We had the good fortune of connecting with Janessa Alexandra and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Janessa, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind my success would have to be my willingness- my willingness to show up when I need to. The willingness to struggle, and constantly push myself for the greater good. Striving to see & portray the world in such a different and beautiful point of view. It has been such an amazing journey getting to build my craft, and being able to share it with those around me!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I want those around me, and for those who I get to work with feel safe and confident in who they are and what they believe in. My “brand” represents strength in embracing who you are, and my job as a photographer is to help you create a vision that tells your story. I always say “I hope that when you look at my photos, you imagine yourself going through a sentimental photo album at your parents house.”. That’s how I know I’m doing something right. This journey as a photographer and entrepreneur has had it’s fair share of challenges, but what success story hasn’t? At the end of the day, it’s important to remember the reason why I started it all in the first place; I genuinely love it.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
First, I would stop at one of the local coffee shops! My favorite ones to date are Bardo’s Coffee Shop, Corvus Coffee, & Lula Rose General Store. Then we would head in the heart of downtown to experience the bustle of Denver! Nothing beats the bright sun while driving past Union Station, seeing the state capital building, and admiring all of the art around RiNo (and stop to munch at the Denver Central Market! We would spend the rest of the day checking out the local shops and buying the cutest trinkets. The next day we would start off with brunch at Snooze and head out to the mountains! Red Rocks Amphitheater is a classic close to Denver, and with a good drive, Garden of the Gods is to die for. There’s plenty to do and see here in Colorado, and a lot of local businesses to support!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to shout out Kira (@kiraports on instagram)! Early on during my photography career, I was able to meet Kira and do a fun trade shoot! Not only did we become friends, but I always admired how she was so enthusiastic about meeting other photographers and creating a community among other artists! Til this day, she still shows constant support to other Denver creatives. Shoutout to Kira!
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