#HowIMadeIt 2017

Brittany Daigle, Photographer

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A portrait of photographer Brittany Daigle

Brittany Daigle; Toronto; @janeandjane_

Let’s say we’ve just met at a cocktail party. How would you describe, in a nutshell, what you do?

My twin sister Brianne and I are fashion and portraiture photographers. We shoot under the name ‘Jane and Jane.’

Where did you go to school and what did you study?

We both attended Sheridan College but for different programs. Brianne went for photography and Brittany went for cosmetics.

What was your first paying gig out of school? (In your field, or not.)

Our first paying gig out of school was actually photographing a Christmas gala. We were lucky to do that gig for a couple of years and it helped us pay for some of the equipment we bought when we first started out.

What was your BIG break? How did you land it?

Our first big break was being asked to photograph Michelle Monaghan for Rhapsody magazine. Our agent at the time was approached by the magazine and everything came together after that.

Describe the moment in which you first realized, I think this is actually going to work out?

To be perfectly honest, we are still asking ourselves if this is going to work out, but we think that’s the mind of a freelancer. Freelancing keeps you moving forward and towards growth, otherwise you can get comfortable and in this industry, nothing is a guarantee.

What would you say has been your biggest failure or shortcoming, career-wise, to date? How did you bounce back?

Not having a proper plan when on set, and not having a chance to pre-light or test out shots. It’s something that took us a bit to learn, but now we have our go-to [plan] for lighting and always do a test run if possible!

Name one piece of career advice you always give.

Don’t compromise on yourself. A lot of the times when you are starting out, you try to copy and fit a mold of what is out there just to try to catch a break.

What’s the worst career advice you’ve ever gotten?

Quit now, the market is oversaturated.”

Did you deal with barriers in your field because you are a woman? If so, what were they?

We can’t say that we have personally at this time, but know it is something others have faced.

Are you making a fair income for your work? Why or why not? Do you have a side hustle for extra cash? If so, what is it?

This is a bit of a tricky question for sure! When we are approached for a job we have our base minimum that we will do any work for, and that allows us to make sure we are making a livable income. However, sometimes clients don’t want to spend a lot—if any—on a photographer, so they will then go on to find someone who will do the work for free. This can have seriously backlash for the entire photographic community as it sets the standard that our job has no value, or that we should work for basically nothing because someone else did.

What’s the worst stereotype you’ve heard about millennials at work?

We have heard so many stereotypes and each are the worst in their own ways, so it’s hard to pinpoint, but it comes down to general laziness.  It’s easy for the previous generation to pick out a few people they deem unworthy of the term “adult” and blow it out of proportion—and even easier with so many platforms to do it on.

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