Jenna Di Napoli
Jenna Di Napoli
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A camera is just an object to most but to photographer’s it’s an art. Photographer’s capture what most people don’t see. We can observe beyond the lens. As people go about their day, a photographer is photographing that original place into an interesting image. We use our eyes as a tool but the camera to manipulate the photo by using different settings. We see what a common eye doesn’t see. While you’re walking down the street, scrolling on your phone, a photographer is capturing a moment you missed.
I have been studying photography ever since I walked into the darkroom in high school. I feel in love how a picture can just appear on a blank piece of paper. I knew I wanted to become a photographer at that moment. Creativity was always my strong subject, and I had to pursue what I love and where my talent was.
After high school, I went to Nassau Community College to get my Liberal Arts degree and to take more photography and art classes to continue my bachelor’s degree at an art school. I was so sure I would make it all the way because my passion and willing to learn would get me to the top. My parents were not happy about the risk I wanted to take, but my heart and soul was telling me this was the way.
After I graduated with my associate's degree, I applied to 4 colleges, and I got accepted to 2 main places I wanted to go. I was so surprised and speechless the feeling I got when I got that letter of Congratulations. I knew I didn’t get in because of my grades, I was never a book smart person, but I got accepted because of my talent for photography. I was accepted at Savannah College of Art and Design and Rochester Institute of Technology for Adverting photography.
Unfortunately, I was dealing with a medical issue throughout my college career, and I couldn’t continue my photography career. The feeling is un-explainable how I felt about not being able to follow my dream. It has been the hardest thing to give up, but that never stopped my photography work. I might not have had the opportunity to follow my career, but I never gave up on my passion. I continued working on my skills and learning on my own. I might have headaches every day, but photography has not only been my talent but has been my strength to get through life every day.
Everyone that I know and meet tells me how talented I am, and I should open my own business, but its easier said than done. I would love just to have one opportunity to show off my talent to the world. I have two dreams, one to have my photographs published in a magazine and the second is to open a gallery of my work. Hopefully, your company can make one dream happen for me.
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Our readers would love to get to know you more Jenna. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
The past five years of my life has been a struggle, not going to lie about that. I might not have a certificate that makes me a professional photographer, but I know my talent I just need an opportunity to show the world my work. I have had a continues a headache for the past five years; the reason why I couldn't complete my degree in photography. It feels like I wear a mask every day to fight the pain, but with my photography, I don't feel my reality. My work has been my strength it might be my passion, my talent, my dream but it's my strength for life. Not knowing why doctors can't cure you is terrible, being trapped in my body is the worse feeling but looking through a lens has given me more to look for in life. To fight.
Jenna, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
You have one life to live, and you have to make worth while. If you don't take risks, you'll never know what could have been. Each opportunity you walk into is worth taking; you never know where it may lead. Photography is my life, and without it, I would not be who I am today. I may have learned photography, but the lens has taught me to look at life differently. Walking into that darkroom for the first made me a photographer, I have not stopped trying to get my foot in the door and I won't until my dreams become goals.
Every time I photograph its important to me to take time while photographing to capture that moment you want. I take everything in whats around me and create an image in a unique way.
Who is your inspiration in life Jenna? How do you keep inspired?
My grandmother who I call Nana as been my inspiration since I've been little. Our granddaughter-grandmother bond can never be broken. Her wisdom, strength and support inspire me every day. She loves sayings and lyrics just like I do and her support for my creativity is endless. My grandparent's house is like a gallery of my work. When I need advise, she is always there for me and explains things in a different way that I understand. She is the reason why I am who I am today.
I have many photographers that I looked up to and learned from. Without them, photography wouldn't have been invented. Their work inspires me and to continue to learn new skills and new experiences in photography.
We all make mistakes Jenna; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I haven't had the opportunity to work with colleagues with my photography job because I haven't had one or I worked alone. I can relate to a situation in my present job tho, one of my co-workers is always arguing and takes it out on people, and one day he got into an argument with me, and I yelled back at him. If I look back to the situation, I would have handled it differently. Knowing he has his issues I should have talked to him differently then levelling with him. It's important that the work gets done and in any field, you have to work with different types of people, and it's better to learn how to deal with them to get the job done correctly then an argument that goes nowhere.
Jenna, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
I haven't had the opportunity to deal with a large number of clients with my photography, but my present job sure does and making sure your work is done on time and schedules meet the dead line, speaking well with our clients is key running a great business. Being organized is a perfect skill to have as well.
Please tell us, Jenna, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
One time I came up with a photo-shoot for my portfolio to apply to my art colleges for advertising photography and I had to be very organized and strategies the plan to make sure the photo-shoot ran smoothly. Picking the right places, outfits to corroborate what the theme was, lighting and weather were important to make this photo- shoot a success. Time management and organizing skills take a big part in photography and making sure everything is planned right. It's very important for me to have whats in my head turn into a photograph. I take time and research to find the right place and perfect style outfit to follow the theme of the photo-shoot.
Jenna, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
My friend was getting married, and from a previous wedding I went to they had coloured lights during the party, and it seems nice until you take pictures and it's extremely hard to photograph even the photographer working that wedding agreed with me. I talked to my friend and told her my advise, "please don't have colour lights during your party you will regret it. " I showed her the photos from the other wedding, and she agreed with me. After her wedding, she saw her pictures, and she was very happy with my advice.
Jenna, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share to everyone. What is it and why?
Most photographer's accomplishment is capturing the perfect moment. Throughout the years you probably have many but my first time that I felt the perfect moment was when I finally had the opportunity to photograph my friend's wedding. When everyone was watching the parents walk into the party, I noticed the in the back the bride turn to her husband and whisper to him before they walked in and it was just a perfect little moment that is captured forever. Most people notice whats in-front of them, but as a photographer you notice everything around the event, paying attention to every person and emotion.
Jenna, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Abandoned photography has been my obsession for the past year now. The feeling walking into these destroyed and decay places is such a thrill. It can be difficult because you need to be careful where your walking and to get in the buildings but its worth it. There is a story to be told there from the past and to the present. What is was and what it as become. When you walk through some of these abandoned places you can feel what might have happened there. The photographs that have captured there gave me more creativity and how to photograph a broken window or a saying on the wall. You never know what you're going to walk into when you wander off the path.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
My advice would be never to give up what you're passionate about. To take every opportunity you have because photographer career is competitive and hard so you never want to give up a door that is open. To be strong, take criticism and to always be confident in your work.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes, I would love to have the opportunity to photograph for fashion and brands and use my talent. It was always a goal to experience a real photo-shoot set.
Now for the best part Jenna! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photographer: Jenna DiNapoli@jennadinapoliphotography