I haven’t introduced myself on here for a while so I thought I’d do that again. A big warm hello to all of you! My name is Jesseca and I’m the woman behind the camera. Read on to learn more about how I became a Boudoir, Beauty and Headshot Photographer.
1. Most people don’t know this, but I actually got started as a Photographer because my first business needed quarterly product photography. As an artist and DIYer at heart, I knew I could teach myself the skill. I quickly fell in love with photography because it made it possible for me to expand my creativity, and I knew right away that it’s what I wanted to pursue professionally. It took over a decade of hard work and dedication to become the Photographer that I wanted to be and to grow my business into what it is today.
2. My first business, The Modern Baby Co., was a modern baby bedding and apparel company that started as a hobby to help keep me sane while learning how to be a Mother to my first child. This little hobby eventually grew into a full product line that was available in online and brick and mortar stores across the country and abroad as well as featured in national parenting and pregnancy magazines and blogs. That was a pretty crazy adventure, I have to admit.
3. In the midst of growing The Modern Baby Co., trying to keep up with two toddler boys and teaching myself how to use a camera, work with light and subject matter, I became pregnant with our third child. It was at that point…somewhere between trying to keep it all together and feeling like it was all coming apart, that I decided I had to let something go. So I said bye bye to the bedding and moved forward with photography and Motherhood.
4. Because I was photographing babies for my apparel line, I easily moved into working with families and children in the beginning of my career. I truly enjoyed these early years as I met so many wonderful people and because I did not yet have a studio, I worked in various beautiful locations creating magical outdoor imagery.
5. After working with families for a couple of years, building a solid portfolio and more importantly, feeling comfortable working so closely with people, I began feeling that I wanted to move deeper with my work; to create more of an impact on the people I was photographing. Cliche, I know, but true. Shortly after this desire arose I rented studio space downtown, began photographing female portraiture, and never turned back. I’ll still take on an occasional family or product shoot, but Boudoir and Beauty photography definitely have my heart.
I truly believe I have the best job in the world and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Working with people who value the hard work I not only put into my photography, but into the experience of being photographed, is incredibly rewarding.
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