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Creator Spotlight: Juan Cazares

I’m always inspired, but the colors of the products, like the packaging & ingredients! I used to be scared of too much color and always caught myself muting things down a lot, but now I really love it. They make a huge difference in the visuals & brands want to catch the public’s attention with the photography, so it’s a win for everyone in the end.

1.13.21
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Moodelier

I try not to stress over keeping an aesthetic since I’ve found it usually ends in me limiting my creativity.

What does a week of life look like for you? What do you do each weekday?

Each week can be drastically different from the last, depending on how many projects I’m working on. It usually starts out by me going out to locate props, ingredients, sending out packages, etc. I love using natural sunlight to shoot in, so I’ll usually run errands in the afternoons but if it happens to be cloudy, it’s the opposite, and I use artificial lighting at night. My weekends so far have consisted of me working, but I’ve been trying to take the weekends off if possible to spend some time on myself & decompress. 

How do you incorporate colors in your work?

I’m always inspired, but the colors of the products, like the packaging & ingredients! I used to be scared of too much color and always caught myself muting things down a lot, but now I really love it. They make a huge difference in the visuals & brands want to catch the public’s attention with the photography, so it’s a win for everyone in the end.

How do you define/find pieces/props that work for your aesthetic?  

I try not to stress over keeping an aesthetic since I’ve found it usually ends in me limiting my creativity. When looking for props, I love natural stones, leaves, prisms, or anything with a really cool shape that’ll also cast a pretty cool shadow. Moodlier pieces are a perfect example of funky/cool that can even double as home decor! 

What is your favorite type of project to work on?

My favorite type of projects are those where the client and I are on the same page throughout the process. Miscommunication can create a huge and inconvenient setback for both the clients and photographer so trying to run things as smoothly as possible is always nice. 

How do you incorporate Moodelier pieces and other props into your workflow? Can you show us some photo examples?

I love how versatile Moodlier pieces can be. They’ll look amazing for editorials, lifestyle, or even in your home. I’ll use them to elevate a product, create shadows, or add texture. Other props I love using are mirrors and water since they can add so much to a photo without having to create a fancy set up. 

What are your enneagram types? 

I’m definitely the reformer, achiever & enthusiast type. I have set goals that I try to set for myself, and once I achieve those goals, they only get higher and higher each time. I also don’t stress about it if I don’t achieve them within a certain period of time, which I’ve learned to accept. I like trying new things but also remain reserved, and whenever anyone needs anything, I try to be there for them even when I’m not always in the mood to do so (lol) 


When I’m in a creative rut, what I like to do is actually not try to look for inspo and let it come when it does.

Who and what are your inspirations currently? Any apps and accounts that we should follow that have been helpful or inspiring for you?

I’ve only been doing photography (as a profession) for about 7 months now, and I got my first ever camera 9 months ago, so everything happened out of nowhere, but I’m thankful for it. I started my page -juanskindiary- just to post about products I was using, but along the way, I was fascinated with the world of photography that went into creating the visuals for those products and what it was about them that drew me in. I experimented with new techniques, and I was shooting with my phone/editing with procreate in the very early stages. Once I felt confident enough and like I could actually make this a career, I bought a camera then all of my equipment as I started getting paid for projects. It hasn’t been easy, and I feel like I still have so much to learn, but I’m glad I didn’t quit! 

Some of my favorite photographers that I look up to and in a way sparked this interest in me were @bharrington_photos & @davidnewtonphotography on IG. I also find inspo from all of my friends and accounts I follow. When I’m in a creative rut, what I like to do is actually not try to look for inspo and let it come when it does. That can be tricky when I have a project to complete, but I hope for the best 

 I'm shocked that you only have been doing this for 7 months, out of curiosity. I have to add one more question. Where are you coming from? Just kidding. Hehe, seriously, what did you do before this? What's your background? You seem so seasoned in your craft, and I see you use rendering software for your image creation process too, did you pick that up as well? I'm so impressed. 

Yes, I’m super new to this, and every time I tell people, they’re just as shocked lol. 

Before I did photography, I did the painting (the house type), and while I didn’t mind it, I found photography would be more up my alley since I can express myself so much more that way & it’s something that I enjoyed. 

I’m self-taught and I learned to use photoshop within 3 weeks of using it, and whenever I had any questions, I’d go to YouTube or google for answers and hope they’re there. I don’t have a background in photography, I was actually denied access to a photography class in high school, which is kinda awkward thinking about now but I somehow learned how to do everything pretty fast. I didn’t have any friends in the field at the time, so it’s a huge learning experience for me. When I got into rendering, I saw one tutorial and got right into it. I’m a bit impatient so that’s what makes me what to start things without having a clue of what I’m doing. 

All photos are from @Juanskindiary

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