We had the good fortune of connecting with Jana williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jana, what are you inspired by?
I am inspired by so many things. People watching is one thing that inspires me so much. To see how lovers at a French cafe are holding hands, or how a couple is laying on the beach together. I get very inspired by body language. In my job, I direct my clients a lot. At times I feel like a film director as well as a photographer. It’s all about story telling.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
A picture is worth a thousand words, but a true photograph is a moment forever captured in time. It’s a still image that tells a story of love, fear, wanting and need. I’ve always been a story teller, using the light and color seized through my camera lens. That still image is bond between myself and my subject, and with each snap of the shutter, that piece of glass fades away into a shared experience between us. A far cry from the glitz of the Sunset Strip, I grew up in a small town in Alabama. A child of nature and imagination, my simple, southern upbringing encouraged me to find beauty in the everyday. It also taught me about hard work. I always go the extra mile to take care of my clients during a shoot. While I am a photojournalistic photographer I also compose and direct shots through the wedding day when needed. I understand that being in front of the camera can be scary and I never allow my clients to feel alone. We are in this together. I currently reside in Los Angeles, under the watchful eye of the Hollywood Sign. My photos have been published in countless magazines and blogs, but of all my accomplishments, the most gratifying is still that magic moment when my clients forget I’m there, capturing the true love in their eyes, or the gentle touch of a hand. Because, in that moment, the story is just beginning.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh, fun! I love this question. Let’s see. We would start the morning at Open Source on Sunset Blvd and get the 5 shots. Then we would head to Runyan Canyon for a nice hike with my 2 toy poodles Theo + Leo. After the hike, we would take a drive down to the coast for a casual lunch at the beach. Followed by a trip to the Olympic Spa. I am obsessed with this Korean spa. My favorite is the package called “Pure Bliss” OMG. After the spa, we would head to the Dry Bar on Sunset blvd for a blowdry. With our soft skin and new hair, we would turn on some fun music, pop a bottle of champagne and get dressed for dinner. I like to go to multiple places in one night. So we would take an uber to Covell in Loz Feliz and sit at the bar. I love the wine selection and small plates, but mostly I love the vibe. After our early bite we would call our 2nd uber to transport us to a different time at the one and only Cicada Club where we can take in a live show and do some swing dancing. I love this town.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband Dave Baez. When he is available he comes to my lifestyle sessions and film full behind the scene videos. We share one video a month with our members of The Inspired Club, our online photography school.
Other: My online photo school The Inspired Club www.theinspiredclub.net
Jana Williams Photography