Sneak Peak of a shoot I partnered up with Hand & Cloth. They are a company giving Bangladesh women dignified work and creating beautiful blankets for all of us to enjoy! I now have one on my own sofa. More info and images galore soon!
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We are moving to the West Coast! The last 4 weeks have been full of packing, planning, more packing and getting super excited. Chicago, don't freak out below is my schedule for when I will be here in the Midwest and I want to see you!
Chicago Schedule 2012
July 19-23 *extending for family portraits!*
September 31 -October 2
September 20 - 24 *extending for family portraits!*
We are still taking a limited amount of Chicago Wedding Commissions if your wedding is on any Friday or Sunday of these dates. If any of these dates suit your fancy email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot! I have limited availability so first come first serve!
California Clients - mention this blog post and get 15% off your engagement session or family session. Moving special through May 1!!
I'm very excited about my new guest series " City in a Garden" with Clover and Bee Wedding Blog. This blog is a must for the Midwest Bride. It is complete with their Best of the Midwest Wedding Guide and an online magazine, C&B daily full of style and bursting with inspiration. Add it to your reader, its in mine! You can also follow Clover and Bee on Twitter and Facebook too!
Proud to be considered as one of the Best of the Midwest!!
I am so very excited so introduce you this morning to our brand new website! It is totally updated with new loves to droll over and cute little ones! It goes hand in hand with my passion of telling people's story honestly and uniquely through the lens. I do not have galleries full of "the best" shot of the day but a much more intimate glimpse into each love story and family's life. I tell stories. Stories of relationships and connections through images. You can contact us directly through the website through our [contact] page as well as read our philosophy and story on the [about] page. There is a link to our fabulous blog as well as direct links to Facebook and Twitter. (I'm thoroughly addicted to Twitter and would love more company!) The blog, Twitter and Facebook are great ways to follow the daily musings and latest shoots here . And its just fun.
Come get to know us a little better! www.simplyjessie.com
I've been thinking a lot about how creativity is born. In any creative profession, there is a delicate balance between business and art. They can compliment each other and also wage war. There is a moment that you decide to risk the art you love the most for the hope to do it every day, where you put it all in, and risk losing what you love the most in pursuit of a career that you truly love and believe in. You go from beloved hobby to a creative professional making a living. It's exhilarating, powerful and terrifying. You risk it all. I've had many conversations with photographers about this delicate balance. To succeed you must pull back on the business end to allow creative space for yourself. It is so important to feed the creative in you and no one can tell you how that happens. It is different for each artist. For some it is being alone in the quiet to find rejuvenation and new flow of creativity. For others its being among the hustle and bustle of others, watching and feeding on the energy of others. For some its books, traveling,the outdoors, music, dinner with friends or reading the newspaper.
As I continue on this journey I realize how so very important it is to feed my creativity. I am learning how to give my self the space to grow, to change, to fail, to be inspired. If not, my business will fail and fade into the background as one of many. Without allowing and feeding my passion I will tire and become mediocre. I will stop pushing to be the best, to reach higher , to risk more for what I believe in, for my calling. So put down the bank statements, the emails that don't seem to have an end, the bills, the marketing, the phone calls and go read an inspiring book, see the others around you and to let your passion recharge. Photographers, this is what your business is built on, and it is important!!
On that note, I'm going to take a walk. I mean come on, its 75 degrees in Chicago on April 1!!
Our studio. We have work space with computers and paperwork out of ears, along with a sofa to sit , read, and chat it up with our clients.
I'm upgrading and changing things up for 2010. In the next few weeks I will preview several new products that Simply Jessie Photography is adding. I have been searching and searching for a modern simple proof book, and I finally found it. The 11x14 book contains multiple image contact sheets bound together with a spiral coil, a frosted cover and black cardstock back. They make album design so much easier as you can compare your favorite images in print. All wedding packages come with this fantastic proof book!