Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I moved to Boston just last September with my wife and 3-year-old daughter and have since fallen for the beautiful charms of this city. I grew up in a small northern-Nevada town and have spent most of my life on the west coast, so this is my first east coast experience and I am loving it. I lived in Barcelona Spain for a few years and I find Boston has more in common with that beautiful city than anything west of the Mississippi. I am a scientist per my education and was pursuing a Masters in Bioinformatics, until the Fall of 2014 when I decided to put that goal on hold in order to be at home with my daughter so that my amazing wife could accomplish her life’s dream of becoming a surgeon.
When did you realize your passion for photography?
I have always loved photography and can remember playing with my dad’s Olympus OM-10 as a child. I loved looking through the viewfinder, the manual focus action, and hearing the shutter click, freezing a moment in time. I never pursued photography seriously though until a few years back, when I found out I was going to be a father. I wanted to be able to beautifully document everything, from the milestones to the candid moments, so I started leaning about exposure and composition. However, I have a tendency to go a bit over-the-top with my passions and soon found myself checking out every photography book from the library and searching every online resource I could in order to take better pictures. Somewhere between the rule of thirds and the inverse square law, I realized photography appealed to my analytical nature, while also allowing me a creative side, which had been mostly dormant during my college career. After seeing the work of Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz and many others, I felt a strong desire to venture further into photography and I love shooting portraits and scenes that tell a story and have some intrigue.
What is your advice to aspiring photographers on Instagram?
I initially started using Instagram to share photos of my daughter with family and close friends, but as Instagram grew in popularity and as I started to pursue portrait photography as a profession, I realized it was a great way to showcase all types of photos, as well as meet people from all over the world. The community on Instagram is incredible and I’ve met so many amazing people and had great experiences that would have been impossible otherwise. My advice to aspiring photographers on Instagram would be to not get overly concerned with followers and likes, but engage with the community and share the things that you are passionate about.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Get out and shoot! (Advice to myself as well as everyone else)
Instagram: @zj_adventures | Website: zjphoto.co
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