Tell us a bit about yourself!
I'm Janai, but I go by Jana. I'm a Mexican fashion and landscape photographer living in Texas with my dog and husband.
Where do you take inspiration from while gathering ideas for your photoshoots?
I find my inspiration in colors. Color is the first thing I think about when I am conceptualizing a photo shoot. Then I think about the feeling I want my photos to emulate. Other sources of inspiration are French films from the 60s, architecture, and music.
Best part about collaborating with people to create gorgeous images?
I am a people person, but also kind of an introvert. But when I'm working with people on my photo shoots, I push myself past my fears. And it leaves me with not only great art but also with a new acquaintance. Most of my subjects end up being close friends or people I work with regularly because we vibe well together. I also believe without collaboration, we would be stuck in a rut. It's good to meet others and combine perspectives.
When not working, what do you most enjoy doing with your time?
I really enjoy traveling. It's my favorite thing to do. Partly because I'm a photographer but also because I've been doing it all my life. My childhood was very nomadic, and I think that's why I feel most at home when I'm on the road. Not to say that my life has been filled with glamorous trips around the world. My parents did not have the money for that. In fact, we mostly traveled because my parents were looking for employment. But they taught me how to appreciate the small things, and how to love people regardless of where they're from. That's really shaped my work and the kind of person I am now.
Who or what brings out the best in you?
My husband brings out my best and worst side. I have to be honest because I don't want to make my life seem like a fairytale. Haha. But he's influenced me in such a positive way. His outlook on life is full of joy. It's contagious and it helps me in my life and work.
Quote you swear by?
What is the universe but a lot of waves -Jack Kerouac
And lastly, what does true beauty mean to you?
I think true beauty is our best features mixed in with our worst. I'm true beauty, you're true beauty. This isn't me trying to make myself feel better. It's me being realistic. We're all imperfect in some way, but also perfect in other ways. And our capacity to be those two at once is beautiful.
Follow Jana on Instagram! @janacantua
Check out her page! janainthedesert.com
SHOP WHAT'S CURRENTLY IN JANA’S MAKEUP COLLECTION:
Complexion Confidence Kit
Raw Sugar Mountain Luminous Blush
Outdoorsy Gal Shimmer Eye Shadow
Beat the Heat Shimmer Eye Shadow