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Meet Aaron Nomad of Wandr Films in Jacksonville

Today we’d like to introduce you to Aaron Nomad.

Aaron, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’m currently based in Chicago but my story starts in my hometown Jacksonville, Florida. I first started taking photos in my freshman year of college. My father gave me a Fuji STX. This was my first introduction to film. From there, it was just me experimenting and exploring the medium. Overtime, learning how to grow as both a film and digital photographer. I would go on to photograph concerts, events, fashion and everything in between. I launched my company Wandr Films in 2016. Now, I primarily work with modeling agencies, test with new faces, and work with brands that reach out. My goal for 2020 is to expand into more documentary work. I plan to release a project in my hometown Jacksonville by late next year.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Honestly, the journey has been super smooth. The creative community has been very welcoming to me. A lot of the people I’ve met have been very helpful in my journey. Spent a lot of time networking at events and building my brand through word of mouth. Forever grateful for the open creative community in Florida as well as Chicago.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Wandr Films story. Tell us more about it.
I’m a fashion photographer as well as a documentary photographer. A lot for my work is inspired by the people I’m around. Fashion photography relies a lot on the wardrobe and clothing. I try to find different ways to let the wardrobe tell the story. I often work with a stylist so it’s definitely a collaborative effort. Making sure we’re on the same page is essential. When it comes to documenting subjects I try to approach it with a “fly on the wall” mindset. Stepping back and really just allowing myself to capture what’s happening. I tend to keep my words brief and allow the photographs to speak. Recently, I started an ongoing documentary interviewing small businesses in the south loop of Chicago. Arguably, my favorite project that I have worked on as well as my most well-received project to date.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I believe everything happens for a reason. I have been blessed with many opportunities. I think it comes down to not only having good work but being a genuine good person. Knowing when and how to offer value to other people is essential.

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Image Credit:
All photography by me. Various models including Julian Jamison, Andrea Camerino, Monica Rivera, Abstract Alana, Lena Jackson, and Grace Fly [In order].

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