Happy, happy Monday everybody! I'm so excited to be featuring the incredibly talented Jyo of mbmphotographs. She is an award winning & Intl Published artist, as well as a Click Pro and Clickin Mom's Mentor. She's a contributor to Offset and Cavan and...... an Engineer!. And let's not forget the most important job of all... she's a mother to three beautiful children.
Not only is Jyo incredibly talented, she's one of the most sweet and encouraging photographer's I know. Ya'll, she's also hanging out as the guest MOD all week on IG over at Dear Photographer. Go give her some love and then kick back and enjoy getting to know Jyo!
What got you started in photography?
My love for capturing memories has been a part of my life for a very long time now. As a child, I was the one who always ran to take pictures with my Olympus camera of anything I saw interesting. I was the 'designated' picture taker during my teens. I really did not know much of what I was doing but there was something about that memory making process that attracted me to it. Many years down the line after graduating with my engineering degree and then even after having kids I really did not know what I was doing with my camera. I bought a Canon rebel t3 and paid to take many classes but still felt I wasn't getting the concepts of what a good 'photograph' can be. While my son was growing up and after a few personal setbacks; I realized it was time to start learning my camera in and out and actually understanding what art means to me. Growing up with a technical degree I always felt I have no creative side in me. But I have always loved a good challenge and embracing photography as a form of art was a challenge to me in the beginning. Today; I call myself an experimental artist.
What three words describe your photographic style?
Emotive, light filled (if that's even a word!) and experimental! I describe myself as an emotive lifestyle photographer always seeking the light around me. I also love to experiment with my creative vision time to time. I hate being boxed or categorized and have experimented with various genres including street, macro and still life and landscapes. To summarize, I can say; my work and style is light heavy, warm, emotive and with a touch of my own creative vision.
What’s your favorite compositional technique?
Shooting through. I like to shoot through everything I can shoot through with!! Other than that; I like trying out new perspectives if I can. I climb chairs, crawl spaces and do various balancing acts if need be to get my shot! Shooting from above I think comes to a close second.
Tell me a bit about your biz! Are you only personal work, or a mix of personal and client?
A mix of both. I photograph families, moms to be, couples and a lot of newborns.
How would you describe your ultimate dream shoot or personal project?
I have quite a few actually. I would love to photograph a couple in a sand dunes location some day. Other than that; on the personal work side; I have a few ideas I want to implement using a photojournalist approach. I would like to bring awareness on certain topics that are close to my heart; Motherhood, diversity and 'Finding your home'.
What’s your favorite image you’ve ever taken (please share, and tell me the story behind the image)?
I have many actually! But my most favorite is this image of a leaf. ( ABOVE) I was 6 months pregnant, tired and looking for inspiration in my work while applying for click pro last summer and was scanning my surrounding as to what looked 'appealing' for me to photograph that evening. It was golden hour and the light was just beautiful to just give up. I then found a dried leaf just laying there on the ground and I picked it up and held it against the light..and the light was 'leaking' in through the leaf cracks...it just felt beautiful to look at that...I usually do love back light and this was just a perfect scenario - light streaming in against this dried leaf..it just had brought back my inspiration to shoot again!
What advice would you give to someone wanting to get started in photography?
Keep practicing. It may seem difficult and really confusing in the beginning. All the buttons on your camera, the technical details may overwhelm you; but do not let that get in your way to learn. You may take so many classes; but there is no better way to learn than practicing!
If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?
So I am an engineer already (along with the many other titles that come as a mom); but if not for photography; I would have def wanted to be a journalist.
Thank you much Jyo for sharing a little about you with us! I know that I am stronger photographer today because of your inspirational work! Ya'll seriously, if you aren't following her on IG or FB click on these links and go follow her amazing work now. Isn't she great? I'd like to know who are some of your inspirations? Comment below so I can go and follow!