JAYDEN MOOSA

My favourite quote is:

"Always believe in yourself. No matter who's around you being negative or thrusting negative
energy at you, totally block it off. Because whatever you believe, you become."

- Michael Jackson

My favourite quote is:

"Always believe in yourself. No matter who's around you being negative or thrusting negative
energy at you, totally block it off. Because whatever you believe, you become."

- Michael Jackson

Describe a flaw that you have, a trying time in your life or something you would change about yourself.
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There was a time in my life when I started Photography and I did not know anybody in the field, I met a very ambitious woman by the name of Loren Lee Henderson and she once told me:

"I know you're going to make it to the top. But promise yourself one thing?"
And I said "What is that promise I should keep?"
She said, "Don’t build an ego", And I promised her that.

As time went by I started getting more jobs, opportunities to network, and I never grabbed it with open arms, I regret each and every opportunity I have turned down in my life of being involved with Photography. I used to be an introvert, I worked alone for almost 2 years, But now its catching up to me and I see the bigger picture and that you need others as well as others need you. My advice to all readers reading this, work hard and network, because social/marketing is everything.  Don’t push away anything life has to throw at you because it came your way for a reason, good or bad, It makes you who you are.


What is your best memory?
My best memory was definitely when I got to photograph my first actual model, she was signed to ICE Models.
The happiness flowing through me when I got home to start editing the images and finally feel how capable I am to satisfy somebody with their own looks! It’s really hard to take photos of someone and get great feedback,
nobody really likes themselves, well lots do not - Laughs.

What is your worst memory?

My worst memory was made when I got told "I don’t care about you, I just care about your free images you shoot".
Never will I want that moment again.


What has been one of the most defining moments in your life so far?
Definitely finding my own shoot style! I have never got so many compliments and people contacting me because they love the lighting, grading I use, It made me feel so much more motivated to shoot more and so much more confident over my work, because I was at a point of giving up. I think a lot of us feel like that when we feel like we're getting nowhere
because there is so much competition.

What is the biggest lesson you learned from a mistake you made or a trying time in your life?

My biggest lesson I've learnt was when I did not listen (I always thought I was right) to other creatives about how the industry works, my actions I've taken and methods of doing it. I almost had my reputation destroyed.


What is the one thing people always misunderstand about you and why do you think this happens?
I think it was that I never had a good way of talking and saying things and I would say it in different words when I actually meant something else. It is my own fault for not thinking out the words clear enough.

What character traits do you possess that you would like to break and why?

Being Stubborn? Sometimes… Depends on the situation, well, being stubborn can really be bad for your brand as well as yourself. Nobody would want to work with you because of a bad attitude. So I think I should change
that before anything bad happens.


What is your philosophy in life?
My philosophy in life is to find the best in people no matter what they look like or how they act.

What feels like love to you?

Anything that will make me warm, pleased and fulfilled in life.


What cheers you up when you are down and why?
Gaming, I’m a big gamer; It’s my escape from the real world or editing photos,
knowing I’ll come up with new ways of editing for better results.

What do you think is the most important thing someone can do to improve themselves and why?

Observing. Learn from others; learn from your mistakes and others, because if you were in the same situation you would most likely give yourself the same outcome to the situation.


What is the last thing you have done that’s really worth remembering?
Meeting up with an old friend and we made some art. It was really heart filling to see her again.

Are you holding onto something that you need to let go of and if so what is stopping you?

I feel like sometimes I hold onto my past, I will lose the good and bad memories; I don't like losing memories at all.


What have you given up on and why?
Fast foods, Sodas, all the bad things. It’s just unhealthy. Negative people, I don’t have time for them.

Photography: Jayden Moosa - Instagram

Muse: Elizaveta Petrova - Instagram

Location: Moscow, Russia