I've decided to start actually using my blog! I want to share my ventures with everyone as my business continues to grow. This past weekend my shared studio space held it's grand opening and we had a great turnout. I'd like to personally thank each and every person who came out to show your support.
I decided a couple of months ago that the time had come to take the next big leap and open a studio. I had another photographer approach me about sharing space. This other photographer was Thurman Jones, a fellow photographer I had met at a Help Portrait event in Henryville. As you can imagine, we had a lot of details to work out and discuss to make sure this would be beneficial for both of us. So, we met several times and decided that yes, in fact, this would work.
I focus primarily on family and children portraits and Thurman focuses on seniors and pet photography. We're both on the same skill level and have complimentary personailities. We won't be competing against each other but instead will offer a variety of specialized services that will fit everyone's needs. Sharing studio space also means sharing backdrops and props so we have a lot to offer. In other words, we got ya covered!
Many of you have already been following me but for those of you that haven't I'd like to bring you up to speed. I am a married mother of three and work a full time job M-F and do photography on the weeknights and weekends. I have a huge network of supportive family and friends. I've been with my husband, Mike, for over 15 years. I'm thankful to have someone who is supportive when it's not always easy because I'm gone a lot and spend a lot of time working with others. Together we have 3 beautiful children, 2 girls and boy. They keep me grounded and focused. Everything I do, I do for them. I hope that one day they will strive to do their best and follow their dreams. I'm lucky to have my parents too; they are 2 very different people but between the two I pull thier strongest qualities. I get my independance (and talking) from my mother, Sue. I get my drive and the other 90% of my personality from my dad, Julian. I know both of them are equally proud of me and who I've grown to be but not as much as I am of them. They've taught me a lot about life. I'm also lucky enough to still have my Grandma, Marge, with me. I probably get a lot of my wittiness from her. She's a hoot. My papaw, George, was my hero and a huge part of my life. He left this world on January 4, 2011 but not a day passes that he's not on my mind. He's always with me. I wish I could be 1/2 the person he was. He could never find bad in anyone and no matter what was going on he always had a huge smile on his face. He's my hero, plain and simple.
Now for my friends... I've been very blessed in this life with a lot of great people. I went to two different schools so I have a lot of people who stand behind me in all I do. My best friends include; Michelle, Tina, Stephanie, Elizabeth, Shelly, and Kelly. They have stood behind me for years. I don't know what I'd do without out them. I try to split my time equally between them all and know they're always just a phone call away if I need them. I love each and every one of them. They're pretty dang awesome. I really could go on about them forever but just saying how much they mean and that I love them is enough.
While attending the Help Portrait event for the tornado victims of Henryville, I met a great group of photographers who have been so much help. Many members of the PPAGL attended this event too. (Professional Photographer Association of Greater Louisville) I'd like to give a shout out to some of those who have been most supportive, starting with the President, Nathan Mann. Nate has been more than helpful. He's full of knowledge and a great teacher. I'd also like to give credit to the great Yono. He's quite a character and is fun and informative too. This group is full of amazing people from all backgrounds. I've been blessed to meet some true friends such as Gary Barragan, Phil Montgomery, Mike Drake, and Thurman Jones. We share a group on Facebook and meet monthly. I also met Tim Biddle, from Indianapolis at this event. We have vowed to get together every 3 months for a shoot around. In the short time that I've known these amazing people my career has soared. I don't know how I could ever repay them for all of their help.
Lastly, I'd like to give credit to my friend/mentor, Brandon Polley. He worked in my building when my career was just starting and spent a lot of time teaching me. I had never encountered someone who was so willing to help someone that was potentially competition for him. This has made a better photographer and person too. I am not afraid of compeition but instead welcome it. It keeps me on my toes and gives me the desire to push myself further and harder. I now try to share my knowledge with new photographers looking to take their career to the next level.
So.. here I am. I started in 2010 and 3 years later I have a studio and am hopefully well on my way to making this a full time career. I didn't do any of this alone. It's not been easy. Through everyone's support and my drive to succeed at everything I do, I've made it. It's an amazing feeling.
I'd like to brief you on Thurman's background, but only a little. He's been married for 10 years to an amazing and fun woman. They share 2 dogs together. He also works a full time job and does photography on the side. He's an amazing photographer and I'm very fortunate to have him as a partner. We're going to do very well with this. I just know it!
Stay tuned to future blogs. I plan on using this a lot more often now. As always, thank you for your continued support and love! Hugs xoxoxo!
- Jenni L. Brown
Owner/Operator of Jenni Brown Photography