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Our readers would love to get to know you more Jolanta . Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
My name is Jolanta Young and, I'm an Agency Owner/Photographer from Minneapolis, Minnesota. I enjoy a variety of commercial photography. I like a creative challenge to get me going. I have been published in a few other magazines. And, I am always learning something new about my craft. I enjoy traveling, hanging out with my friends, and what's unique about me, is that, I am a multifaceted artists. Aside from Photography, I am also into Filmmaking.
Jolanta , what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I'm passionate about making people feel good about themselves through what I capture. In my spare time, I volunteer for a variety of non-profits, and that's what got my start into photography. I used to do sport photography for MS150 and, then, I joined a few meet ups around town challenging myself as a photographer wanting to get into the commercial side with Harlin Photography, who gave me my start. A few years ago, I lost my photography contacts and, thanks to Facebook groups, I was able to reconnect. No matter how many times I've tried to tell myself, I wasn't any good at photography, my photography has saved me time and time again. It's my art. I can't draw like most people can so, I choose photography. I've been picked on a lot in my industry by my peers for being a woman photographer. We all start somewhere. I didn't have the greatest gear to shoot like other photographers. And, I would rather be encouraging and motivate others to become a photographer. I feel that, those who have bullied me in the past, are just afraid of what I can do in this industry. And, with hard work and being persistent it will pay off. I am ready to bring my own flare and flavour to the industry. I've learned from friends and those around me who have helped shaped me today.
Who is your inspiration in life Jolanta ? How do you keep inspired?
I have some amazing mentors in my journey. I would say Sue Bryce, is my inspiration for becoming a better photographer. I love seeing her stuff and what she does in the community is amazing. My dad also inspires me and my work. I read up on the latest photography trends, product reviews, social media, and hang around amazing creatives who inspire me back. They keep my creative flow going.
We all make mistakes Jolanta , we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Photographer , you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I've lost some friends along the way because of creative differences. And, I don't hold grudges or regrets. Some of those colleagues, would rather see you be the same and not grow as an artist or get better at your craft. I'm generally pretty easy going as a person, and, I can forgive others for not being equal in situations when it comes to creativity. I'm pretty fun to work with and always wanting to help out my creative community. Unfortunately, social media always comes into play with validations of opinions and, that's one thing I've faced time and time again. I've taken a lot of other criticism or feedback from those in my industry. And, I've taken lessons to get better. Those whom have told me my work sucks or it's not good enough for industry standards.
Jolanta ,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?
My top clients comes first and, then everything else last. I go through what photos I have for the week. And, choose my best to deliver. I generally upfront. I am glad for dropbox, it helps meet my photos needs. If, I can avoid retouching a ton of photos I definitely want to get photos fast to my clients. I want to keep good and positive feedback for referral.
Please tell us Jolanta , about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
Planning any shoot can be tricky from start to finish. But, I feel if you use your resources around you it can be easy and be done. I think finding the right model or client to work with for your concept can be tough for what you want to portray in your photo. I feel communication is key and making sure you have a location to complete your shoots. Also sending out any release forms prior to shooting helps or what your style of the shoot maybe. I work with a great team of people who help me and, it works to have the resources readily available.
Jolanta , please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I honestly feel as a photographer having a portfolio of work to show your clients or references makes you look professional. I am good at collaborating and really try to go out of my way to meet the needs of the client. I want them to be comfortable and flexible with me to produce the best images.
Jolanta 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?
I wanted this year to be a year I wont forget in my photography journey. I made it my goal mission to get published and for others to take a note of my work. My team was finally published this year, in a few magazines. And, getting recognition we deserve in our community. I definitely want to keep the momentum going.
Jolanta , please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
A few weeks ago, we did a body paint concept for a magazine submissions. I was excited because, it gave me a chance to work with a new hair and makeup artist Nicole Borgen, and I loved how the concept turned out! It was meant for a holiday shoot. And, we chose holiday colours. We are always up to something fun in studio or out of our studio. Our photos were pretty great with comedian Misha Estrin. It turned look like a tribute shoot to late great musician Prince. So, it was an honour to shoot one of his famous styled portraits.
What advice would you give to the people who wants to be successful as a Photographer?
Find a good mentor who can help you succeed and give you tips on getting ahead. Keep practicing and, hone your craft. And, Remember to have fun with it.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I am interested in connecting for collaboration with all types of creatives. I am also open to travel for the right kind of work.
Now for the best part Jolanta ! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photographer: Jolanta Young@jycreativeagency Model: Kristen Moua Hair and Makeup Artists: Kristen Moua Wardrobe: Forever 21