Inaiya Giles is a black female commercial and fine-art photographer with over six years of experience. She was born and hails from the vibrant landscapes of Southern California— amidst the contrasting worlds of urban sprawl and natural beauty— her lens captures the raw essence of life in its most unfiltered form. 

Growing up in the shadow of Los Angeles’ glamour, Inaiya found herself drawn to the authenticity that often eluded the glitz and artifice of the entertainment industry. Her journey as a photographer began with a desire to reveal the genuine moments that define humanity. 

Candid photography became her chosen medium, allowing her to freeze fleeting moments in time— something her generation has become performative of, but rarely brings to physicality the way Inaiya does. Her work is a testament to her deep connection with the natural world and our relationships to this and ourselves. From the rugged cliffs of the Pacific coastline to raw portraits that highlight individuality, she finds inspiration in the organic shapes and textures that surround her. Her images are imbued with a sense of intimacy and vulnerability, inviting viewers to see the world through her unfiltered gaze.

In a society obsessed with image and spectacle, Inaiya Giles stands as a quiet rebel, challenging conventions and reshaping perceptions through her art. With each photograph, she invites us to embrace the messy, unpredictable beauty of life and to find solace in the truth that lies beyond the facade. 

Inaiya holds a BFA in Studio Art with a focus in photography from San Jose State .

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