We had the good fortune of connecting with Jorge Trinchet and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jorge, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
In all honesty, my last job was at Target and after being treated like just another number I realized it was time to find a change in my life. I was spending 9-12 hours a day stacking the same aisles day in and day out from 6am-4pm. One day my girlfriend saw my work and said “Why don’t you just start your own business and see where life takes you? You’re really good at what you do might as well explore it.” It was the boost of confidence I needed to actually begin my photography journey. With that being said Target never saw me again, and I began to take pride in my work, work free gigs until I was noticed, and now I am a freelance photographer with many great accomplishments I have always dreamed of.
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.
I treat the art of photography as this huge picture book that’ll last forever. The only thing we have left when our loved ones, idols, heroes, and favorite things pass away is the pictures and videos that are left behind. For example, I was able to take what was legendary to me, photos of DMX three weeks before he passed away. What sets me apart is the way I handle situations, my communications skills, and the fact that I’m not easily star struck, which a lot of my clients love and appreciate. The path to where I am today has been one crazy rollercoaster, I started off doing some free work for some NBA/NFL trainers, directors and my closest friends. Once I stepped my portfolio up is when I was able to actually begin my business, and make a living out of my own work. In the beginning it was very hard work, a huge struggle, but I worked my way up and paved the way to success. I feel as if my hard work speaks for itself and it did pay off. I began getting referrals left and right. It took me about a year and a half to really be on top of my game and begin to be recognized in all areas. The struggle was real and I actually doubted myself in that hard time and thought about exploring other options. Through all the hard work, struggles, and doubts I was able to overcome it all and it humbled me so much. Some advice I can give to up incoming photographers is the beginning is tough and it’s going to feel like you’re stuck, like there is so much competition out there and it almost seems impossible at times. But, always believe in yourself, your work, and strive to be the best you can possibly be. Remember to make connections with everyone, and show case your work, you never know who will be impressed by it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Miami is such a diverse city where you can literally find anything you’d ever imagine. A few food spots we would visit would be Organic Food Kings the best vegan spot in the United States, Caja Caliente taco truck, House of Mac, and Drunken Dragon. Some cool spots to get a drink would be Joia Beach, Komodo, Area 31 and 1-800 Lucky. Some chill spots I would go to would be The Basement, shoot some hoops at the indoor gym in The Paramount, hang out around the rooftop pool at The W, and most importantly catch some sun at the beach. Once all the fun is over I’d take them with me to one of my shoots so they can meet once of their favorite artists or athletes to top it all off.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
So I want to shout out a few people that have helped pave the way for my success. First of all I want to start with my brother Polo Kerber who has been one of the coolest people I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Another shoutout to the first guy to ever get me on an official video set Shula The Don, Danny from DSBG for always doing great things and keeping me in mind to bring his vision to life, and my bro Ryan K a fellow photographer who I’ve worked hand and hand with in many shoots and getting me some cool opportunities.