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A Day In The Life Of Jessy Menchaca – An iPhone Photographer Bundled With Talent And Passion

Welcome to our very exciting new column on theappwhisperer.com. This section entitled ‘A day in the life of …’ and this is where we’ll be taking a look at some hugely influential, interesting and accomplished individuals in the mobile photography world. People that we think you will love to learn more about 😉

This is our forty seventh installment of the series, you can read the others here, if you have missed them so far. Today, we are featuring Jessy Menchaca. Born and raised in Del Rio Texas, Jessy was one of three children and the only girl, consequently she grew up liking wrestling and soccer. Her brothers in turn, grew up knowing more than they should about designers and hair products 😉 Jessy moved to Odessa in 2010 to work for AT&T and discovered iPhone photography thanks to Aaron Heiner, who recruited her to his Facebook group ‘Street Expose’. At that time Jessy was hooked on her Crackberry and her supervisor Wendy had to force her into using an iPhone – hard to believe now!

Jessy loves to photograph sunsets, people in the streets, her heels, her best friends Ameilia’s lips and street art – aka graffiti. Jessy is great, she talks to her mother twice a day and eats at least two meals a day with her boyfriend Morris. Above all, Jessy is happy with her life right now and always looks forward to waking up tomorrow.

Read more about Jessy in our exclusive interview below…

Each image is titled with the apps used to create it in sequential order. You can find all the links the the apps mentioned at the end of this article.

(If you would like to be interviewed for our new ‘A day in the life of …’ section, just send an email to [email protected], and we’ll get it set up).


First Things First…


© Jessy Menchaca – “Sad Bunny in Vegas” – App Used – Hipstamatic


JC – Let’s start at the beginning of the day, how does your day start?

JM – My first alarm goes off at 7am, and I usually snooze it a couple times. I get up, make myself some coffee, and get ready for work.

Magic Hour…


© Jessy Menchaca – “Killin’ them with his shoe game” – Apps used – Hipstamatic


JC – Do you like to head out and take photographs early on?

JM – I usually don’t take pictures till I’m on my way to work, or after work. If I see something that I most definitely MUST take a shot of, I’ll turn around and capture it. If I don’t do it, it will be on my mind all day long.

Photographer vs Mobile Photographer…


© Jessy Menchaca – “Morris and the Los Angeles Local” – App used – Hipstamatic


JC – How did the transition from traditional photographer to iPhoneographer develop? (pardon the pun).

JM – There was really no transition. I was never passionate about photography until I was issued an iPhone 3Gs at work. I scrolled through my News Feed on Facebook and saw a picture that one of my friends had taken with Hipstamatic. I searched for it on Facebook, then scrolled through the page and saw an amazing picture taken by Flemming Schmidt and I automatically downloaded the app. I took a pic of the shadow of my heels and I was hooked.

New Apps…


© Jessy Menchaca – “Young Love” – App used – Hipstamatic


JC – Do you like to download new iPhoneography apps regularly?

JM – Not really. I am happy with the ones I currently have.



© Jessy Menchaca – “Sunset Love” – App used – Hipstamatic


JC – How often do you update your existing apps?

JM – I’ll confess I am quite horrible. Unless it’s an important app, like Hipstamatic, or Scratchcam.

Location, Location, Location…


© Jessy Menchaca – “Beautiful Oceanside” – App used – Hipstamatic


JC – Where’s your favorite place in the world for a shoot?

JM – I loved shooting at the Observatory in L.A., the sunsets there are the most beautiful I have ever seen. I enjoyed shooting people in Las Vegas and anything and everything in New York!

Tools Of The Trade…


© Jessy Menchaca – “Under the Pier” – App used – Hipstamatic


JC – Do you also use iPhone photography tool apps, such as The Photographer’s Ephemeris and if so do you use it to plan your shoots?

JM – I don’t. I like to learn as I go, and I also like to learn from people in my various groups, like Cara Gallardo, Roger Clay, Clay Butch Benskin.



© Jessy Menchaca – “After Ruby’s” – App used – Hipstamatic


JC – Where do you like to upload your photographs? Flickr, Instagram?

