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Life & Work with Lori Jordan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lori Jordan.

Lori, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I’ve always been interested in cameras and editing even when I was younger as well as being creative. I remember asking for a camera for my 12th birthday and downloading a free photoshop trial to mess around with editing. It may be corny to say but it’s almost like even from a young age something in me knew this is what I wanted to do. Even though I may not have known it would be photography at first.

I officially began my photography journey in 2018 after I got a camera for Christmas in 2017. I’ve always liked looking at photos for their aesthetics and the feelings that a photo can create. So, I had to try it out. Growing up, I was really shy so I didn’t talk much. I also struggled with anxiety and still do to this day. To me photography is fitting for me because I can tell a story without words. I use photography to express myself creatively. I feel like with anxiety, I often worry a lot but with photography there are no rules to how creative I can get. I can do what I want and the possibilities are endless.

Photography has given me the opportunity to put myself out there more, share my visions and my story. I hope to use photography to continue to open up, express myself and share more of my story. One of my goals is to bring my clients’ visions to life. I want people to look at my photos and see something unique and creative. I want people who hire me to have photos that are surreal and stand out. Having your photos taken should be a fun and unforgettable experience.

I hope to inspire others who want to start photography to create what they want, don’t compare themselves to other photographers and enjoy the journey.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I used to let anxiety and being shy hold me back from my full potential. I would be too scared to put myself and my ideas out there. One thing that is important to me as a photographer was building my portfolio. I often wanted to collaborate with others in order to do that. But I was too scared to talk to new people. I would pretty much overthink everything in the whole process. From working with people, I don’t know to even the editing. I had times where I thought about giving up because I didn’t think I was good enough or that I would get anywhere with this. It can be hard to see other photographers around you and not compare yourself to them. But eventually, I pushed myself to have the courage to step outside of my comfort zone. The more I worked with other people, the more my confidence grew. I started to really enjoy the whole process of meeting new people, editing and being true to myself. It’s important to realize that every photographer is different and has their own unique style. You’ll see more growth when you focus on your work instead of everyone else’s. Now I don’t let fear hold me back. I love working with new clients and models. Don’t let fear stop you from doing what you love!

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I love taking pictures of everything but my main focus is portraits. I take photos for clients(headshots, senior sessions, child portraits, etc…) but also do a lot of personal projects. This includes taking creative self-portraits and collaborating with models in my area to bring my ideas to life. I also have a big imagination so making photo manipulations in photoshop is something I really enjoy doing. I believe that my editing style is what sets me apart from others. The editing process is probably one of my favorite parts when it comes to being a photographer. With my personal projects (and somethings my work with clients if they ask) I often don’t even use the same style throughout my photos. It showcases my individuality which is important to me. With photography a lot of people will tell you that you have to stick to one style to have a more appealing Instagram feed or Portfolio. I’ve tried that in the past but recently felt like I was holding myself back creatively. I’m proud that clients tell me they hired me because I stand out and they love my creativity. I love when they tell me how much they love their photos. I want to continue to create memories for people that spark joy and authenticity. It’s important that people have photos that they love so much they want to share everywhere, photos they can’t stop staring at. Lastly, I’m proud of my growth as a photographer and as a person. I’ve improved with my work as a photographer and learned to be more of my authentic self along the way. I hope to continue to learn, grow on my journey.

Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
Covid-19 forced people to stay at home due to quarantine. So, I think one thing I learned was to not take moments for granted. I also learned it’s important in times like these to take care of your mental health. Self care days are a must! But being in quarantine has also taught me to focus on myself as well as my photography. It’s given me to chance to spend time with myself. And It’s always great to learn more about yourself. I liked having the chance to spend more time creating. Lastly, this pandemic taught me to push through challenges.

Pricing:

  • Portraits begin at $100

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Image Credits
Model-Lenny (confidence sweatshirt @laughinglikelen) Model- Mars (purple blazer @marslumi)

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