. Sometimes you meet dozens of people you don’t know and you have to make the best images possible. You have to think on your feet, have great time management, convince people your not crazy for choosing certain locations, and create gorgeous images no matter what. It really puts a photographer to the test and I have learned so much shooting weddings it’s insane.
What does photography offer you that nothing else does?
It allows me to see the world completely different. I never thought that looking down a slum-alley with weird graffiti would ever make me happy in anyway. Now, I get excited to go places and find odd locations.
The oddest things get me excited. I love meeting new people to create art with and the community with photography is so fun. The best part is you get to relive all your experiences once the shoot is done. The image in my mind became real and that’s the greatest satisfaction. The world is limitless place with photography.
How do you jog your inspiration?
I have been in many slumps with photography. I have done great shoots and then thought, “now what?”. I definitely have to recharge and find inspiration again which can be difficult.
Driving helps me because I can see places that inspire me to shoot. It could honestly be a pile of logs and I see a photo in my head so it makes me want to create again. People also inspire me because I will see them and envision them in a certain setting with certain lighting. Everyone has a different look which can inspire a whole shoot.
What is an essential aspect of your photography?
I really want the subject to look comfortable and natural. Overly posed shots drive me crazy. I like to have fun at my shoots and make everyone relaxed. I think that helps create the best shoot possible.
What is it that keeps you going?
The things I haven’t tried, the places I haven’t been to, and the people I haven’t met and the photos I haven’t created…….. yet.