We had the good fortune of connecting with Jaren Stephens and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jaren, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Photography kind of fell into my lap during my freshman year of college, I had always been around a camera growing up but I didn’t think much of it. My father always made sure a camera was in my hand even when I didn’t want to, but I thought it was typical of him and he was just trying to make memories together. He was giving me all the tips and life came full circle in 2015 when I started doing a few shoots for friends & the tips began to pay off. The journey has definitely been led by the most high, God honestly started this business for me in times of need & I kept running with it with a drive to produce quality content. However, on the journey it has done nothing but allow me create a platform where I can be myself & display how versatile a being can be despite geography.Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Majority of my photos are a direct experience or explanation of life through my eyes. I enjoy conveying messages in a visual manner because seeing is believing and sometimes we need to see the truth rather than hear it. These visual messages spark conversations that sometimes shakes the table, which are necessary. Whether it’s about how to love properly or how to stay true to yourself, they are important and I enjoy bringing them to life. As I transitioned into using multiple mediums to create, I rebranded from photographer to “Visual Intellect“ – A person that possesses an array of mediums to convey visuals in an intellectual manner.Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Definitely Ponce City Market, I live right down the street so we’d definitely slide there in the am, knock out some quick work while we vibe in that environment. Then we’d go to lil 5 or more than likely to Fellini’s. They have the best pizza in da city. And then after that we’d prolly just follow da vibe, go wit the flow. Those days are always the best days.The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Big shoutout to everyone that supported me in the beginning with helping me move confidently in a new craft & I also want to thank my first Organization I joined in college. DIMES, (Designs inspired magnificently, Exhibited in Style) this org truly helped beyond me beyond measures imagined of growth & creativity.
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