Jun Ying is one of our Top 30 under 30 featured photographers.
Here’s a little bit more about him, what he does, and some of his best advice:
Tell us how you got started in photography.
I picked up my first point and shoot camera (Canon S90) in 2009 and the thought that I am able to freeze time and memories with just with a click of a button fascinated me. I felt like I had the power to create and preserve the world I saw. Before, I was never able to fully appreciate moments in life because I have terrible memory and I would eventually forget what happened. Because of my poor memory, the appeal of travelling never spoke to me until the day I picked up a camera and was able to freeze moments in time.. However, photography changed my attitude towards the world. Photography can preserve my memory, generate from my inspiration, and allow me to create something no one has seen before. My interests of the world and it began to grow. Everything was interesting. Even an electric outlet seemed like a face worth capturing. The world became brand new to me. I was able to create and capture whatever I saw and however I wanted to enjoy my life.
When I decided to capture photos, I had one goal in mind on a wedding day: “What I capture today is the only thing that could help them remember in the future.” I would put my whole soul into capturing people’s moments and my life’s meaning became preserving as many people’s memories as possible. When I capture a creative session (engagement/portrait/fashion) I want to create something that no one has ever seen before. I want to be remembered as a great story teller that can capture and create.
Now that you are one of Canada’s top 30 under 30 wedding photographers, what’s next for you?
I have been creating a group of like-minded people to help me expand and focus my vision. My skills are limited to photography and I am limited to by own knowledge.. However, I have created a team that helps one another grow and improve by learning from each other and sharing their own insights. Many people look at skills when selecting a team but I value personality and passion. I aim to create a team that bride and grooms could feel the warmth and care throughout the day where our excitement shines through.
How has attending photography seminars or photo conventions such as the Canada Photo Convention benefited you as a photographer?
I believe in learning and making progresses. Life is about being better than yesterday and sharing knowledge. I want to learn as much as possible and teach it to my team and those around me in every way I can. Canada Photo Convention has many stories and skills that I can absorb because they gather the best from the world to share their experiences. I enjoyed my first visit in 2014 and I am excited to attend the upcoming one in 2015.
What does it mean to you personally to be a young wedding photographer in Canada?
I am fortunate to be able to realize my passion earlier on in my life. It means I have time to learn what I love the most and inspire the younger generations to enjoy and appreciate life as much as I can.
Tell us about a pinch-me moment that you had where you just couldn’t believe that this became your life.
I donated my photography services several times. It may be portraits, events, and sometimes even weddings. Majority of the memories captured were related to cancer. Often the memories I captured are the last memories that people would remember. It feels unreal each time but I have always been reminded that what I do is irreplaceable.
What’s one thing you would say to another photographer that’s just getting started?
Don’t think too hard when it comes to photography. Observe, if you can feel like how they feel and capture it, then the photos you capture would be timeless and beautiful. Shoot how it feels, not how it looks.
To see more of Jun’s work, check out his website here.