Inspiration

Where does inspiration come from?  

Each photographer has their own sources of inspiration and mine is a little quirky.  I get most of my inspiration by looking at images of interior design.  Home tours are my favorite.  Depends on my mood but the inspiration ranges from my outer bohemian hippy side to my inner clean lines and white interior side.  

There is something calming about these images and interior design photography that seems to inspire me.  I believe the reason that interior photography inspires me is because there are no people in the photographs.  Just lines, color schemes, lighting, and mood.  How the elements interact organically within the photograph from one side of the room to the other.  

Looking at a different kind of photography helps me to step out of my own day to day imagery where everything is love, couples, and people.  Getting away from that helps me to reconstruct my own images from the very basic and work myself up to creating the moods.  There is something in interior design photography that just gets me.  Could be the introvert in me that likes to see these spaces void of people, void of noise, void of distractions and just look at them be.  Nothing to hide.  It is beautiful in every sense.   

Where do you get your inspiration from?

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May Wallpaper

I can't believe that it's May already!  I've finally gotten around to writing 2015 instead of 2014 and time just flew by!

It's been an insane couple of months and so many sessions to post!  From California to Namiquipa to Mazatlan and another wedding this month... My heart is full!  

Anywhoo... who's dreaming of being in a place like this one? I know I can't wait until I'm at the beach everyday!!! 

Happy Friday!

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Stillness

It's nice to be in the stillness of the apartment.  Cars pulling out of driveways, gates opening and closing, the whoosh of a car blazing past.  It's as if we're all alone inside.  Separate.  Isolated from the world that continues to go on.  I love afternoons like today.  Watching the sun set slowly through the windows.  The silence makes it feel calm.  A deepening silence.  The kind that make the smallest moments change the attitude of the day.  No matter what happened before, right now, everything is moving and working in complete harmony.  Connected effortlessly.  Balanced.  Just silence.  Just stillness.  Where our thoughts are a voice we can hear.  I breathe deeply as I close my eyes and suspend myself in the stillness.  Allowing it to engulf my every molecule.  I slip into the stillness, break through, and when I open my eyes, I am changed.  I am new again.

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Focus on your clients and be a great photographer



Dear wedding and portrait photographers,

I know that maybe this letter will set off some bells and perhaps I will get a lot of backlash for even writing it.  But after 10 years of being a part of the photography industry, specifically the wedding and portrait industry, I feel like it's time to say what I have been holding in.

Stop complaining.
Stop whining.
Stop client bashing.
Stop comparing.
Stop competing.
Stop. Stop. Stop.

The photography industry has lost all focus.  I don't think there is a day that passes where I don't see a complaint about a potential client or an actual client on social media.  How are you going to complain about people who have hired you to do a job that you are passionate about?    If the catalyst for becoming a photographer was because of a little extra money coming into your bank account on the weekends, then maybe you shouldn't be a photographer.  I know that sounds harsh, but I say it with sincerity.  

The most common mistake that I am seeing more and more lately on social media is client bashing.  This new shift in mentality among photographers is downright disappointing.  In the photography classes I teach I make sure to repeat several times that it is our responsibility as photographers to deliver our best work and an amazing experience.  It is our responsibility to choose the right location at the right time and even help with wardrobe.  It is our responsibility to explain why originals aren't as good as the edits and what our processes are when it comes to selecting images.  Clients come to you because they are not photographers.  Plain and simple.  

It is about them, not about you.  

Not about your business model, not about how  you don't give out originals, not about getting published, and certainly not about what other photographers think about you.   Sure, there are clients that don't fully read their contracts, clients who would never use originals but want them anyway, clients who pick the worst time for a session, and clients who are dissatisfied.  This is not reason enough to go behind their backs and bash them on social media.  Do the best, give them what they are asking for or cut this client loose and move on with your life.  I feel like now, photogs get too caught up in their "business" and stop putting their focus on what really matters:  the people.  Too much business and not enough attention on people.  I understand that business is a component of doing photography professionally, but it shouldn't be the sole reason for being a photog.  

With the ever growing digital age, professionally photography is still a huge influence in the world.  Which is why clients still come back to us to photograph them, their families, and the most important day of their lives.

Let's regain focus.  Let's make that shift in our industry towards what really matters:  preserving life for people through a tangible experience.  Focusing on our clients and what really matters to them.  Helping them to understand why and how we do what we do.  I hope that we, as an industry, can refocus our photography on what really matters most: 

Making our clients, our people, the most important part of our business.  

Who is with me?

xoxo,
Jackie