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Meet Jarod Wang

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jarod Wang.

Hi Jarod, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I always remember having a love for photography. My parents had a Polaroid camera, the kind you had to pull a little tab to get the photo out, I always thought that was so cool! Never did I think I could be making money doing something that fun. I owe a lot of my knowledge and success to my mentor Sam McGuire. He took me in and taught me the ins and outs of shooting, lighting, file management…everything it took to be successful in this business. Throughout my time with him, I really became a nerd for cameras, learning all the specs and tricks of each model that every brand offers. I also really learned to appreciate how far technology has come since my grandma gave me some old film cameras that my grandpa had. Nothing looks as good as the old film though. Growing up in a Chinese American household in Malibu we had many different traditions than my peers. I always loved and appreciated that my parents exposed us to the culture of where we came from. I really embraced the duality of my upbringing, from going to temple and eating chicken feet to surfing every week and listening to metal. Being exposed to both Chinese and American culture has really shaped who I am as person and I always try and incorporate that mix into my art.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I don’t believe anything that is easy is worth doing. With anything there are challenges and obstacles. Obviously working as a freelance artist is tough, jobs are not always consistent but it’s so beautiful being able to work with such a wide variety of people. It can also be frustrating if you are working with film and you think you have this beautiful image until you get it developed and realize you set something wrong and the image is completely black! I know this has happened at least once to every photographer I know. It is all worth it though when you do get that one shot that makes me remember why I do this in the first place.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I specialize in fashion photography, from lookbooks to editorial and campaigns. I grew up around fashion since my uncle is a designer and I have always been so in awe of the evolution of clothing. However, I always try and take on shoots no matter what the “category” may be. I believe that it really helps round me out as a photographer and as a person. My philosophy when it comes to photography is no matter the subject, I am capturing a moment in time. The energy of every second is different and I think you can see it in the photographs. I incorporate that in everything I do, even if it is a simple product shot on a blank background. That is why I always bring a positive attitude to set because the environment in the room in my opinion affects the final product. Recently some of my fashion work was published in Nylon and I photographed my family’s restaurant that was published in Vogue. I never thought I would see my name on these big publications and I felt really grateful and proud to have that happen.

Any big plans?
I don’t have any specific plans for the future. I just always want to keep growing as an artist and hone my skills so that I can take on any challenges that are presented to me. I would love to travel more and photograph subjects that are typically not shown, like the local people or hidden away gems of nature. It is a big goal of mine to print different photo books and get those published.

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