Jaan was born and raised in Oldenburg, Germany. After moving to Hamburg in 1999, Jaan started his career working alongside the well-known photographer, Gabo. He later moved to New York where he began his first independent projects and where he developed an eye for beauty and fashion photography. In 2009, Jaan's relocation to Paris enabled him to establish numerous working relationships with clients in the editorial and commercial worlds in Europe.
He is currently based between Hamburg and South Africa.