We had the good fortune of connecting with Jazz Ponce and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jazz, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I think the most important factor behind my success is consistency. Being a freelance photographer, I have experienced a lot of ups and downs with this. And what I mean by that is some months I will not hear from anyone asking for me to take their photos, then with a blink of an eye, I have gigs lined up every single weekend. So most definitely I have to say that being consistent on my brand and what I can offer to individuals.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Well, my photography path started back in 2016 when I wanted to buy a camera just to take nice photos when I was on my trip in Hawaii. I really enjoyed the quality of the photos, and how clear they would come out. And also it was easy for me to transfer the photos to my phone. When I came back from my trip, I told myself I wanted to learn everything on the “manual” switch which is the little nob on the top where you turn it on “M”. I never knew anything about photography, so I reached out to my good friend who has been shooting professional wedding photos. We met at a park, and he ONLY taught me the basics: ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed. And quite frankly that is all I needed to know to figure out my path and what I wanted to do. Fast forward, and here I am now expressing my path. It definitely was not easy in the beginning, I tried learning many techniques, and color schemes that would grasp my attention, but nothing really caught my eye till later in my photography career. Also, I took photos of everything: Landscape, portraits, graduations, weddings, you name it but nothing really caught my attention until I fell for street photos. The essence of a moment that we will never get back is something that I strive for. Capturing people in their candid moments without disturbing and trying to understand how they feel is something that makes me happy. I love walking around downtown L.A and seeing everyone around me. It has definitely helped me to learn what it means to be an introvert, cause normally I’m loud and talkative. As for the last question, what I would want the world to know about my brand and story is that it is never too late to start something that you are passionate about. I started photography at a later age. but it is something I love. So whatever you enjoy doing, go for a 100 percent, and don’t look back.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Ok, these answers are going to be for pre-covid. lol Monday: Take a trip to El Matador beach in Malibu in the morning, but before getting there, we will grab sandwiches and a couple 40s at the Whole Foods next to Pepperdine University. Coming back from the beach, we will take a trip to Santa Monica Pier and just enjoy the afternoon there and grab a good lunch at the restaurant called The Misfit. On the way back home, we will take a pitstop to Downtown L.A and visit the Arts District area where we will have a few drinks at Boomtown Brewery. Tuesday: Wake up early in the morning, and go for a hike. Depending on how physically challenging he wants the hike to be, I will either take him to echo mountain, or somewhere local like Turnbull canyon trail. Afterwards grab lunch at this place in West Covina called Bun Street where they have amazing gourmet burgers. After that, visit some hometown friends and play some drinking games. Wednesday: Visit the Huntington Library in the morning, from there we can go to Old Town Pasadena and go to my favorite bar which is called Kings Row. There they have live music, and the drink menu is great. Afterwards, depending on the time, we can go to the Griffith Observatory and take some nice sunset/portrait shots. There is this really good food spot in Echo Park called Lady Bird Cafe that I would take him too. Thursday: In the morning I would take him to this coffee spot called Kindness & Mischief in Highland Park before hiking the Hollywood sign. After the hike, go to this amazing taco spot called Angels Tijuana. Later in the afternoon, we will visit a trip to Broken Shaker which is one of my favorite bars in Downtown. Friday: Spend most of our day in Long Beach. Start off our morning with Georges Greek Cafe on second street, and then from there go to Ballast Point Brewery. After ballast, rent a couple bikes and just ride down the coast. Depending if there is a sporting event going on, either go to a Dodgers game, or Lakers game in the evening. This is just a small list of the things I would do as a week intinerary
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First and foremost, I’d like to give a shout out to my Uncle David. He really has a way to push me beyond my limits, and achieve more. Due to this pandemic, I feel that him and I have connected more on an emotional basis, but his determination and drive to get out of a “comfort zone” is something I look up too. So shout out to my Uncle David, love you! Since the “Stay At Home” order started back in March, I have been reading a lot more, and one of the books that really caught my attention is the “12 Rules For Life, An Antidote to Chaos” by Jordan B. Peterson. The reason why I’m choosing this book is because in the first rule states to “Stand Up With Your Back Straight”. And I like this rule a lot because I feel everyone should showcase themselves in a presentable manner. I feel a lot of people can tend to be lazy and slouch, which is never good for anyone. So with that being said, I will give a shout out to this book for making me see clearly on Life and purpose. And last but not least, I have to give credit to my loved ones, my family. We are small, but every time we are together, it is always a memorable night.