We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Solis and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jessica, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I always knew photography was something I wanted to pursue, but it was never my intention to start my own business. I knew it was a possibility but wasn’t sure it would actually happen. It was sometime at the end of my senior year of high school that my friends and family urged me to turn my hobby into a business. It was scary and overwhelming at first. I didn’t know what I was doing, so I began doing extensive research, and created my website, and it only went up from there.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
When I first started my business, I had no idea what was to come. I’ve always been a reserved and anxious person, so starting my business meant that I had to put myself out there and get out of my comfort zone. I knew that I wanted to show others what I was creating being someone who’s always been artistically inclined. What started as simple portraits of my friends, turned into something more. Photography became my creative outlet. I’ve never been the best at putting my thoughts and ideas into words, which is why I decide to turn them into visual art. Once I have an idea in mind, I’m eager to create. It’s a lot of trial and error, but that’s what makes it fun. I’m always learning through experimenting.
I’m proud of how far I’ve come. Never did 16-year-old me think I would be where I am today. Through my photography, I’ve been able to see the world in a differently. I enjoy having this ability to bring ideas and concepts to life. It’s what keeps me motivated to continue my journey. I hope to inspire others to pursue their passions and bring their creativity to life.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I have several food places I like to go to in Frisco, but I had to limit it down to a few: – Ramen Hakata: Very tasty ramen and lots of options to choose from!
– Dumpling House lives up to its name and offers a variety of dumplings and buns.
– TC Shaved Ice is great for summer treats. I go for shaved ice, elotes, and mangonadas.
– When I’m craving a sweet treat, I love going to SomiSomi for soft serve and taiyaki!

Visits and Hangs:
– Adriatica Village in McKinney is a beautiful place to walk around, take pictures, and overlook the water. I love coming here with my friends when I can!
– The Grandscape area in The Colony is a fun place to bring your friends and family for music, movies, games, food, and shopping!

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?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my friends and family, and especially my high school photography teacher, Mrs. Carl. During my junior year, I originally took her photography course as an ‘easy’ elective. I had some experience with photography during my VSCO days in middle school, so I figured it would be a piece of cake. Within the first few days, I could tell she had a passion for the subject. It made me excited, so after the first week of class, I begged my parents to buy me a camera. I would later take her AP course during my senior year, where I truly began to find myself. Mrs. Carl was always there to support me and push me to become the best photographer I could be. Without her, I wouldn’t be where I am today. She’s also a big reason why I want to become an educator.

Website: visualsofjessicasolis.com

Instagram: @visualsofjessica

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