I shot my first 8-hour long wedding while being seven months pregnant. My client never noticed until she offered me a drink and I kindly declined while rubbing my stomach. She was shock and happy at the same time.
Jennifer, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
My mom always had a camera with her no matter where we were. She called it her "Amex", she didn't go anywhere without it. She has photo albums lining the way that perfectly captures the timeline of our lives. And then, over the years, I followed in her, and it became my passion too. My mom was the one that encourages me to do photography on my own and open a business. My mom and dad bought me my first camera equipment when I got my business started.
Who is your inspiration in life Jennifer? How do you keep inspired?
There are two wedding photographers that I have became good friends with, One shot mine and my brother's wedding, and they both help inspire me to keep going and not to be afraid to step out of my comfort zone. I bounce ideas off them and constantly share new images just so that I can get there feedback.
We all make mistakes Jennifer; 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.
I wish I didn't overreact when I saw someone take my images without paying for it. In the end, it's not worth the hassle.
Jennifer, 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 prioritising your clients’ needs?
I constantly keep in contact with my clients. I like to have everything on paper so I can always refer back to it. And then everything is pencilled into my Erin Condren Life Planner; it's the best way for me to keep up with dates and reminders.
Please tell us, Jennifer, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
Within the first year of starting my new business, I set goals to have a certain number of new clients and plenty of new pictures for my portfolio. For a while, it was hard to get clients and actually to get my business off the ground. However, after advertising anywhere and everywhere and offering free sessions, I was able to build a business I am proud of.
Jennifer, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
Locations and times of the day are crucial for a perfect session. It took a lot of convincing to get a new mom to change the time of her session. She originally wanted a session around noon, and that's fine until I learned that's the same time her little one takes a nap. She kept saying it's fine they can sleep before or after, I just knew that wasn't going to be the best option. After many phone calls and explaining it, I finally got her to move her session time. In the end, her session turned out amazing.
Jennifer, 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?
Proudest moment was when the venue blogger contacted me and told me she loved the way I captured a wedding she wanted to feature me and my images in the community blog. This was the first time anyone recognised my work publicly like this.
Jennifer, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Recently I was apart of a style shoot. It was a shoot set up to showcase different wedding vendors. During the session, I was able to create images I normally wouldn't have time to create. There was so much I wanted to do and play with, I didn't have enough time to get it all done. But the results from what I did get it to breathe taking.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Don't give up, if you don't like a shot, take it again.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I love to work with local wedding vendors that are just trying to get started. I love showcasing their talent and sharing it with the world.
Photographer: Jennifer Wax of JL Glamour Florist:Vella Nest Florist Venue: The Grand Ivorycake: Sugar Bee Sweetshair: Styling by Maceymakeup: Southern Veil'sfurniture: Big D Party Rentalswedding gown: Elizabeth Lee BridalCalligrapher: Simply Flourish Event Planner: Elle and CatieModels: Madeleine, Libby & Mike