Today we’d like to introduce you to Nia Jayy.
Hi Nia, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I never thought my career would be revolved around not one but two different passions of mine. My first passion is photography. I started off by taking photos of close friends for fun and built a portfolio for my photos. Strangers started to see my work through social media and began to ask for photos as well.
I unintentionally created a small clientele for myself and realized I could turn my fun little hobby into a career. I have always wanted to connect with people through social media, especially Instagram. This app created a space for me to share my photography and explore a new passion I had found for music festivals.
Instagram has provided me with opportunities to allow music festivals to also be a part of my career. After years of experience, I am now able to say I get to do what I love most on a daily basis. Whether that be creating a new concept for a photo shoot or writing an article about my experience at a music festival, I love it!
Photography and live music bring me an enormous amount of joy and I am forever grateful I found my calling in life.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I have definitely faced challenges with photography and being a music festival influencer on Instagram. I took a year away from photography to focus on other activities I thought I would be interested in. Nothing compared to the feeling I get after creating art for others that makes people truly feel good about themselves.
Getting back into photography after a year of not picking up a camera was not easy. I lost most of my clientele and had to touch upon my skills. I felt discouraged until I started setting goals with photography and actually reaching them. I am now in a better place with my photography business than I was before I took a break.
Being an influencer is extremely rewarding but it also comes with obstacles. I had to learn how to process hate comments and cruel messages I received. I had body dysmorphia I had to work through. I learned how to stop manipulating my body for photos and began to love my body for how beautiful it truly is.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
As a spiritual freelance photographer and influencer, I believe my authenticity sets me apart.
Social media is known for painting a false image allowing an audience to believe what is not real. I radiate positivity, love, and mindfulness throughout my posts because I want everyone to know what I stand for. I integrate spirituality into my work so that people may feel more connected to someone they can relate to.
I’m so proud of myself for always being vulnerable and spreading light in people’s lives on a daily basis.
What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
One lesson that has been most important is not giving up on a passion. I wanted to give up on photography after feeling I was behind in the photography community.
I wanted to give up when I saw my friends making an income off social media and my account wasn’t growing. I realized the desire to give up was being driven by fear. In order to keep going, I needed to be the one thing I always avoided. I had to be a student and learn new techniques.
I began to focus my energy on learning to perfect my craft instead of letting anxiety get in my way.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: NiaJayyPhotography.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nia.jayy/
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