Jana has been creating award-winning photography for over 30 years. She is a Master Photographer in the California Bay Area with a focus on contemporary portraiture, headshots, and performing arts imagery.
She fell in love with fashion photography at a young age, and apprenticed with several fashion photographers in New York City when she was young.
Today she is thrilled to offer a style of contemporary fashion-inspired portraiture that gives her clients the experience of participating in, and owning, images of themselves that are magazine quality – helping them to feel beautiful, empowered, and brimming with a sense of self-value. Jana's portrait sessions are designed to celebrate everything about who you are on the inside as well as the outside.
"BEAUTIFUL IMAGERY CAN ABSOLUTELY CHANGE THE WAY YOU FEEL ABOUT YOURSELF.
I INVITE YOU TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED AND DISCOVER
YOUR BEAUTY AND STRENGTH, JUST WAITING TO BE RELEASED."."
– Jana Marcus
More about Jana's Background...
Jana started her career as a documentary photographer and received many prestigious awards including UC Berkeley Center for Photography’s International Photojournalism Award for her series After Midnight: Youth Subcultures of New York City, Best Photos of the Year in 2004 and 2005 by Photo District News of New York, and she was named one of "50 Exceptional International Photographers" by Exposure of New York in 2012. Her latest book Transfigurations received the "Best LGBT Non-Fiction Book of 2012" by the Independent Publishers Book Awards of New York.
Jana has also had a stellar career as an arts marketer, graphic designer, writer, educator – and once upon a time – a pianist. Her photography has been exhibited across the United States and extensively published in newspapers and magazines.
Jana’s first book, In The Shadow of the Vampire: Reflections From The World Of Anne Rice, was published by Thunder’s Mouth Press of New York. Her first non-fiction narrative book, Line of Blood, which documents how she solved two cold cases in her family history, was published in 2020.
Jana received her MFA in Photography from San Jose State University, a BA in Community Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and studied photography at The School Of Visual Arts in New York City.