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Monique Jones Is The Self Portrait Queen

We asked the talented photographer and model about her inspiration, the biggest challenges of the industry, and how she approaches creativity.

Self Portrait of Monique Jones, black and white
Photo: Monique Jones

Your work is amazing! What drove you to create portraits with these unique concepts in the first place?

Thank you, I really appreciate that! I’ve always had a huge passion for self-portraits since I was 13 years old. I joined Instagram for the first time around 2013 and I was immediately infatuated by the photography and artwork on the app. Since then, my love for self-portraits just continued to grow and I started getting more creative as time went on. Once I got into high school, I realized that I had a strong passion for film and figured that I could turn my self-portraits into somewhat of a film portfolio. Which explains my cinematic shots, characters, and long slides. I want every post to feel like it could be in a movie or looks like a story, and now here we are today.

What is your biggest source of inspiration? And when that source is not available or you face a creative block, how do you approach that?

My biggest source of inspiration usually comes from the top of my head or from Pinterest. I tend to look for more vintage and unique photos. But I mainly look for things that look fun to do. I really enjoy doing my job and I like every shoot to come with a challenge. I am faced with creative blocks every now and then, but I don’t put a lot of pressure on myself to create because I want to work when I feel inspired to do so, not just to keep followers. However, it does mean a lot to me that I keep my viewers interested/inspired so that also inspires me and helps me get out of my rut.

How would you define your work in terms of aesthetics and style?

It’s hard to put my work into one aesthetic because I have such a variety. But overall, I would say I have a vintage, neon, drama aesthetic. I gravitate towards my neon lights a lot and I tend to look at more vintage things for Inspiration.

Monique Jones photo
Photo: Monique Jones

When it comes to your creative process, what do you enjoy doing most and what aspects represent the biggest challenge?

When it comes to my creative process, I’d say that getting ready or “in character” is the part I enjoy the most. Something about the challenge it takes to transform m