Jordan Zobrist – Human Radiance

Jordan is a master at capturing candid and genuine moments of her subjects – the results are magical and warm your heart. Check out her charming story below. 


Say hello to Jordan:

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Where are you from?  Where have you been?

I am from a small rural town in Idaho called Rigby. I have traveled to over 15 countries, most of which are in Europe.


What’s your favorite place in the world?

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My bed. Pretty self explanatory.

What’s on your “bucket list” of ideas to create?

So many things! Where do I start? I have been really wanting to do a Bob Dylan inspired photoshoot that embodies his essence, music, and sense of style. I am a huge Bob Dylan fan. I also hope to do an “In Bed” series, which capture different people in their own space/bedroom, completely natural and authentic (my bed is my favorite place, after all). Sounds kinkier than I intended, but it’s just supposed to be a look into the personal side of people’s lives, no nudity involved.


How would you describe your visual style?

I like to describe my visual style as very rich, authentic, and soulful. I don’t want to capture a predictable image. I want to capture moments and emotions that emanate authentic beauty, light, and color.

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Tell us about when you found out your work was being published for the first time.

It kind of happened by accident. I happened to do a shoot for a fashion blogger/model who ended up really liking the photos and submitting them to a magazine, instead of the shoot that was originally planned to be featured. Our bohemian-inspired shoot ended up being featured on the cover of MITH Magazine. It’s so thrilling when opportunities come your way, especially when it is unexpected. I loved receiving my copy in the mail and seeing my work not only on the cover, but on multiple pages as the featured story.


What types of photography do you do?  What’s your favorite and why?

Lifestyle, fashion, and commercial. I definitely lean toward commercial work. I love to create a visual story for a brand that captures the beauty of people and products in real life scenarios.

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What was the moment you decided to become a photographer?

After college. I realized that I wanted nothing to do with any of the jobs I could actually get with my degree. So, I decided to go all in and do what I loved. It took a huge leap of faith, and every day, I have to remind myself that failure is not an option.


What has been your biggest setback as a photographer?

Self-doubt, it’s something that every artist has to battle with on a weekly, even daily basis.


What are your favorite three photos you’ve taken?

I selected the following photos because I feel they are some of the best representations of what I aim for when I take an image. 

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This image not only shows my love for black and white imagery, but my love of high contrast and playing with direct light and dark shadows to create something magical.

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This photo is similar with its use of contrast and shadow play, but I included it because it is my favorite shot from a photo series called, The Stripped Project, which I will talk about later on. I feel as if this photo really captures the full mind, body, and spirit of the woman I was photographing.

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This image shows my love for shallow depth of field and how it can turn an ordinary portrait into something extraordinary.

Photography is competitive.  How do you stand out?

Hustle, hustle, then hustle some more.


What’s the best advice you can think of for someone just starting in photography?

Don’t create for anyone else. Create what you love and what you get excited about because that is going to be your best work, and the right people will appreciate it in the end.


What is the best thing a model can do to make the most of a photoshoot?

Use your hair as an accessory and naturally move into poses. I love capturing movement.

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What’s the funniest story you have from being a photographer?

I have shown up to several photoshoots having my client or the model thinking that I was a male photographer, and then being surprised when they finally saw me in person and realized I am a woman. The name Jordan goes either way of course, and often confuses people. One client even asked me if I was the photographer’s wife when I walked up! We laughed about it the rest of the shoot.


If you could photograph anything in the world, what would it be?

I would love to photograph a wedding or do a commercial shoot in the Faroe Islands. Look them up – it’s like Iceland, but better!


Who do you want to give a shout-out to?

Oh, there are soooo many people! I absolutely love my friends/bloggers, Mara Ferreira and Devon Cruse, who made my transition to Los Angeles go so smoothly! My favorite model and styling wizard, Quigley, and the two most talented make-up artists I have ever worked with, McKenzie Larson and Cherisa.


What’s your philosophy when it comes to being a great photographer?

Make your most recent shoot your best work, and you will always improve and grow.


How do you bring out your model’s personality in a shoot?

Get them talking about themselves and they open up!

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What’s the most inspiring photo you’ve ever seen?

I love anything by Rodney Smith. He shoots with real intent.


What photography advice do you wish you had when you were first starting out?

Don’t be afraid to ask for help! You won’t look stupid, I promise!


What are 3 tips you have for aspiring photographers?

  • The more you shoot, the better you will get, so shoot every day.
  • Push yourself to shoot outside of your comfort zone.
  • Find a mentor.

What are 3 tips you have for aspiring models?

Work with the best photographers you can find, practice different facial expressions, so you don’t have just one look, and be adaptable.


What kind of gear do you have?

Just bought a Sigma 35mm 1.4, and I’m in love.


What’s one lighting tip you’d like to share with other photographers?

Shoot at twilight when the sun has gone down! It’s amazing!


What’s one post-processing tip you’d like to share with other photographers?

Brighten the whites and darken the blacks. 🙂


Do you have any projects you’d like to show off?

One of my favorite projects I have ever done is called The Stripped Project – check it out. It’s a compilation of raw portraits featuring bloggers with NO MAKE-UP and NO RETOUCHING. Women stripped of any facades, exposing their real beauty for all the world to see. The images are definitely the most beautiful photos I have ever taken. The most transparent and the most riveting.


What has photography done for you as a person?  How has it changed you?

It has taught me how to focus my passion and talent into something tangible and rewarding. Photography has introduced me to so many amazing people, places, and experiences – it has pushed me to my limits physically, mentally, and emotionally. Basically, it’s shown me what I am made of.


Who’s your biggest hero in your life?

My husband – he is an incredibly hard-working and selfless person.


What’s one of your biggest fears?

Living a life with regrets.


What will you be doing five years from now?

Doing photoshoots with a baby strapped to my back, I’m sure.


For anyone that wants to get in touch with Jordan, here’s some contact information:

FStop: Profile

Website: www.jordanzobrist.com

Facebook: Profile

Instagram: @jzobphoto


Jordan, thank you for taking the time to share your beautiful journey!

If any artists out there want to collaborate with FStop, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

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