Jessica Rivas is a talented 24-year old photographer based in Miami, Florida. Jessica studied Psychology at Miami Dade College and graduated from Florida International University in Communication Arts. Let us hear more from the photographer herself…

Tell us a little bit about you:

I’m currently living in Miami, Florida where I appreciate life’s simplicity and it’s visual diversity. I like stationary items, education, and dancing.
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How long have you been a photographer?

I’ve been photographing for a little over 5 years.
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What first drew you to portrait photography—and how did you discover it?

When I was 17 years old, I started bringing my Coolpix L100 to any party or friendly gathering I’d attend. Photographing my friends candidly for fun is what drew me to portrait photography. I then began stepping forward into different settings, purposely telling my friends that I wanted to photograph them for portraiture reasons. They were extremely supportive and it allowed me to creatively expand in that style.
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How would you describe your style?

I would describe my style as being lively, bold, and organic. It may change depending on the mood of the shoot or activity yet it usually circulates around that style.
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If someone is interested in portrait photography, what would you recommend they try doing to get into the field?

I’d recommend to study or read into psychology/anthropology. Then, to let go of any set rules so that there is room for presence. Oh, and maybe to start off capturing family members or friends. It can lead them to getting comfortable enough to capture portraits of strangers.
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What kind of equipment do you use now, and what did you start with?

I started with a Blackberry phone camera! After realizing how much I would use it, I asked my parents for an actual point and shoot during Christmas and got a Coolpix L100. I now use a Nikon D7000 with 3 different lenses.
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A photographer who inspires you?

Steve McCurry.
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Briefly describe a Day in the Life of Jessica Rivas!

Definitely begins with a hearty breakfast and continues with either being productive or lounging at home. There may be either an adventure, a work-out, or a creative project in between and my day ends depending how the afternoon went – I aim for smooth, flowing days ?
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You can find Jessica Rivas on the Web :

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All the pictures in this post are copyrighted to Jessica Rivas.