Janice Quijano is an artist of many trades. Photographer, stylist, creative director, make-up artist, hair magician, this woman has no ends. After working with her on one of my first look book shoots for Krel Wear we immediately felt a connection and have collaborated on over 10 shoots since then. Her wide range of interests from high fashion editorials to ink girls and cars has allowed for her perspective towards a shoot to be out of the box. Janice incorporates colors and energy effortlessly into her work and has become well known for it. Her loyalty is uncanny and her willingness to learn is something that makes her a threat to other photographers out there.
How did you become interested in photography?
Working on set as a wardrobe stylist, or hair & make up artist and
always visualizing the final product. I would also catch certain
shots that were missed by the photographer that appeared interesting
to me… When I felt this to be consistent, and became more involved
in the development of a production, thats when I acknowledged I wanted
more out of this industry and turned to photography.
What type of camera do you use?
I don’t dislike the Canon I have respect
for the camera, but I shoot with a Nikon. I find that Nikon gives me
the resolution and color spectrum that I am searching for out of an
You have many talents, as a makeup artist, hair stylist, art
director, photographer…if you had to choose one as a favorite which
would it be and why?
Photography, I get to manipulate all areas of inspiration (model,
hair, makeup, wardrobe, direction). I also love being around other
creative’s and seeing how elements can come together to create a final
product (all egos aside).
What photographers do you look up to for inspiration?
1: Karl Lagerfeld, a master at many different crafts amongst a
world that notes you can only do one thing.
2. Nick Knight, interchangeable with style, mood and light, never the
same man twice.
3. Patrick Dermarchelier, the intensity of his photos, his
portraits are amazing.
4. Ellen von Unwerth, I love how she celebrates the natural essence
of a women through ‘sex’ appeal.
5. Andy Warhol, more so for not giving a ‘ ‘ and just being himself
and evolutionizing Pop Culture.
Your vision as an artist is very unique. You bring lots of color
and energy to your shoots that seem to be missing in a lot of the
commercial work you see in Miami. Is there a particular theme or
feeling you are trying to bring to your work or does it just happen by
No coincidence, as a wardrobe stylist I see color and texture and do
well with combining elements, so it was no surprise that I would have
embraced it behind the lens. Although I have shot commercial work
before, I felt that there was something missing it never felt
complete. So I stick with what emotionally feels right to me. Themes
just come to me as a vision of what I can do then the rest is
searching for the inspiration to make it happen, or I may get inspired
by a location or model.
You shoot many different things, ranging from cars, to inked girls
and high fashion editorials. How did this occur, and do you have a
Nope, no particular favorite they are all so different which allows
me to be more imaginative with subjects. Its like having no
stereotype. I also hope to someday shoot architectural building and
interior design. I have a fascination with design in general. All of
what I shoot is a reflection, a style of who I am, my thoughts, and my
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I want to be on several billboards, published in Numero magazine,
working on cool commercial projects such as BEBE, H&M, Aldo etc., and
on a larger scale campaigns for Anna Sui, Etro, Gucci, Burberry
London, Moschino. I would also like to educate and inspire young
talent. I feel most teachers are not as open and willing to expand
the minds and let go of rules and some traditional lessons.
If you were stranded on an island and could only bring 3 things what
would they be?
eeek! for some reason I always get lost with these questions… hmm
1. a yacht fully equipped
2. a cabana boy
3. and a hammock!
Photographer Janice Quijano
Stylist Ashley Garner
Models Sharlene Radlein and Adrienne Sanchez