Gem story was written by: Stay Klassay
Meet Jordan Ward, a young man who strives to convey his compassion for his clients through his photography. He spent his childhood in Wesley Chapel, Florida, passing the time by attending conventions, going to the movies, and shopping at Hot Topic… a lot! At just six years old, Ward discovered his passion for filming the world around him. He admits to taking his first camcorder everywhere, including church, school, and even funerals! Growing up, his mom was always his biggest support system. There will always be a special place in his heart for how she helped him, and even his siblings, through college.
The first DSLR camera that Jordan owned was the Canon Rebel T3i. Once in his possession, he immediately busied himself taking photos of animals and landscapes that he came across. He didn’t get into “human” photography until he was in the sixth grade when he was gifted a Canon Rebel T6i. This camera broadened his palette to try out portrait, wedding, and real estate photography. Although he enjoyed photographing different things and settings, Jordan did not really become passionate about photography until his college years.
Inspired by the likes of Dani Diamond, set out to study ways that natural light can turn a photo into something that tells a story. Portrait photography is his favorite because he is able to decipher the hidden messages behind every face. One reason that his photography stands out from others is that he isn’t afraid to overedit. Ward’s work is also inspired by his love of anime and sci-fi. He wants his photos to be too much, as in either too much contrast, brightness, darkness, or color. His skillful edits help his photos come to life in unique ways!
Jordan’s routine before a shoot usually begins a week in advance. He first contacts the model in order to plan out dates, pick shooting locations, determine their willingness, and inquire about any special requests. He is very considerate to all his clients and strives to make them feel like they are celebrities for the day! He brings all the necessities to a shoot, including extra clothing, water, snacks, and of course his lucky 85mm lens.
This year, Jordan plans
His top three destinations are Egypt, Italy, and China. In the near future, he aspires to become a freelance videographer and get paid to travel the world and share what’s beyond the surface through his productions. If you’re looking to travel the world through Jordan Ward Photography, then make sure to follow this soon-to-be international Gem!