We had the good fortune of connecting with Jordyn Moore and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jordyn, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
When I started my business, I knew that I wanted to create a sense of community for models and photographers in the NorCal region. A big part of my upbringing was to go to photo meetups and push myself to network with new creatives, I met a lot of my strongest supporters and closest friends through meetups. I knew that because they helped me through my business journey to create connections, I wanted to make my own photo meetups. For the last few years, I’ve been hosting meetups from Sacramento to the Bay Area at various homes. In my free time I look into a wide variety of locations where it offers a beautiful location to shoot at for a reasonable price. They typically range from 4-6 hours long and can hold 15-25 people. With the size of these events, it gives everyone coming an experience that isn’t overwhelming, with there still being various creatives to work with!
The core reason I host meetups is for models and photographers to gain confidence, feel more secure in their creative community, and jumpstart their modeling and/or photography journey!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Photography has always been a love of mine. Since I was a kid, I would carry around cameras with me everywhere I went. I think it was fate for me to end up doing business in photography. I also have s strong passion for design and event organizing. Since 2018, I’ve hosted photo meetups. I began to host them through Peerspace and always dreamt of building my own creative space. During the height of COVID, in November 2020, I finally made the move in building my own photo studio. Opening “Muse Studios”, located in Old Sacramento, was a big game changer for me. The studio has four stylized photo setups in an 800 sq ft layout. It’s truly a dream come true. I not only shoot clients and rent the studio out, but I also host popup shops and photo meets there every month or so.
As I’ve gone along in my journey, I’ve been published in a couple of magazines, and featured in some articles. The support and love I receive ignites my drive further.
With building a business though, things aren’t always easy. There will always be challenges along the way. A lot of trial and error happen. I’ve learned a lot about owning a studio, contracts, editing, attracting more clients, and much more. It really takes being thrown into the fire to navigate the right path for someone individually.
All in all, I’m very lucky to call this my full-time job. I enjoy consistently being able to create magic and make my clients feel beautiful in their own skin. It’s thrilling to see the excitement on their faces as I scroll through some photo previews on my camera during the session. Also, to own a studio where I can display my own creative setups and be able to rent out a creative space for people to create has been amazing.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are a lot of various spaces that I would recommend checking out for photoshoots!
I couldn’t give specific streets and/or addresses but a brief list would be:
Sacramento – Old Sacramento, Capitol Park and the surrounding area with the skyscrapers, my photo studio “MUSE Studios” (@muse.photostudio), and WPA Rock Garden
San Francisco/Bay Area – Sausalito, Marin Headlands, Mount Tamalpais, Muir Woods, Lands End, The Presidio, (in Golden Gate Park) Conservatory of Flowers, Japanese Tea Garden, Stow Lake, and the Botanical Gardens
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Monterey, Pacifica, and Carmel are all stunning beach areas!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are a lot of people, in different avenues of my life, who have helped me in one way or another within my business journey.
To start, I would thank @goodinc for hosting free meetups in the Sacramento area a couple of years ago. Going to those meetups really helped jumpstart my deep dive into portrait photography, which then lead to where I am today.
I would like to thank all of my friends, family, followers, and fellow creatives who have supported me along the way.
I would also like to thank all of the clients and attendees to my events that make my dream job possible.
(For ALL images) Photographer: @jmoorevisuals (Woman in the Grass) Model: @nyreedanielle MUA: @glambossartistry Stylist: @dressedbyemilee Lens Filter: @cinepacks.filters (Kicking Photo) Model: @squirt.gun.kelly MUA: @glambossartistry Stylist: @dressedbyemilee Lens Filter: @cinepacks.filters (Woman Sitting in Courtyard) Model: @_ltjunior Lens Filter: @cinepacks.filters (Reflective Sculpture w/ Big Streak) Model: @dashacantexist Stylist: @dressedbyemilee Lens Filter: @cinepacks.filters (Pink Robe & Crown) Model & Who made the Robe/Crown: @poptartii (Woman on Vintage Couch) Model: @maciethegeminii MUA: @glambossartistry Studio: @muse.photostudio (1 Woman/2 Men in a Field) Models: @nyreedanielle, @spellmantwinz MUA: @glambossartistry Stylist: @dressedbyemilee Lens Filter: @cinepacks.filters (3 Girls in Robes) Models: @maciethegeminii, @avamontelena, @elizarose.wise