Although Jordan McAfee studied business at Syracuse University he was also producing work that won the Light Work Community Award. He became an intern at the International Center of Photography and then went on to produce e-commerce photography sessions for Ralph Lauren. Disillusioned with commercial photography, he decided to pursue a career as a physician and went to Columbia University. While in medical school, he was so inspired by a course he took with photographer, Amy Arbus, that he left his studies to pursue art photography full-time. He has been collaborating with Shane, a drag performer, actor and friend, on a book project for the past ten years.