To Top

Conversations with Ja’Van C

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ja’Van C.  

Ja’Van, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I have always been enamored by the art of photography to capture a moment of time for as long as the image will last is such a wonderful thing. For as long as I can remember I’ve always loved having a camera, from the Kodak disposables to Polaroids. Until I was about 21, I hadn’t made the leap to a more professional setup until I set out to visit LA on my first solo trip, then I picked up a cannon rebel T3i and a 50mm lens, and the rest is history. For the next year and a half, I kept shooting for fun, and whenever my friends needed headshots or wanted parties documented. Then about 2 years into doing that I eventually decided I wanted to actually make this my purpose, and my career path. I decided to dive in head first by selling a majority of the canon lenses I had collected only to still spend too much money on a Sony a7iii and slowly but surely made sure that it paid for itself. At this point I can proudly say that I am a professional in my craft but still learning and while I’m not full-time in it just yet I can see what steps I need to take to make that dream a reality.

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?
Smooth? Not at all, I wish it had been!! The biggest struggle thus far is learning the business of it all, and that’s one recent- before I was such a perfectionist and so in love with the process of the craft that I was more worried about making sure that my pictures were beautiful from a technical and creative standpoint that I kept my nose down and worked on that (I still do btw) but wasn’t keen on the business or money side. Now I’m all focused on just trying to run a business and figure out the marketing aspects so I can make this into a sustainable career that I can depend on to keep my life afloat. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I think it’s important to know that I am a genuine camera enthusiast from the specifications of the lens to the dials on the camera body and just anything about the artform I can get my hands on, i dont just take pictures I LOVE the very craft and would be doing it regardless if the money keeps coming or not. When I shoot I strive for the moments I can truly disappear in the crowd-this is why I really try to focus on event shooting, Weddings, and concerts, I really try to pride myself by abstaining from flash photography in an event setting, I really do find it to be distributing and intrusive when trying to take pictures of people amongst their friends-family just enjoying themselves. I’d rather snap my shot and have them look at it later and try to remember when it could have happend vs have them remember that my flash pulled them from that moment.

Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
Luck is a tricky concept. I think anyone can be lucky under the right circumstances. I really do my best to always understand the capability of my gear, the composition of my shot, and how the light shadows of the scene should interact with my subject. 

My grasp of the basics has let me snap those fleeting yet irreplaceable moments that sit in my portfolio which have landed me the clients and opportunities that have got me here today. 

Contact Info:

Image Credits

Ja’Van C.

Suggest a Story: VoyageOhio is built on recommendations from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you or someone you know deserves recognition please let us know here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

More in Local Stories