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Meet Jennifer Thayn

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Thayn.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am a photographer who recently moved to Los Angeles. I have always been intrigued by photography and became obsessed when I took a darkroom class in college. I then switched my major to photography and graduated with a BFA in it. I was able to travel on scholarship with my university to Germany where we photographed for a month to create a fine art book. I then spent last summer in Los Angeles interning for a photographer located in Highland Park. I have always been drawn to Los Angeles and felt I needed to go there. My intuition was confirmed when last summer I fell in love with the city. I then decided to stay and find a place to continue my journey in LA.

My relationship with photography has evolved alongside my relationship with beauty and nature. I love using my skills to document the beauty of the real. I enjoy photographing anything I love or feel curious towards. I also love creating a scene for my photos and telling a story. I have always found photography magical because it allows you a way to capture and experience a place and time. I love visual art because it allows the viewer to relate to and narrate with their own imagination. I would consider my work a combination of documentary and fine art. I love shooting film the most and I am constantly inspired by the beauty around me.

Has it been a smooth road?
My journey as an artist has not always been an easy one because I grew up in a very practical household and a strict religion where self-expression and free thought were not encouraged. As a child, I was suggested by my parents and teachers to go into the medical field because I was academically “smart”. Deciding to switch my college degree to art felt like a personal rebellion and a leap into the unknown. I definitely felt I was making the choice I wanted to and received immense support and encouragement to continue from the awesome professors I was lucky to have. The hardest struggles I have faced as an artist are the ones I gave to myself. Allowing myself to listen to my self-doubt is still the hardest struggle. Perfectionism was definitely my enemy for a long time but I have come so far and have learned self-compassion and to rely on my intuition. In a capitalist country, it has also been hard to support myself financially through my art but I know that building a business is a process and I am not above working other jobs while still creating the art that I love.

Alright – so let’s talk business.  What else should we know about you and your career so far?
Jennifer Thayn photography is unique because I shoot with an honest and personal vision. I rely on my intuition and open-mindedness to document the beauty of the seen and unseen. I specialize in photographing people, fashion and nature. I love capturing the relationship between these. I love shooting in film, I have worked in film labs and developed and still scan my own images. I am most proud of my company because I am open-minded to the ideal of beauty. I don’t listen to what current trends consider cool or important. I am proud of my work because it is timeless and real. It transcends mainstream beauty constricts and brand elitism.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
My favorite thing about Los Angeles is the beauty and all the different forms it can be found. From the plants and yards, vintage cars, street art to the pacific coast, Los Angeles is full of dream scenes. I also love the diversity and open-mindedness. My least favorite part of LA is the traffic and parking!

Pricing:

  • I currently offer portrait sessions for 400$.

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All images by Jennifer Thayn

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