the 'jaii' in jaii wave
Hey! My name is Isabella Jaii and I am a 22 year old, Metro Detroit Freelance Photographer.
My interest in photography started at a very young age. I grew up in a house with parents that loved to do nothing but take pictures of myself and my siblings for DAYS, I mean for days. I would always find myself scrambling through the old shoe boxes of print out images my parents had of us just to reminisce.
Fortunately, that same love my parents had for candid photography rubbed off on me over the years. In middle school, I started to get into it with the small point-to-shoot cameras we had around the house taking photos of myself and nature. Later on in high school, I would always be the one in school taking photos of my friends for instagram or catching them "off-guard" so that I could use them as memes. I realized photography was definitely something I wanted to pursue. So, for my senior internship, I decided to contact a few photographers in the area, but due to my surprise it was an 'off season' or they just weren't willing to let me learn from them. Even with this disappointing news, I never let my dream die out; I just kind of shifted my focus. I had another dream to start a youtube channel, which led me to buying my first DSLR in 2017.
And in that time, I started bringing it out with me everywhere I'd go. Family and friends began to notice and would ask me to take their photos for their events and life moments. I then realized, I was finally in the midst of pursuing a passion I had always known I would. I started to take it more seriously by charging and even buying lighting equipment. By August 26th, 2018, I was ready to pursue it professionally and launched what you see now. Jaii Wave, a multimedia company, that specializes in mainly portraiture photography. It's been a journey, but a great one so far. I hope you'll ride the wave with me til the end.