Name: Jessica Robles
Current City: Los Angeles, CA
Hometown: Burbank, CA
Occupation: Professional Photographer
LA Native and freelance photographer, Jessica Robles finds inspiration scattered across the city from the unique individuals who inhabit it to the diverse landscapes of Mother Earth. "There is so much you can do here and it helps fuel my creativeness." When she's not behind the lens, she's attending classic car shows, gardening with her newfound green thumb or cuddling with her 15-year-old pup.
Peep below to learn all about her journey!
What attracted you to the world of photography?
Film. 35mm specifically.
I fell in love with photography in high school when I took a black and white film photography class; I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life! Being a photographer is amazing and has no limitations. It’s always changing and there are plenty of job opportunities. Photography allows us to share and to communicate. It’s a hard but beautiful career that I’m blessed to have.
Do you prefer digital photography or film photography?
I love and respect both, but I love film photography more! It’s much more personal to me. It slows you down and makes you focus on your subject. You care more about every shot you take.
Your portfolio is all around exquisite, what is one of your favorite shoots to date?
I have very fond memories of taking film shots of the 6th St. Bridge in DTLA before they demolished it. People used to bring their cars and it was absolutely amazing to see all of the old one-of-a-kind classics together in one place - there must have been at least 100 classics. I photographed a piece of history. It was even more rewarding when one of raw film photos got published in Vogue Italia.
Who are some of your favorite creatives to collaborate with?
One of my favorite models to test and collaborate with is Jade Le. She's wonderful. I love what she represents and how supportive she is. We're always booking shoots even when we're not collaborating. I also love collaborating with Quiggle Ignacio, another gorgeous model, and Knarik Arzumanyan a very talented MUA.
Let's dive into the future, describe your dream life?
Okay… a classic car in the driveway for sure. A 1957 Thunderbird! I dream traffic in LA would disappear so we can all get everywhere stress free! I dream I’m still following my dreams like I am now!
What are some challenges you hit at this point in your career and how do you navigate through them?
Money for sure. When things break, get lost or stolen it’s unexpected. Sometimes you’re not always financially prepared at what life is going to throw at you, but don’t let it stop you from succeeding and moving forward. You will overcome your challenges and grow from them! I’ve learned so much from my experiences.
Discuss the importance of female friendships in your life.
I’m very thankful for each of my older sisters and my mother. I can always count on my sisters to be there for me. My sisters know everything about me, so they provide me with the perfect advice in any situation.
If you could have dinner with any woman in history, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Audrey Hepburn. I know that might be cliche, but there’s a reason she’s still so famous. She was an introvert and did not crave the spotlight like most celebrities. She was trained as a dental assistant before making it as an actress. She also survived a Nazi invasion and occupation of her town. She was pretty badass. She worked for the Dutch resistance and would carry secret messages in her ballet slippers. If caught, they would have ended her life. She was very inspirational and an amazing actress.
"There is more to sex appeal than just measurements,” Audrey Hepburn once said.
"I don’t need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much sex appeal picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain."
What are you grateful for?
Life! I’m grateful to be born in Los Angeles. I’m thankful for my parents who have always supported my career, and my love of photography since I was 15. I am grateful for my husband and the support he gives me daily. I am grateful to everyone who’s booked a photoshoot with me! Lastly, I am extremely grateful for art and photography!!!!
Quote to live by?
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”