Based in Nashville, TN, Jan is a journeyman portrait photographer. He began shooting with 35mm camera in the early 1990’s. He is known for his ability to work with natural light, & without the use of post production. “While Photoshop is an incredible tool for manipulating photos, I prefer showing images in their most pure form without the plastic surgery on the backend.” Along the way of becoming a young father(1996), Jan found financial success with lucrative commissions photographing babies and children, along with many artists from NYC to Los Angeles. He is currently developing a portfolio of Nashville musicians and artists.
“There is nothing more challenging on set than chasing down a two year old screaming baby for a photo, and realize, that the little monster will not be conquered. Regardless, the purity and angelic grace that children display in front of my lens brings me incredible joy with the final result.”
Jan’s portrait images are aimed at capturing the souls seen in the eyes of his subjects. “Most people, unless they are performers, struggle initially to have their photo taken, particularly in today’s silly social media culture. Getting people to put their guard down is critical to capturing ones essence.”
Jan’s worked with a handful of well known actors and models over the years and has been paid commissions for private family portraits of children. He has also been published in various magazines such as Variety, and has shot 3 editorial covers.
All shoots are unique based on the subject and storyline. Jan is known for his ability to get his subjects to open up to his lens. While each shoot brings its own obstacles, Jan creates an environment that is driven towards laughter and joy. “I approach each and every shoot with an open heart and mind. I particularly enjoy getting to know people that I work with throughout the process. The exchange between photographer and subject allows for a quiet and intimate communication that needs no words. The magic of photography is found in the silence of each click of the shutter.” Although Jan begins his projects with a game plan, spontaneity is ever present.
Like any good photographer, a gift for using natural and/or artificial light is essential. Jan displays a razor sharp eye for composition, color, & lighting. Couple these factors and add an intense passion for finding something unique with each subject, and something interesting comes out. “It takes much more than technical expertise to perform open heart surgery, just as it does to capture the souls in ones eyes in a photograph.”
“The ability to paint with light, color and the human spirit is at the core of my storytelling.” Some quotes that inspire my work:
“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” ~ Pablo Picasso
“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” ~ Edgar Degas
“Creativity takes courage.” ~ Henri Matisse
Jan considers all work as relationship building first and foremost. His career, like most, is built on long term lasting friendships that continue on today. Word of mouth has always been key to Jan’s success.
While combining his career as a sommelier, sportsman & photographer, his love of his family & two daughters comes first. Music, playing drums, and an active physical life style all fall into play with Jan’s day to day. “Consistency is at the core of all that we are, all that we do, and all that we aspire to become. Let your love and passion for loving others be at the center of your work. We all have special gifts to offer our loved ones. I am thankful that one of mine is taking pictures.”