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Rising Stars: Meet Jill Fannon

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jill Fannon.

Hi Jill, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Hi! My name is Jill Fannon Prevas, and I am a Baltimore- based photographer that specializes in people. I am inspired by what others are driven to accomplish and how they do it. Stories of failure, dedication, focus, and growth, can be found in any person, community and organization.

My journey to working for myself began with leaps into trying things I was afraid to do and often failing. Being gifted the opportunity to do them, however, and adapting creates growth and the Baltimore community and the connection it provides is so supportive. Framing the world around us provides agency, and I began by sharing this idea by teaching children photography.

Today, I strive to create portraits that are steeped in authentic energy and storytelling and highlight the unique sense of wonder, passion and drive that small business owners and individuals have developed. Another goal I have is to make pictures that feel as explosive as the Baltimore Ravens Cheerleader’s performances or as curious as to the programming BMore Art, Walters Art Museum, and Center Stage produces. I hope to set joy and awe forward in my photography practice, and more importantly, to see and hear those around me.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Developing confidence in my practice has definitely taken time. I think the consistency of repetition and experience has helped me gain traction, and learning to push through the challenges or even to push closer to a subject has been beneficial. Planning ahead of time, using the right equipment for what you want to achieve, asking questions, doing research- it has all helped with growth and providing a calm atmosphere. I always get nervous and think that is part of the fun. I have also been so thankful to make friends within the thriving community of photographers and artists around me, and I learn so much from them and feel so inspired by all the things people are doing and creating. Getting used to rejection and believing that we all have a world to share go hand in hand.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I have two children that are completely themselves always, and I am most proud to be their mom and to be so close to their growth. They are strong, and vulnerable and messy and beautiful and lose teeth and sleep easily in the sun and I feel like I have to be a better person for them, and I want to rise to them and contribute to making a more just world. I can do more, and I want to align with organizations that strive for justice, provide support and amplify the stories of people who strive for this too.

Who else deserves credit in your story?
I am humbled and grateful and thankful to the people in my life and their continued investment in me. My family, friends, and peers, and especially my dear Nick Prevas, he is a gem. I have found huge support through The Baltimore Ravens organization, BMore Art, Walters Art Museum, Filecards Inc., Made in Baltimore Program, United Way, The Baltimore Jewelry Center, UMBC, the individuals who have let me photograph them and their families and weddings- I would name the people I love so much directly but don’t want to put them on blast hah! Thank you truly for the opportunities you all!

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