Sometimes artists need a change of scenery, to see things differently. I love deep contrast and shadows, and have a certain affinity for seeing light. I was inspired to create some images while walking in NY yesterday after the big storm. The city, cold and quiet contrasted with the sunny sky and deep shadows.
Tensions were high as I followed around the women of the FREE THE NIPPLE Movement at the Costa Mesa Trump Rally on April 28th. It was truly a harsh realization how far we have come and how far we still have to go as women for equality in this modern time.
I recently had the pleasure of creating some wonderful images for LADYGUNN Magazine with talented actress Rutina Wesley! I loved her playful energy and the images we created undoubtedly show her spirit and beauty. -JANA
See the article HERE
story / Koko Ntuen
photos / Jana Cruder
styling /Joleen Garnett & Stacey Kalchman
makeup / Starylnn Burden
hair / Tallulah Holmes
Loved shooting Fred Armisen and Michaela Watkins for The Wrap's Emmy 2016 Issue!
It was an absolute joy working with Kiersey Clemons again! I shot her previously with the cast of DOPE for Essence Magazine and I look forward to our next creation.
It was such a great shoot working with actress Nia Vardalos and her wonderful daughter to creates this month's story for People, she had me cracking up. Looking forward to more creations with Nia.
It was truly wonderful to start this year off with a bank!!!! Photographing Malin and her son in her LA home for People Magazine.
Shot on Location in Las Vegas at the Venetian Hotel for SANDS Style Magazine
Photographer: Jana Cruder
Wardrobe Styling: Kimmy Erin / Hair/Makeup: Whitney Bansin / Talent / Alexandra Lorens with HMMLA& Jules Horn with 2MM
Fashion Editorial I recently shot for BELLO MAGAZINE.
"Thomas Wylde has marked its territory on the world of rock n’ roll chic in the past 10 years. Most recently counting Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lopez, Tori Kelly, Carrie Underwood and Heidi Klum as clients, clearly the minimal-meets-major vibe is working. With new Creative Director Jene Park at the helm, there’s no telling where this Wylde will go, other than up. Lush leather, heavy silks and layered furs are embroidered with subtly flashy yet demure crystals and charms, while bold marbled prints mix duchesse with chiffon walk that hard line of sexiness and edginess. Highlights of the Los Angeles-based collection are shot amongst the high-voltage power lines of its city, fitting for a label that’s bursting with energy and whose wearers inevitably become noticeably electric." -Stephane Marquet, Creative Director Bello Magazine
Photography: Jana Cruder www.janacruder.com
Retouching: Chiara Merico
Styling: Kimmy Erin Kertes www.kimmyerin.com
Makeup: Brittany Spyksma www.brittanyspyksma.com
Hair: Giovanna Avila
It was a blast creating these Cinemagraphs for ZIPCAR’s Summer Campaign and this project really pushed the boundaries of stills and motion for me.
This was truly an assignment that bridged the gap between motion and stills. I was recommended to the client by an internal art director who knew I did both stills and motion. The client wanted to do cinemagraphs. They called me and asked if I would be interested in their concept of getting out and experiencing the real world. A campaign geared toward getting people to go visit their screensavers and cultivate real offline connections with the help of Zipcar.
I hadn’t personally done cinemagraphs prior to that call but that afternoon I pulled out my 5dmk3 and shot a few tests, edited them in photoshop and sent them over to the client. With that confidence, I bid and got the assignment!
On set it was truly a meshing of mediums, I had my stills assistants, a DP and the editor there, and I directed and we shot and created the motion elements and still elements of each concept. It was a beautiful creative problem to solve and be thinking of on set and truly a meshing of all our expertise.
The client was impressed with how the project evolved and how the end product looked so true to what they were envisioning. We will be shooting again in the fall!
This was a fun super creative problem solving at its best, with how to light, capture and edit for the best results that matched my polish and aesthetic.
We shot on the Red Epic Dragon at 5K resolution (and I think at 100fps). We used Canon L series Photo lenses purposely because the plan was to shoot moving stills and we wanted to treat this like a stills shoot. To maintain as much sharpness as possible, we shot between 4.0 & 5.6 fstop.