JM – I upload almost on a daily basis on Facebook, EyeEm, and Instagram.

Favorite Apps…


© Jessy Menchaca – “Fishing on the Pier” – App used – Hipstamatic


JC – What are your favorite, at the moment, iPhoneography apps?

JM – Hipstamatic, Scratchcam and Blender.



© Jessy Menchaca – “The Flowers He Sent” – Apps used – Native Camera, Juxtaposer, Blender, Scratchcam


JC – Do you take photographs with your iPhone everyday?

JM – I try to. Sometimes, when I feel uninspired, my boyfriend Morris allows me to take pictures of him. I’d say he’s my muse.

Favorite Subjects…


© Jessy Menchaca – “Invitation” – Apps used – Native Camera, ColorSplash, Iris


JC – What are your favorite subjects?

JM – Some of my favorite subjects are street photography, and portraits. If ever I see an interesting piece of street art, it’s a must to turn around and snap a shot.

Top Five Tips…


© Jessy Menchaca – “Blinded” – Apps used – Native Camera, ColorSplash, Labelbox, Scratchcam


JC – What are your top five tips for iPhone photography?

JM – When shooting people in the street, aim your iPhone, shoot and keep walking.

  1. Have no regrets. If you like something, shoot it.
  2. When you’re feeling like you’re out of material, revisit your shots. I always find something. (Roger Clay taught me that)
  3. Back up your iPhone so that in case anything happens, you don’t lose your pictures.
  4. Join iPhoneography groups on Facebook or other social networks. Seeing other people’s work is always inspiring.



© Jessy Menchaca – “Sunflowers have seen better days” – Apps used – Native Camera, BlurFX, Scratchcam


JC – How did the teaching side come along?

JM – I really haven’t taught anybody how to app up a photo. I do though, tell everybody about Hipstamatic and my favorite combos.



© Jessy Menchaca – “Victim to the Thatcher Effect” – Apps used – Native Camera, Juxtaposer, Iris, Pixlromatic


JC – Do you edit images on your iPhone or do you prefer to do that on a desktop/laptop?

JM – I edit only on my iPhone.



© Jessy Menchaca – “Cabaret” – Apps used – Native Camera, Decim8, ColorSplash, Pixlromatic


JC – Do you enjoy videography with your iPhone?

JM – The only times I use my video camera is when I record my niece, or Morris being silly. I never use it for artistic purposes.

The Future Of Mobile Photography…


© Jessy Menchaca – “Anxiety” – Apps used – Native Camera, SlowShutter, Pixlromatic


JC – Where do you see the future of iPhone photography?

JM – People will have no choice but to accept iPhoneography. I think it’s a movement that is here to stay.



© Jessy Menchaca – “The Woman who wore the sinful red lipstick” – Apps used – Hipstamatic, Juxtaposer, Iris


JC – What do you think is the most popular area of iPhone photography?

JM – Street photography is what I consider to be the most popular area. It is easy to sneak a shot in almost any occasion. I mean, Cara Gallardo was able to sneak a picture of Prince Charles!! lol

Where In The World…?


© Jessy Menchaca – “At the Observatory” – App used – Hipstamatic


JC – Do you think it’s country specific, are some nations more clued up?

JM – It’s definitely a global movement and one that I really enjoy. It makes me NEED to travel in order to capture beauty all over the place.

iPhone 5…


© Jessy Menchaca – “When the Fair Came to Town” – App used – Hipstamatic


JC – What do you hope for in the iPhone 5?

JM – I really hope that the iPhone 5 has a higher resolution for the front facing camera. Self portraits are a BIG deal to me.



© Jessy Menchaca – “Night Trade”- Apps used – Hipstamatic, ColorSplash, Pixlromatic


JC – What do you think of Joanne and theappwhisperer.com?

JM – I think Joanne is amazing. I admire her dedication. I am her fan.

JC – Thank you Jessy, the feeling is completely mutual.

Links To All Apps Used And Mentioned In This Article…


© Jessy Menchaca – “He Gives Me Butterflies” – Apps used – Native Camera, Juxtaposer, Pixlromatic

Image Blender
Iris Photo Suite
Slow Shutter

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