My name is Jaime Penzellna. I was born and raised in NYC!
How long have you been taking pictures?
I’ve been taking photos for 3 years now.
When did you get into photography and why?
I got into photography during my senior year of college when I bought my first camera (Canon 6D, still in use) for a beginner photography course. I just fell in love with the concept of being able to capture a still moment frozen in time in which you can experience and feel every time you see the image.
What would you say your style is and has it changed throughout the years? If so why?
My style of shooting is colour and moody-based which applies to cityscapes and portraits that I shoot. I like to shoot wide angle, it’s something about the perspective of getting everything in the frame that tells an amazing story! I used to shoot street candids in black and white just to practice with subjects and whatnot until I adopted my current orange-teal tone style two years ago. The reason for that change all points to the question, how can I differentiate my work and my vision from everyone else and still be able to tell a captivating story? Colour and Mood. Simple as that!
How do you approach a shoot? Do you pre-plan or is it a click and run?
I would say it’s a mix of both. Sometimes I plan and sometimes I go with the flow. I have to say...it is more exciting to just go with the flow and find an element of surprise you never thought of or seen before and being able to capture that is an exhilarating feeling!
Is there an end goal you’re trying to achieve with your images, be it an aesthetic or story?
Yes, my end goal is to be sure the image is flawless and very narrative. By looking at it, I want you to feel immersed...like you're there experiencing it as I’ve have felt capturing it.
Do you have an influences you can share?
My influencers are @michaelste and @brightong. These guys are one of those people that inspire me to do what I am doing now, with the current orange and teal style and pushing it a little further by applying it to everything I capture from cityscapes to portraits.
What inspires you?
Seeing other Instagrammers’ travel vibes and places that are out of this world. Sometimes I do random searches on Pinterest to reignite that inspiration that help me come up with new ideas.
Is there such a thing as a bad photograph?
I would say yes, technically speaking (blurred image, awkward pose, overexposed/underexposed, bad composition, etc..), but artistically speaking, no there’s no such thing as a bad photograph as long as you have a reason behind what it is you’re trying to achieve.
Are you looking for a career in photography or are you just having fun?
I do photography for fun, mainly! It’s even more fun when you do it with people who have a like-minded passion for it and travel to other places in the world.
Which social media platforms do you use and why?
Instagram. Because it’s the only platform that I use and check daily. It also has a great community of creators who just love to create and share their vision. I’ve met some really awesome people on the platform and don’t see myself moving away from it anytime soon.
Which photographers do you mainly follow on social media?
ALOT!!! I would say I like to follow people who have artistic visions of cityscapes and portraits I enjoy looking at and feel inspired by.
What are your thoughts on mobile photography versus DSLR / mirrorless?
Mobile Photography has gained substantial improvements with bokeh effects on the iPhone which makes stunning portraits, but it has its limitations! Sensor size matters in Image Quality and DSLR/Mirrorless Full Frame wins every time!
What’s your main go to camera, lenses and how did you make that choice?
Canon 6D with a 16-35mm f2.8L II Lens. Well, I wanted to get the best full frame entry level camera that captures more in the frame and capable to do very well in low light and Canon 6D was my answer! As for the lens, it’s a very versatile lens for cityscapes and portraits all-in-one.
What is your dream location to shoot at?
Given the massive rise in my saved image catalogues on Instagram, it’s very hard to pick one but I would say places that I can’t get in NYC.
Describe your favourite picture and how you captured it?
My favourite photo would be from my trip to Hawaii back in May 2017. I linked up with a model there and we were by the beaches and saw this cave. I was thinking what a perfect silhouette it would be against the beautiful Hawaii sunset. So, we both went in there and just told her to show me some Hawaii Vibes...and boom, it became the most featured image ever on IG, over 40 times and combined likes over 25,000!
In three words how would you describe your photography?
Moments! Exhilarating! Wanderlust!
How do you feel about better-quality cameras being put into smart phones?
I feel technology will always be improved upon and it’s a great thing because it makes our lives easier and for the better. Smartphones in regard to camera quality still has a long way to go though.
What are your thoughts on expensive cameras? Do you think they create better images?
Expensive cameras don’t create better images, the person behind the camera does. How? They have to work within its strengthens and limitations of the camera, but overall it shouldn’t hinder you from creating great images. Any camera, really can do that...depends on your needs and what you want to capture!