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Meet Downtown LA Photographer: Jace Dean

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jace Dean.

Jace, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
As a former Police Officer, who always was pulled toward creative hobbies and passions, I saved up and bought my first camera. Having no experience with photography, other than working as a model at the time, I began shooting anything around me, but usually people. I often took photos of landscapes and objects but the end result never inspired me. A photo without a personality in it felt lifeless. So I asked friends to accompany me around town in Miami. I took photos as much as I could and as often as I could. With each “shoot” I would go back and review my images and study how to correct certain things using my camera settings. Once I was established with the camera I did the same with photoshop. I would spend hours learning new ways to bring my art to life. I practiced moving with people and tried to capture what I felt was an individual’s persona. With no photography training and a Bachelors in Criminal Justice, this was quite foreign, and that’s what made it all the most intriguing to me. Now years after, I still work on honing these same skills and am hired by amazing people who are open enough to let me create an artistic piece of their individuality.

Has it been a smooth road?
Struggles included abandoning my education and pursuing something very abstract. Law is very clear cut on paper and in studies. Today I celebrate life and the beauty of people. This is not something you can measure through any test other than my subjective honesty. Learning to see the world through the abstract was refreshing.

Do you feel luck has played a role in your life?
My life has been either completely lucky or heavily skilled; I haven’t determined which yet. I would say there is always a matter of luck in accomplishing a goal. However, I still have to do the work and push myself forward. Luck will only take you so far, luck only enhances the deliberate groundwork we push ourselves each day. I have been lucky in establishing relationships that I feel creatively inspire and challenge me toward new goals.

Do you feel like there are certain traits that increase the likelihood of success?
I think having a passion is the most important quality if you want to be successful with anything. With passion comes a tenacity, fearlessness, thirst of knowledge and enjoyment toward what you are doing each day. Harnessing the passion to better yourself and your work will lead to natural success- however, one defines it.

What do you love about our city and what do you dislike?
I love the ever-changing nature of the city. There is always something new to explore and find in Los Angeles. Whether it be a cafe, store, or new people to work with. With change, Sometimes that means I lose some of my favorite finds which is the downside. I love Los Angeles for the variety of cultures and perspectives. I interact frequently with the hopeful newcomers which keeps me in a positive state. The fresh ideas and the creative energies in the people around the city make it remarkable to be here. Finding those niches and honing those relationships make LA unbeatable. However, they are hard to find which I know is a downside for many people of this city.

Contact Info:

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  • Instagram: jacedeanphotography
  • Facebook: Jace Dean Photography

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Image Credit:
Benjamin Patterson
Adam Zanni

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