Profile: Jordan Michael Zuniga


Who are you?

I am me. Just Jordan. A photographer in Miami. =)

What do you do in real life?

The same things that I do in my unreal life. I am a photographer, so it can get pretty unreal sometimes, but it’s a daily thing. I meet interesting people, photograph them in different ways, and then take their image and give it my all to make them look their best.

What do you like most about what you do?

I love that the whole process from start to finish about capturing and molding an image into what I see as ascetically cool. Seeing the final product is amazing, and shooting is exciting, but the people I meet along the way, and the people that share the same passion as I do really make it fun.

What is your process?

It changes on a daily basis, and really it is determined by my motivation and interest in the project I’m working on.

What inspires you?

Beautiful places, and beautiful people. Not just “physically,” but beautiful inside.
What should we know about “Women in Cages”?

See, I could laugh right now and say “We can learn that, that is where they belong.” But I’m not going there =).  “Women in Cages” is a collection of 12 notable Miami femme fatales, including Brooke Hogan, Katrina Campins, Ines Rivero, Ivette Naranjo, Tracy Mourning, Tara Solomon and more, all of whom went naked to raise awareness against animal cruelty. The exhibition will be on display at Cafeina in Wynwood from August 12, through September 10, 2011, and 80% of proceeds from the sale of art will benefit exhibition go to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

How do you come up with the concept behind the shoot?

I picked up my dog’s cage and thought, if he has to go in there, so do the people in this project. It’s not too deep, and maybe pretty simplistic, but that’s just the way it went.

Who are your current artistic icons or muses?

Peter Griffin from Family Guy. He is the man.

Craziest shoot?

Honestly, most of my shoots are pretty crazy. Man, yea, every day is like a soap opera.

What is your all time favorite photograph?

I haven’t shot it yet, but I’m sure it’s coming.
Where you’ll find me on a Friday night at 9 p.m.?

Just getting home from the studio, not really getting ready to party, more like grabbing my dog Duke, and watching Family Guy in bed.

What do you do now, that you did not do 5 years ago?

Make wiser decisions, learn to say “no” easier, reject “free” work (an oxymoron), and would like to think that I am more relaxed in the ways that count, and more ambitious in the ways that only come 5 years later. The rest is pretty similar.

If you could have lunch with anyone who is famous who would it be?

The future me. I’d ask myself, how did you/I do it.

If not a photographer you would have been?

I’ve been around art and photography for so long that I really have no idea. I think I would be happy doing pretty much anything that I really “got into.” As long as my heart is in it, and I have good people around me, I can be happy doing pretty much anything, photography or otherwise.
Something new that you have just discovered about yourself?

I realized recently that (at least to me) that the world is not as big as I thought it was. It really is pretty small. It just looks a whole lot different, and weather can get hotter. People can become more or less tolerable to each-other depending on the region, but that really, it’s not that big a place. Also, that I really do love the culture, people, and freedoms of the United States a lot more than I ever used to think about.

What are your guilty pleasures?

Hey, I’d tell ya, but then I’d have to kill ya (kidding).
One luxury that you cannot live without?

An iDevice of some sort. Yea yea, I know, I’ve become an “applehololic” too. What more could you want though, really: a phone, a camera, the internet …

Three Words to describe you?

Soulful, fun, emotional.

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