We had the good fortune of connecting with Jordan Braun and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jordan, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The biggest factor and success of my brand, Jordan Braun Photography, can mostly be credited towards networking. Creating long term relationships with people and businesses that could use eventually my services down the road has proven to be the most valuable asset to success. My business itself could not have taken off like it has without the relationships I have built throughout my time in Miami. When I moved to Miami over five years ago after graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a B.F.A in Photography I quickly jumped into a job with sbe, formerly Morgan’s Hotel Group, that was projected to be a short term position. I ended up staying with the company for over three years, but it was during that time I started to network and build my connections outside of my 9-5 job with neighboring hotels and their employees. I quickly realized that hotels around the area were lacking in their social media game and marketing in terms of up-to-date photography of the properties itself and their food & beverage outlets. Knowing I could benefit the resorts with my creative eye and love for content creation, I began to approach the hotels with proposals explaining how I could become an asset to their properties and drive revenue through captivating imagery on social media. Fast forward three and a half years, I finally left my position at sbe and was creating content full time for hotels, restaurants and bars. All of these opportunities came to fruition through my ambition to network with anyone I came across whether at an event, dinner with friends, traveling, or simply reaching out via email. To this day, I am now continuing to photograph for hotels and resorts, but also shoot with notable brands and figures to create product and lifestyle content. One may not be able to predict when the next job opportunity will transpire, but it can be as simple as someone remembering your witty personality years down the road. I’ve learned from my five years in Miami that everything really does happen for a reason and I’ve made lifelong connections by constantly meeting new people and remembering that the next big opportunity could be sitting next to me at dinner or in line at a coffee shop.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My aesthetic, without a doubt, has grown and developed over the years, from the first time I picked up a camera at eight years old, to where I am today. Aside from client work, I find myself focusing on fine art photography. Throughout the past couple years, I’ve realized how important it is to take time for yourself and I find a sense of tranquility in my fine artwork. I recently launched an online store with some of my favorite pieces that has been in the works for four years and has finally been unveiled to the world to see. Attending a fine art school taught me the importance of craft and how to successfully print photographs using archival methods and the highest quality materials. I worked closely with a local Miami printer to professionally print and frame each piece. My photographs are one-of-a-kind and the quality of work that goes into each print and frame can best be described as incomparable. Growing up traveling to many beaches around the world, I found an attraction to the movement of the sea and the waves that are formed from the winds. Available on my shop are some of my most captivating images of the ocean and Miami’s unique Art Deco architecture. Movement and pattern have always caught my eye, which is visible in both my ocean and architecture series. All of the photographs are mounted and printed on premium archival luster paper, custom framed with UV protective plexiglass front and printed in limited editions. The pieces are designed to be an escape from everyday life and bring a sense of ease to the mind. As my brand continues to evolve and expand, I strive that one day that my pieces can be found in many prestigious art galleries around the world.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Living in the South of Fifth neighborhood in South Beach has offered me some amazing spots to wine and dine (all in walking distance!) I am a beach boy at heart, so days spent at the beach are a go-to for me. I would start the day stopping at Pura Vida to grab a quick bite, because who can’t live without the Perfect Egg Sandwich and Chocolate PB Smoothie. We would then head over to the beach a block over, and spend the majority of the day on the sandbar and lounging in the chairs listening to a tropical house playlist with a mix of country music. After the beach, you can’t pass up happy hour at Monty’s or Santorini by Georgios (they have the best happy hour(s) in South Beach, IMO.) South Pointe Park is a great place to catch the sunset, and enjoy the views as boats come in and out of the Biscayne Bay and Atlantic Ocean. After a quick rinse at the house, I would head on over to RED Steakhouse for a Bone-In Ribeye. Be sure to order a bunch of sides such as the Creamed Corn, Green Beans with Chili Flakes, Pine Nuts & Pancetta, and the Lobster Mac & Cheese. Pre-COVID, I was into the local bar scene, once again in the South of Fifth neighborhood, The Scapegoat, was my go-to after dinner for a late night drink. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
For me, my closest friends and family have been my biggest supporters to date. They’ve been by my side to help support my work, career, and decisions throughout my life. Their support has motivated me throughout the years and continued to drive my creative mind as a lifestyle, food and beverage, architecture, event, product and fine art photographer.
JORDAN BRAUN PHOTOGRAPHY