AlexanderJamall photography specializes in fashion photography but does not limit themselves to fashion. They are inspired by everything with unique and creative expression. AlexanderJamall photography consists of a stylist, a makeup artist, a hair stylist, and the photographer, AlexanderJamall. AlexanderJamall is a self taught photographer who takes pride in being self taught because he believes this prevents his creative eye from conforming.
(1) When did you realize you wanted to become a photographer?
I realized in 2007 while a junior in high school. I had an imagination that stems deeper than most and I needed to find an outlet. I stopped to go to school but once I moved back to Toronto, I was motivated by the raw talent in the city as well as the lack of true creative expression. I decided it was time for me to put my footprint in the sand.
(2) What inspired you to start?
I was especially inspired by the ability to speak without speaking. I had the ability to make people’s visions come to life. I wanted to give everyone a voice for their work. I focused that desire towards fashion because I feel like clothes speak leaps and volumes; they are the first thing we see on a person. I decided to put my spin on it.
(3) What does your craft mean to you?
It means the most to me because it’s my brand. It reflects who I am. When people see my name on images, they’re judging my work and because of that, I have to make sure that work is up to par and reflects who I am as a person while staying true to my clients. When people see my work, they see me.
(4) What keeps you motivated?
The final result and the joy people get from seeing their work come to life. There is nothing more rewarding than being able to bring joy and satisfaction to others.
(5) Who is one of your inspirations?
I have a ton. My biggest inspiration is Alexander Neumann because his creative expression is like none other and when you see his work, you have no choice but to look into the souls of those in the image.
(6) How would you define your personal style?
Sleek and sophisticated with a modern day grungy twist (haha).
(7) What is your favorite thing about your job?
Meeting new people who have a similar passion as mine. One, because they are just as eager as me and that results in brilliance but also because of their reaction to me. People are relieved to find a photographer that likes to have fun on set. My sets are never stressful or overwhelming; they are an experience that I want people to be grateful to have. A chance to be creative and have fun doing it.
(8) What is the most important thing to you about your brand?
That we stay known for quality and our ability to ensure everyone has fun doing what they love to do.
(9) Any pregame rituals?
I plan everything down to the last grain but the day of the shoot, I refuse to think about the shoot until I am on set. I don’t want to second guess, over plan, or hinder the ability for everyone’s creative expression on set. That, and a coffee and donut.
(10) What is an interesting fact about yourself?
My guilty pleasure is donuts. Anyone who knows me will understand why that’s so surreal.
(11) What advice would you give to someone who would like to become a photographer?
Know who you are and stay true to that. Dig deep into your passion and don’t let anyone try and mold you because it’s the uniqueness that we all possess that will get you recognized.
(12) Where do you want to be in 5 years?
I want to be traveling the world for my photography; bringing visions all over the world to life and capturing moments that many people will never get the chance to see or experience.