My name is Amy, and I am a full-time mom and photographer who recently left nine years in the corporate world to pursue my passion, photography.
I am a small town girl originally from Northern California. I began photographing the world around me at age 16 and went on to study film photography in Community College in my hometown. I upgraded to digital in 2009 and full format photos in 2012 when I officially began my photography business. One thing that sets me apart from other photographers is that I still occasionally shoot a medium format camera. It was what I initially fell in love with, and I still love the look that only film can provide.
A couple of other things I am into besides capturing your special moments is running (I know, who likes running, right?!), my succulent garden, my two Chihuahuas, LaCroix sparkling water, rap music, and Mexican food. I also continue to learn and work hard at my craft by educating and pushing myself creatively every day.
y clients become like family to me. I aim to provide a comfortable environment for my clients and models that I work with. I shoot anything and everything, weddings, families, newborns, maternity, models, head shots, in the studio and outdoors. My passion for photography is expansive and does not discriminate. I love it all!
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Our readers would love to get to know you more Amy. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I don't feel super unique. I guess I set pretty high goals for myself and failure is not an option. I have fun 14 or so half marathons because I love setting a goal and meeting it. Running allows me to do that.
Amy, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
My first camera came to me from my dad who was a police detective and also an avid collector. He pulled some old crime scene film Minolta's out of the dumpster and brought them home. He taught me how to load a roll and how to expose, and I took my first few shots around our home. I got the prints back, and I was in love. I still shoot film because I love old cameras!
My passion comes from wanting to hold moments in time. Every second we have here on earth is a precious gift, and we are constantly changing. Taking a photograph holds onto those moments a little longer, and sometimes are all we have to show for a life lived.
Who is your inspiration in life Amy? How do you keep inspired?
My son and my niece are huge inspirations for me. I hadn't shot a roll for a long time until my niece came into the picture back in 2008. Seeing those photos of her at only seven days old sparked my passion again, and it was the first few steps that brought me to where I am today. I feel the same about my son now because he changes so fast and I wanted to document every moment for him. I also want to provide that same gift to my clients, wherever they are in their life journey!
We all make mistakes Amy; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Wow. I can only think of a recent situation where I was taking shortcuts with my booking system, and I accidentally missed a session and the client called me wondering where I was! Oh man, that was so tough. I felt horrible. Luckily, I knew the mistake I made and can correct it, so hopefully, I don't do it again!
Amy, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
I don't feel that too much. I take lots of notes and genuinely try to get to know my clients, so it feels like building a relationship.
Please tell us, Amy, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
I am still learning this! I think during mini session season when I am handling 50+ clients and families in a very short period. Luckily, since I am taking the time to get to know them even if we only have 30 minutes together, it feels easier to remember their requests or things they say.
Amy, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I can't think of anything photography related.
Amy, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
Recently I received the Wedding Wire Couples Choice Award for 2018 which puts me in the top 5% of photographers in my area. I was super stoked off of receiving that. I always looked up to photographers who had that badge, and it made me feel like I had made it in the wedding world!
Amy, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Working in the studio is when I feel most creative because I have full control. I hate feeling pressured with time when I am in the studio because I still rent space and I am paying hourly, and out of pocket it adds up fast. I look forward to the day when I might be able to have my studio space and get crazy!
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?*
Tenacity. Never stop growing, pushing yourself, learning, and believing in yourself.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Sure. I am down for anything!
Amy M Jasperson with AmyCapturesLove.com