Pro Files: Jenny Gibson
This month’s featured photographer is:
TELL US ALL ABOUT JENNY GIBSON!
I am not a fan of describing myself, LOL, but one of my biggest fears is being misunderstood so first I’d say I’m honest and real. 🙂 I am also very passionate, energetic and a total lover. I love learning new things and sharing/teaching my knowledge to others. I am very determined and I quite possibly use the smile emotion way too much! 😉
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER?
Actually it was a total accident at first. I was offered a job at a photo studio and I took it. But then what inspired me to continue, was the joy I got from seeing parents so happy with what I had created for them. Now as a parent, I love capturing the true essence of my kids through my art.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS WITH CLIENTS ARE CRUCIAL. WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WANT YOUR CLIENTS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I care. I am completely non-judgmental and will make you feel absolutely at ease. I am passionate about providing art that you LOVE and meets your heart’s desires.
WE BELIEVE EVERY PHOTOGRAPHER IS UNIQUE. WHAT DO YOU FEEL SETS YOU APART?
I am very detail oriented and determined to get the shot; I am willing to do whatever it takes, which is why my sessions can sometimes take longer than others. I have a high standard of excellence and committed to providing high quality photography. Plus kids think I’m hilarious.
SHOW US YOUR CURRENT FAVORITE IMAGE AND WHY?
I’d probably have to say one from my recent Maternity session that I’m shooting for an upcoming TPE course 🙂 I love it because it embodies the beauty of the pregnant form and I know it will make mom feel magnificent! Plus it was the most perfect location and I was able to create it just how I imagined!
PHOTOGRAPHERS MAY BE SLIGHTLY PRONE TO DAYDREAMING. TELL US ALL ABOUT YOUR ULTIMATE DREAM SESSION.
Yeah, I DEFINITELY don’t have just one!! But for the sake of this interview here is what I’d want to shoot today. My dream session would start with a woman who doesn’t see her loveliness. I would pamper her with hair and makeup and make her feel gorgeous. The shoot would be one I have full creative control of, providing wardrobe etc., and would be the transformation of a life time ending with a more confident, happy lady who feels as beautiful as she looks and sees the beauty I see in her.
IS PHOTOGRAPHY YOUR FULL TIME JOB?
I’ve got 4 awesome kiddos at home that keep me busy! Thankfully I’ve got a wonderful husband who supports me being at home with them!
STARTING A BUSINESS TAKES SOME MAJOR PLANNING. TELL US YOUR TOP 3 PIECES OF ADVICE TO SOMEONE WHO IS JUST GETTING STARTED.
1-Get your ducks in a row organizationally. Have business systems in place.
2- Don’t get caught up in spending more than you make, you can do A LOT with a little!
3- remember your business plan is yours, what works for someone else won’t necessarily be the best for you and your family.
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST MISTAKE YOU HAVE MADE THUS FAR?
Letting others opinions of my work determine my perceived self worth as a photographer. Remember if YOU love it it doesn’t matter what others think!
WHAT HAS SURPRISED YOU THE MOST ABOUT THIS AMAZING JOURNEY CALLED PHOTOGRAPHY?
How fast it’s gone by! I can’t believe I started this journey 17 years ago! It’s kind of like raising a kid, LOL!
IT’S NO SECRET THAT BALANCING PERSONAL AND WORK IS TOUGH. WHAT DO YOU DO TO ENSURE YOU NURTURE BOTH?
Having priorities and a plan helps. Knowing what your primary goal is and then making choices that supports that.
OK LAST QUESTION….WHAT PHOTOGRAPHER HAS INSPIRED YOU THE MOST ON YOUR JOURNEY?
Kelly Brown, Little Pieces Photography
She gave me permission to love what I do regardless of what others think! Helping me understand that there is not just one right way to do things! Her personal journey makes me think I can be successful too!
She started down the road of photography with a gentle push from her husband and hasn’t looked back. She loves being able to capture those “real life” moments that can slip by in the blink of an eye. Like most photographers with kids, Meagan became fascinated (obsessed) with photographing her children from second she laid eyes on them, and loves helping others hone their photography skills to better capture their own children.
Meagan is our instructor for Get Grounded in Photoshop, and is also our official Operations Queen. She keeps everyone organized, scheduled, and on track with blogging, Happy Hour, Extra Credit, communication, customer service, and anything else that keeps TPE operating on a day to day basis just for you!
When she isn’t working for TPE, running her own business, or running after her own three small kiddos she enjoys being outdoors, cooking, spending time with her animals, and swimming.
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