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Meet Janée Green

Today we’d like to introduce you to Janée Green.

Janée, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
It’s weird for me to think about my story because where I’m at now I had never imagined for myself. I moved to LA from Seattle to get a degree in acting when I was 18. I was ambitious and passionate and a little insane (which none of that has changed really, just changed trajectory). I went straight through school with no breaks because I wanted to be out in the “real world” as soon as I could be. Looking back, I wish I could have realized that the world was real then, just as it is now. I was living for the future, not for the present. And so when I graduated, I naturally had no idea what to do with myself. It was suddenly the time I had been waiting for, and I was completely lost. Getting a four years degree in two and a half years takes a lot out of a person.

Thankfully as I was going through school, I picked up photography again, as a means of self-expression that wasn’t related to acting at all. It kept me sane. I had taken photography classes all through high school and fell in love with the craft. So picking a camera back up in college felt natural. Through school I built a small business for myself, which sustained me after I graduated and started auditioning. And as I was working my ass off trying to get acting gigs, I realized it was just making me sad, not helping me thrive. So I really focused in on photography and made that my priority instead. That was a life shift I wasn’t expecting, but it’s taken me pretty far since then. Now I’ve been the owner of my own small business for coming on three years! That is something I never saw myself doing. I get to create art for a living and capture the human experience. And the human experience is such a beautiful thing to get the honor of capturing.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It definitely hasn’t been smooth, but it’s been quite a fun rollercoaster! Being a freelance photographer is amazing in a lot of ways (you get to make your own schedule, be your own boss, and have the liberty of saying no to things you don’t want to do), but it is also really challenging. The biggest struggle for me was being able to get out of work mode. I work from home a lot of the time, besides when I’m on location shooting. So it can be hard to switch my mind off of work because so much of my work surrounds me all the time. That’s been a big lesson for me. Also maintaining creativity 100% of the time is impossible, and maybe not healthy either. It’s easy to burn yourself out of creativity if you aren’t also filling your well with non-work related things. I fell victim to that a lot in my journey and still do sometimes. I have to remind myself it’s okay to take some time off so that when you’re back you’re doing your best work. Creativity comes and goes, and I’ve had to accept that and learn how to work with that.

Please tell us about Janée Green Photography.
I’m a photographer! I do all kinds of photography, but the best way of describing my work is that I take pictures of people. I specialize in editorial, lifestyle, portraits, headshots, boudoir, and couples! I love working with people and capturing the human experience and human emotion. I’m beginning to do engagements and weddings as well, which is very exciting to me. I’m proud to be making art that can make people feel something. That’s all I want to do with my art. And I’m set apart from the others because of my eye for photography. My vision is different from every other photographer’s vision. Every person sees things slightly differently, and that helps me create images that are unique to my style.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Absolutely nothing. Living with regrets is a waste of time. Of course, there are things I wish I had known, but my journey wouldn’t be my journey if it had happened any differently.

Pricing:

  • Headshot, portrait, and lifestyle sessions are $200.
  • Engagement sessions are $250+ (depending on details).
  • Prints of my work are $75 for 8×10, and $100 for 11×17.

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Image Credit:
Jessica Hill

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