Understanding Jim Jordan
I understand you have an artistic background before photography, what was it?
I started out as a celebrity hair and makeup artist working with the biggest models, actors and photographers throughout the world.
The catalyst that started you in photography was it something you always wanted to do or was it a fortunate accident?
I had no idea I would ever be a photographer. It was completely unexpected and came out of nowhere. I started a career doing hair and makeup for the biggest models, actors and photographers around the world. I began taking photos of the models and actresses whose hair and makeup I would do out of frustration that the photographers weren’t shooting the women to look as beautiful as they could look. One of the clients I did hair and makeup for named Emily was the owner of J Crew and she confronted me one day saying that her models told her that I was an amazing photographer and that she wanted to see my images. I was terrified but decided to show her and she fell in love with my images and asked me to shoot her next campaign for J Crew.
How would you describe your artistic style?
My artistic style is bright, crisp, airy, clean, open, fresh and balanced.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by youth, nature, the desert, beautiful things, beautiful locations, beautiful people, my team and my friends.
You photographed a number of celebrities, who was the most fun and want did she/he do?
I just shot Kelly Osbourne last week and she is not only beautiful but one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. She burned her bottom on some bricks when I asked her to sit down for a shot and she kept everyone on set laughing the whole time. It was a blast.
Jim, what was your most memorable moment in your career?
The most memorable part of my career was probably when I first ever started working with J Crew and getting flown out to Hawaii for an amazing two-week shoot.
What have you learned over the years from shooting?
I have learned to always have an open mind and remember that there is always room for growth.
What or who would you say influences your work?
My influences include Herb Ritts, Steven Meisel, Peter Lindbergh, Bruce Webber, Patrick Demarchelier, and Helmut Newton
You really like giving back to the creative community, what’s the inter feeling you have in doing so?
I like to give back to the creative community in many ways. I offer workshops and participate in guest speaking engagements to give those who are interested in learning about the industry a first hand glance. I also work with companies I believe in as sponsors and help to promote their brand to creatives in need of what they offer. Last but certainly not least, I participate in outreach programs for the homeless including homeless karaoke and volunteer work at The Dream Center in Los Angeles.
What do you do on your off time?
In my spare time I like to surf, skate and snowboard. I also love to discover new talent and groom them to package them up to send to agencies around the world for representation.
What does the future hold for Jim?
There is a lot I am planning for my future. I have a production company that is rapidly growing where I represent models, actors, musicians and other talent. I am building an online university to teach those who cannot afford private photography school about every aspect of the business. I am also developing a cosmetic company.
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