We had the good fortune of connecting with Jasmine Green and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jasmine, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Photography is a risky career to have especially if you decide to start your own business. The hours can be irregular and the amount of clients booked can fluctuate. I chose photography because I wanted to take a risk and do something out of the ordinary. At the beginning of this year I quit my 9-5 desk job to pursue my own business because I wanted to create art on my own terms and so far this decision has been the riskiest thing I’ve done. My approach for taking this risk is to never underestimate your connections or the people you meet because they can potentially put you in touch with future clients.
Please tell us more about your career. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I am proud of myself for having the courage to start my own photography business. It was not an easy task. Some of the challenges I faced were deciding what my pricing will be, knowing when to say “no” when it comes to choosing what I wanted to photograph, and also how to take negativity when it comes to your craft. Overcoming these obstacles is always tough, but the solution is to stay open minded to criticism and be firm in what you believe in because you are initially selling yourself and your brand. What sets my photography apart from others is that I love using natural light and candid moments. I love capturing vibrant foods and also the authenticity of a person. Usually the winning photograph is one that was not staged or posed. I learned during my photography career that communication between you and your client is very important so the vision of the shoot is clear and the client understands what they are paying for. Also that I can overcome anything and nothing is a setback, but a learning experience.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my friend was coming to town I would have to take them to all kinds of food spots. I’m a big foodie so narrowing down where I would take my friend for food would be hard. The food/beverage places I would choose are Jalisco Norte, Beto and Sons, Trompo Taco, Serious Pizza, Carbone’s, Lala Kind Cafe, and Tipsy Alchemist because each place has something extra special to bring to the table. They are exciting in taste and aesthetic. The destinations I would take my friend would definitely be the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, Klyde Warren Park, Dallas Museum of Art, and The Fabrication Yard. These places define Dallas in a positive way and interactive way. I don’t know what order we would see everything, but if we had a week I’m confident we can hit all locations.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are so many people I would love to dedicate my success to. Starting your own business is not easy and I have an amazing support system to help me through it. My father is my number one cheerleader. He is always telling his friends and coworkers about my photography business and how if they need anything to come to me. Without him I would not have had the courage to start my own business. I also want to thank my instructor from the Art Institute of Dallas Twyla Nova. She guided me from the start of my photography life in 2013 and continues to watch over me today. She pushes me to think more creatively and tries to help out in any way she can. Another person I want to shine a light on is Alicia Stepp. She is a professional photographer that I see as my mentor. I have assisted her on multiple photoshoots and with every shoot I gain more knowledge and I feel even more inspired about my own business. There is also an organization I want to recognize for helping me start my own business and that’s the Dallas Center for Photography. I am an assistant teacher there and I’ve learned countless things from being there. I’ve learned about art history, film photography, and more about Lightroom and Photoshop. This organization has also helped me gain more clients and has expanded my knowledge on other ways to take my photography to the next level. Without my team behind me I would not have had the courage to take a risk on myself so to my support system I thank you and love you!
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