Jarvis is a lifestyle/wedding photographer based out of Memphis, TN. His mysterious and crisp portraits will catch the eye of any photographer. His photography captures the emotion and stillness that is found inside of our everyday lives. His Instagram is filled with portraits and cool tones that sets the mood of his page. I was able to ask him a few questions about his start, failures and biggest accomplishments. Here's what he had to say:
Crystal: When did you begin your photography career?
Jarvis: I started around the end of 2015. I got serious about it not long afterwards.
C: What is your greatest accomplishment thus far?
J: The compliments I get about the diversity in the models I shoot is definitely a personal accomplishment of mine. I shoot Afrocentric sisters, all the way to blonde white women. I'm proud of that. It was definitely on purpose.
C: Who/What inspires you?
J: I'm inspired by so much. Movies. Music. Other Photographers. Pretty much all of my shoots are well thought out and planned.
C: Which failure turned into a blessing in disguise?
J. I lost a job at a photo studio. I was pretty bummed about it at first, but I learned a lot there and applied it to my personal work. I made a lot of money and connections after that.
C: What is your favorite lens/camera to shoot with?
J. Hmmm. I used a Canon 5D Mark IV on a wedding and liked it a lot. That camera with a 35mm is pretty much all I would need.
C: How do you educate yourself on taking better pictures?
J. I look at my old work, work from fellow photogs and compare. There's always something to improve, to me. Composition, model selection, outfit... something!
C: Among your works, which is your favorite?
J. I'd have to say, the photo I took for my fiancé's birthday. It's the simplicity of it that I love. Sometimes, less is more.
C: What is one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?
J. I wish I had planned shoots out better. I started out just rushing shoots and it showed.
C: Among the gadgets you own, is there something that you wish you hadn’t bought? Why?
J. I REALLY wish I hadn't bought these studio lights. I try to make use of them but thats few and far between.
C: What do you have to say to those who are chasing a photography career?
J. Take your time. Find out what genre of photography you want to be apart of. And Please Know your worth. Respecting yourself and your work will take you far.
His work is amazing, right? Connect to Jarvis on his website here