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I am a lover of nature and light. I am confident that the universe has a consciousness. I believe that without the darkness, we would not know to cherish the light. Also, that beauty comes in various forms, and we were meant to be perfectly imperfect beings. As a side note, I am a huge animal lover. My sidekick is a massively goofy pit mix, and we're breaking misconceptions wherever we go.
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Our readers would love to get to know you more Jenny. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
Unique? Well, my love for hummingbirds isn't rivaled by many. Remember what I said about needing the darkness to cherish the light? These are words of experience. I've seen, rather I've felt, my fair share of darkness. From it I've created what I find to be beautiful, and pure; something I find bleeds into my work. This has also deepened my perspective into relishing the tiny moments, easily forgotten in the day today. Moments like the hummingbird that sips the sweet on a sunlit afternoon. Always remembering my hummingbird, whom I could never forget.
Jenny, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I aspire to inspire. I aspire to be me, and nothing more than me. To show the world what I find beautiful and often forgotten. I grew up on a small farm in Texas. A farm rich with life, and details. I fell in love with the beauty all around me, and how these fleeting moments could be captured.
Who is your inspiration in life Jenny? How do you keep inspired?
I am always exploring and adventure. Always soaking in the sun, and the world, and the breeze. I am inspired by those I surround myself with. The honest, authentic approach taken by fellow photographers, such as Freddy Camargo. People I have never met, but always enjoyed. My mother, who is my sunflower, always following the sun. My father; my hummingbird.
We all make mistakes Jenny, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Photographer, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I was speaking with a second shooter in contact with a wedding. My client was back and forth with what she wanted and had yet to sign a contract. When she adventured elsewhere a week before the wedding, my second shooter and I were left high and dry. This instilled something new in me, and now contracts are key to keep this from happening again. What I thought was my kindness became a double-edged sword.
Jenny, 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?
Quite honestly, this is a thing I fear. I feel every client should be treated just as another would. That they all deserve the same respect, and effort. Because of this, I only accept a certain number of clients per month, and per year.
Please tell us, Jenny, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
Balancing same day sessions requires planning. Extensive planning.
Jenny, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
Many times a client does not understand and therefore do not value the investment that I provide. By explaining that my prices are not arbitrary, and rather are an inclusion of my costs and efforts, they are often persuaded to see with their eyes rather than their wallets.
Jenny, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
I had the opportunity to do a boudoir session some years back that left my client in absolute awe. I was newer to this genre at the time. Her boyfriend was so in love with it he got a tattoo of one of the images. More than the surface excitement, I was insanely proud that I could show her inner beauty in such a way that she could see it in a photograph.
Jenny, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I love flexing my creativity in my craft. While sometimes challenging to bring my thought to life, it is always so rewarding. Recently, I had the chance to do a session that represented my client to her core. Being a mixture of Peruvian and Irish, we wanted to include elements of her cultures. We traveled about two hours to a ranch in Fredericksburg. We captured the model with sheep like she grew up with in Peru. It was difficult, as the sheep are not models to pose. They are wild, and free, and roam this earth with no mind to my session. We spent much of our time befriending the small ovine creatures and following them around the land to get the perfect shot.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Never give up, and forever stay true to whatever you are. Trends are fleeting, but you are always.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands, and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Of course, I would love to collaborate with fellow creatives! Designers, and unique brands that I can bring to the motion. Fellow creators in my field I can learn, and grow with.
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Photographer: Jenny Jane of Sunflower Stills