We had the good fortune of connecting with Jan Angeline Parayno and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jan Angeline, why did you pursue a creative career?
Growing up, I’ve always been interested in photography, filming, and editing. I started with a point-and-shoot at the age of 11. I would make videos and skits for our family with my cousins in the Philippines. When I moved to the US, I got myself my first DSLR camera. I started doing photography as a hobby, which later developed into a side gig. Pursuing a photography business for me does not feel like work. I always find it fun and rewarding. I love how my photos help other people preserve their special moments.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
When I moved from the Philippines, I did not know anyone from Houston. I started asking my relatives and college friends to model because I needed to build my portfolio. I started offering free sessions, and I joined TFP groups on Facebook to network as much as I can. Thankfully, I met amazing people while I was working in a retail store as a camera expert. I started doing Influencer Photography during the pandemic in March of 2020. Since then, Jan Angeline Creatives have gained exposure on Instagram and referrals.
Being an immigrant has its challenges. It was difficult to network and get my name out to the public. It is also a very competitive market and other creatives have been in the industry for a while. I was also working multiple jobs while going to school full time. I go to school on my off days while I do photography sessions before or after work. Jan Angeline Creatives became the place to go for women especially BIPOC. They are comfortable working with me because of my background and welcoming attitude. I learned to value every session and client that I do. It creates a domino effect for the community and the business.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Houston is definitely a foodie spot. We might not have a lot of places to see but we sure do have a lot of places to eat!
Nelson Water Gardens & Nursery
Katy Asian Town
Gong Cha / Teatop / YumCha
Texas Renaissance Festival
Houston Butterfly Museum
Ramen Tatsu Ya/ Gen BBQ House
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I dedicate this shoutout to all the Houston Infuencers who are there for me from the very start! If it wasn’t for them, I would not be in the position I am today. Thank you to @Rie_Defined, @Millenialmommyboss, @stylewithtiffanyd_, @stacyherterlockett, and @myrieliving.