Hey there and welcome to my website! My name is Jan Galvan, I am a Digital and Film Photographer based in Maryland, USA. I was born and raised in the Philippines but I eventually moved permanently to the United States in 2011. Although I currently live in Maryland, I often do photography work in Washington, D.C., and Virginia as well.
Like a lot of people, photography started out as a hobby for me. At the onset, I did a lot of landscape and street photography, primarily because I’m a nature lover and a sucker for urban design, but also because it did not involve interacting with people. I was very awkward and reclusive, at first, and I liked the solitude that landscape and street photography offered. Then one day, I decided to come out of my shell and try doing portraits and I completely fell in love. Something about the process of capturing a person’s raw emotion in the moment really captivated me. Plus, I found that I really enjoy the process of conceptualizing and composing my photos and ensuring that all the elements, from the location and lighting, to the model's outfit, pose and expression, coincide to create the perfect shot.
Don’t be fooled, though, I still am quite awkward and still a work in progress in terms of interacting with people but I’m getting better, I must say!
I eventually ventured into Wedding Photography and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it, too. Every time I get to cover a wedding, I truly feel honored to be a part of such an intimate occasion. It is during weddings that I get to witness and capture the gleam in people’s eyes as they celebrate one of the happiest days of their lives. It gives a peculiar kind of joy that I can’t easily shake off. Plus, what I love the most is seeing the couple and their family’s reactions when I present the photos I took of them as I can almost picture them reliving the moment in the years to come.
If you would like to see some of the photos that I have taken through the years, please feel free to explore my website! I would greatly appreciate it. If you have any feedback, questions, or if you like my work and feel like doing something creative, don’t hesitate to shoot me a message! I’d love to hear from you.
Kelly and Prabal
Jan was an amazing person to work with! He worked with us for our engagement shoot and for our wedding. He was always easy to talk to, not overbearing and very flexible with the photos we wanted to take.
He also showed up earlier to scout out the location both time before the shoot and the photos were amazing! And quick turn around too!!