Well, its been a LONG while since my last post; busy year I suppose and its just going to get busier. Since last fall’s family portrait sessions and especially last year’s RAW experience, I’d hoped to start gaining a longer list of clientele and  while customers aren’t exactly beating down my door, I’m content (read: happy) to see a slow but steady rise with my workload. I’ve been asked to shoot a family session on a sailboat, a boudoir session (can’t wait for that one!) and a couple of weddings in the coming months, beautiful brides whom I’m excited to be able to work with (samples of their engagement sessions coming soon…!). I’m really looking forward to shooting their bridals! I just love seeing a woman’s nervous excitement and the confidence that every bride exudes on her special day and since every bride is absolutely beautiful, shining from the inside out, I’m sure to get some great shots of both the brides exclusively and on their big day! Its a delight to be able to capture the details that brides, their families and the occasional groom, have spent so much time and energy to get just right and I’m honored to have been chosen to record forever the results of all their hard work and effort.

Looking forward to October, you gorgeous ladies!

Here’s to great shots, beautiful wedding weather and exquisite brides!

Jessie

Fall Portraits

        

Just finished the last of the fall portrait editing and I feel pretty good about the work. Christmas and winter portraiture is a little slower, but just as much fun! All colors really pop against a backdrop of snow, and hats and scarves can be so relaxed! You can really get creative! I’m hoping to dig in and start familiarizing myself with PhotoShop in the coming days, weeks, months, and try my hand at a few concept shots I’ve had in my head. My goal is to create images comparable to those of my friend Stuart Hackworth of Hackworth Photography (http://www.facebook.com/HachworthPhotography), an absolute GENIUS when it comes to creating beautiful and interesting images! He’s set a standard that I can only hope I’m able to meet!

Here’s to snowy portraits, lofty goals and no more limitations!

Jessie

Well, it’s autumn, one of the busiest times of the year for photographers. There’s a rush for the mountains, the vivid and changing color being the photographic equivalent of a gold strike for family portraiture. I see this every year and it still never ceases to amaze and take my breath away! Blazing oranges, flaming reds, yellows that you would swear still glow after the sun has set! The mountainside seems to be caught in a perpetual fire where the air is crisp, clean and redolent with the smells of cedar, pine and earth. Ahh, I love the fall and how quickly the resplendent color fades to brown, dulling the landscape and preparing the way for glistening snow.

Over the weekend, I myself had a family shoot, my good friend Shamber and her delightful family, with three more scheduled this week and Saturday and I was also able to shoot my first concert, Royal Bliss, albeit unofficially. I loved the concert but will need different lenses if I start shooting those events more frequently. I was thrilled to be able to watch them perform! I’ve been a fan for a long time!

Anyway, here’s to the beauty of autumn, family getting together under any circumstances, good music and great friends!

Jessie

Back to normal…

Well, the show was a success and I survived it! There was good music, fashion shows and art everywhere! My family and friends rallied around me that night, showering me with praise and it was wonderful! I met talented artists of all mediums, handed out countless business cards and hopefully gained a few new clients! While I didn’t sell any of my pieces, I have exposed my vision, my heart and soul that is my art to the community and put myself out there. Honestly, the whole adventure felt fantastic and I have to give special thanks to my dad for helping; I never would have gotten my display stands done if it weren’t for him. Thanks Dad!

Here’s to future successful ventures!

Jessie

The show is looming closer!

Well, the prints are done, frames are being gathered, matting is being cut, and display stands are being built, this must mean I’m getting ready for Saturday’s show! There’s been so much going on and so much yet to do that it seems crazy to have spent the last weekend in Dutch John near Flaming Gorge, but I’m glad I did. I was able to recharge and clear my head before surging forward with my plans for this coming weekend and I feel almost ready to take anything on! That doesn’t mean I won’t be in a panic the day of the big event, but for now I’m feeling pretty good about things. All I have left to do is to put it all together, find a dress (the hardest part), show up and be fabulously brilliant! 

Here’s to not embarrassing myself!

Jessie

RAW walk-through

Tonight I have the RAW walk-through and video interview for the upcoming show and I have to admit, I’m incredibly nervous. I’ve always had trouble being on the other side of a camera, ANY camera. I’m incredibly shy, easily embarrassed and always afraid I’m going to make a colossal fool of myself. Luckily, I have advanced knowledge of the questions I’ll be asked so I can plan out my responses but I’ll be sweating this until its over and done with. The interviews are intended to help the showcased artists further their exposure and reach more potential clients and for that I’m grateful. Those few minutes of torture will hopefully pay off in that I have something I can use to market my skills which, for me, goes to show that in every cloud lies a silver lining.

Here’s to inner calm and not throwing up on camera!

Jessie

Pricing and credit card readers and printing sites… oh my!

I have to say that, for myself at least, the most difficult part of setting up my own photography business is deciding on prices. You can research dozens upon dozens of fellow photographers, each different from another, and STILL find yourself lost when it comes to putting pen to paper and cementing what a fair price tag should read! “Am I worth charging this much for a maternity session?”… “Is that enough for a wedding? They’re a ton of work!”… etc. Then, once you’ve chewed up all the pencil erasers and pen caps in the house in frustration and littered your entire living room with crumpled up/discarded lists and scribbled out descriptions, you have to figure out HOW you’re going to take payment! Lucky for me my dad loves me. He’s been researching credit card readers that I can operate with my phone. Hopefully, once I agonize over the decision of which online photo sharing and printing site to join, the credit card reader can be linked into said online printing account. I sincerely envy those photographers who have already undergone this same anguish and have themselves comfortably set up. Maybe finding another pen cap or eraser will do the trick.  :o)

Here’s to pulling it all together!

Jessie

RAW showcase

In July I was invited to be one of a few selected featured artists for RAW Artists. New to the Salt Lake area, they’re being received by the art community with open arms and I’ll be an official emerging part of the RAW fold on September 22! I have SO much to do by then, but the hard work will definitely be worth it! I’m excited and honored that they both found and invited me to join, especially since the artists they associate with are ridiculously talented! I’m scared to death and have the sneaking suspicion that I’m in WAY over my head but know deep down that this will be a good thing both personally and for my artistic expression. After my September showcase, I’ll have the green light to show all over the country! This is an AMAZING opportunity for me and I hope I can live up to their standards but mostly I hope I can live up to my own!

http://www.rawartists.org/jsphotography

 

Here’s to being a nervous (but happy) wreck!

Jessie

 

 

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