Why wait until you graduate from high school or college to pursue your dreams? Why not start right now? As a ten year old photographer, writer and entrepreneur I love to see other children following their dreams. Jahquan is a real life example of children pursuing their passions! She’s been modeling and competing in pageants since she was 4 years old and you can tell!
Our photo shoot was relaxed and enjoyable. It was almost like we had done this together before. As I was telling her how to pose or what to do, it was like she knew what I was going to say next and did what I said, before I actually said it. I guess that is a direct result of all of her experience as well as the intense training her step-mother provides. Jahquan has tons of commercial modelling experience with brands such as Disney, Disney UK and Universal just to name a few. She’s no stranger to the runway either, as she’s participated in both the Orlando International Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week.
As our hour session was coming to an end, I decided to get creative and experiment a little. I believe that you have to sometimes take risks in order to create something amazing. I love the way this photo came out. My plan was to put my subject in the middle of the two branches of the tree so that I could create a natural frame around her face. I blurred the branches in the foreground but made sure her face was clear in the background. It’s kind of like a reversed depth of field.
Jahquan is a very sweet girl with a fun loving personality and a great smile. She loves chocolate ice cream and when she grows up, she wants to be a nurse. When we asked her why, she said, “because I want to help people”.
As a ten year old photographer, I love photographing other children. I love to see their reaction to their images and I love to see them smile. I think kids enjoy photographing with me because I am a kid too! “I’ve never had a child photograph me before, it was pretty cool”, said Jahquan. When we asked her what made it cool, she said, “it was different, it was fun and you’re a kid”.
My mom often tells me to have fun in everything I do and it will never be like work. I think she’s right, because even though I am working when I am taking pictures, photography is my passion and I make it fun so it’s always enjoyable. My mom also says my photo shoots are like a playdate on steroids. So if you’d like to book a “playdate” with me, CLICK HERE to have some fun!
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