I am a Certified Professional Photographer who got a start studying engineering at Morgan state university.
Like most professionals, I fell into photography, and it ended up being my passion.
I still remember the first photograph I took with my very basic digital camera over ten years ago. I was sold on this being the reason I wake up in the morning. Capturing a moment, telling a story as only you see it; or rather how your mind perceives it, and allowing someone into your mind for just a moment and getting a glimpse as to why you see the world and its beauty as you do.
I started my first photography job, just taking head shots at a major national company, I soon realized (as well as my employer) that I had a knack for photography as well as making the client extremely comfortable. After a year I quickly rose to the senior photographer position after studying and passing tests for my professional certification, where I was able to hone more of my creative photography and teaching.
I have leaped into my own photography business as well as offering classes for other aspiring artist to learn and grow as I have. I keep in mind and teach "there is beauty if you know where to look"- Patrick Ness.
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Our readers would love to get to know you more Jumiel. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
What unique about me is there is no one like me, so no one will see the world as I do. They won't see how beautiful something truly is or how painful an event can be...that and I love shadows!
Jumiel, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
Photography is my passion and love, and the dream is to be paid to do what I love... (paid a lot btw. lol)
However, like most photographers, I fell into it. I just picked up a camera one day and loved the challenge of telling a story with every photograph I create.
Who is your inspiration in life Jumiel? How do you keep inspired?
I am super competitive so better photographers are my inspiration and my drive to get better keeps me inspired to do more and stretch myself past my comfort zone. I tend to surround myself with people better than me, so it forces me to grow as a photographer and a person.
We all make mistakes Jumiel; 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 make more mistakes than I would like to admit, but one, in particular, I'd want back is not writing off colleagues/friends earlier that were toxic to me.
I often try to see the best in people, but I realized that some people are better off being loved from a distance and not in your inner circle. I let a few colleagues I was in charge of, into my inner circle when I knew they weren't the kind of people you want around when you have trouble because they won't support you. You live and learn right; I will just have to keep pressing forward and treat everyone with love and respect,
Jumiel , 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 separate a client wants, needs and likes. Needs always come first, it may not be fun, but that's why its a need. A want comes second, and something a client would like to have is last. When deciding to work with a client, I listen to them for key words and phrases, and I am completely honest about the entire process and realistic delivery times. If I cant, keep the quality high and to my standards, I won't deliver. If I cant, impress myself how do I expect to wow a client.
Please tell us Jumiel, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
The strategy comes in before the shoot starts. Yes plans change, and you have to be very flexible, however, when you walk in with a plan, you are usually able to stay in front of any problems that my arise.
One particular time I was photographing a political event where my client wanted me to be in 2 different places at once. Unfortunately I had to have my client prioritize what photo was especially needed, and one he would like to have, by talking with my client, never telling them out right "I cant/not doing that" I let him feel like they had options and we ended up rearranging the event to fill his need and wants.
Jumiel, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
When a client has an unrealistic want, I will often mention/remind them of the quality of work I want to deliver to them.
One client introduced a last minute change and wanted her product photographed and delivered at the same time as her portraits were being delivered. I told her she could not get the raw, unedited files because that is not the quality of work I will ever deliver. I told her a realistic return date on the photos, and we were able to agree on a date that will fit her dead line as well as allow me the time to create images that fit the quality I produce.
Jumiel, 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 will sound mean, but whenever I can make a client cry when viewing a portrait I delivered I know I have created a piece of art they will truly cherish.
I was photographing a client's senior portrait, and my client just lost her mother earlier that year. My client had an old, grainy, barley focused portrait of her mother's senior portrait and I was able to incorporate the photo as well as sharpen the original photograph as a gift for my client. Obviously and emotional time for the entire family but they could not thank me enough for what I was able to deliver to them.
Jumiel, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I am always creative with my work or at least try to be, but one shoot, in particular, was a harry potter themed shoot. This client was really into the book series, and I was able to capture her performing a spell using in-camera techniques. It's always exciting having a concept in mind and trying to push it out and make it a reality, the only thing difficult about it is letting go and letting that creativity flow.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Keep learning , if you stop learning you stop growing.
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 want to get into fashion, so designers MUA, any and everything I love a challenge so gives me something I've never seen or done before.
Now for the best part Jumiel! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
* photographer: J. Gomez@ RomaldoPhotography