I found Jordan through flickr and going through some other RAW interviewees favourite photos. I was immediately drawn to his style, as it reminded me of some of the shots I had taken with my 50mm. Turns out Jordan’s favourite lens is his 50mm 1.4, have a read.
Tell us a little about yourself?
Well let’s see, my name is Jordan Voth and I’m 21. I’m a student at Eastern Washington University and double majoring in Accounting and Finance with a minor in Economics. As you could probably guess I’m somewhat of a numbers nerd. I’m extremely organized which translates into my photography business (I rule at Excel). I love being outdoors which is where I usually take all of my photographs.
I’m pretty laid back and enjoy listening to an immense amount of music. And most of all, I love photographing people and having others enjoy viewing my work.
What made you get into photography?
As cliche as it sounds, since I was a kid I’ve always liked taking pictures and trying to make the coolest shots possible. I remember back in 6th grade going to camp in the mountains with a few disposable cameras and having a ton of fun using up all those shots on friends, people, scenery, etc. However, I don’t think I realized how much I liked it until my senior year of high school. I always enjoyed creative activities in school (painting, drawing, sculpting, etc.) but photography just happened to be the only one I developed a solid skill with.
How did you get started?
My senior year of high school my friend and I would go find cool-looking locations and photograph our cars there (I now have a million pictures I’ll be able to use on Craigslist whenever I decide to sell it). That was the first time I ever played with an SLR. After I graduated high school I picked up a Nikon D40x and started shooting at local shows which was pretty fun for the most part. A year later I started shooting portraits to see how I would like that and I ended up loving it. That was a little over 2 years ago and I’ve began to take it very seriously since then.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
I mainly focus on portraits whether that be seniors, models, families, couples, etc. I find that type of photography to be the most enjoyable because of all the people I get to meet and the fact that each picture always turns out different.
What gear are you using?
I use a Canon 5d Mark II with my only lens being a Canon 50mm 1.4. I also have a Canon Elan 7 film body that I just picked up recently. So far I love it. I also have lighting equipment that includes an Alienbee B800 and a 47″ Octobox, however, I shoot with natural light 99% of the time and therefore that equipment gets little-to-no use. I use Photoshop CS5 to edit on.
Whats your favourite lens and why?
Well I’d have to go with the Canon 50mm 1.4 since it’s really the only lens I’ve ever used. It’s done a superb job these past 9 months since I first got my 5d and I don’t think I’ll ever replace it.
How are you marketing yourself?
Nowadays, marketing usually consists of social networking and word of mouth. I would say word of mouth has probably been my biggest tool, followed closely by social networking. I also participate on a few photography forums which actually has landed me a couple jobs surprisingly. These methods have been extremely effective and most of all, very cheap.
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
I couldn’t pick just one so I decided to go with my top three (which even then was a tough pick).
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
My advice for photographers who want to go pro/make this their profession is to not only focus on the photography aspect of things (shoot anything and everything) but to also focus on the business side. I know many great photographers that aren’t getting much work only because they don’t know how to market themselves and even then they still don’t handle their finances well that stem from their photography. Every photographer needs to take some sort of business classes. It’s also important to always make time for personal work. It allows you to constantly improve your style and help you grow as a photographer.