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

Hi Jo, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk can be scary.

However, the only way to avoid risk is to do nothing and that’s not the way I roll!

I spent 19 years in public education in various roles, and then I took a leap of faith in the summer of 2019 with the offer of a position within a local architecture firm. Then, 2020 came around and the COVID lockdowns led to layoffs…and I was one of those statistics.

But here’s the deal…

I had been running my business on the side for a while, and had dreams of running it full time “sometime in the future.” Well, fate has an interesting sense of humor! I see you universe!

I immediately threw myself 100% into my photography business, and in the almost three years since going full-time, I can say that my business has continued to grow and blossom!

When I work with clients, I love when they have ideas that are a bit out of the box…somethings I’ve not done before! It allows me to take that risk! I am a learner and will always be, so I’m willing to jump out there and give it a go!

That risk-taking, no holds barred attitude has connected me with some amazing clients and really cool opportunities! I look forward to what the future holds!

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.
I’ve never fit neatly into a box… never.

So why should my professional life be any different???

Be Present Studios is focused on the experience. We strive to provide an amazing experience from start to finish.

What that means is that I don’t have a set list of places we go or poses to do… I work with each client to develop the ideas for their session. It should be unique to them.

Photography shouldn’t fit neatly in a box!

I’m constantly learning and trying new things to keep my content fresh and exciting. My clients like this and it helps them to see that I’m able and willing to try something with them… even if it means a bit more planning work leading up to the shoot.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In Fort Worth, there are a ton of great local restaurants and places to see!

We would start in The Museum District taking in The Kimbell, The Modern, and The Amon Carter Museums. The Fort Worth Zoo and the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens are also in this area, and have lots to offer!

After all that walking, you’re going to need some lunch and a tasty beverage! You could stop for a tasty margarita at Joe T. Garcias, in Northside. You could also choose to have lunch at The Dover.

After that tasty beverage, I would suggest taking in some local sites in Northside. Here you could check out the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum, and if you time it right, you can witness a cattle drive with the gorgeous longhorn cattle!

The next day, you could take in a show at Bass Hall. A gorgeous building that hosts the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Opera, the Texas Ballet Theater, and the Cliburn. After your show, you should hop onto a Cowtown Cycle Party! It’s a bar on wheels that will allow you to see the most of downtown Fort Worth! Stop by The Little Red Wasp for dinner! So good!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First, my husband, Christian, deserves some recognition! When I was laid off, and I said that I’m going to make this work, he was right beside me cheering me on! He has continued to be my biggest cheerleader, is one of my favorite models to shoot, and has taken on my second-shooter role and is our resident drone pilot! He’s my rock!

Second, my workwife, Rosie! I was scheduled to do a family shoot for her the evening of the day I was laid off. I called her and told her what happened… I told her I needed to go ahead and do her shoot, if that was ok. And we had such a great time. From there, we established a few things that got me connected to some people that might like to/need to have photos taken… and the rest is history! She’s always willing to get in front of my camera and is one of my biggest supporters!

Third, my clients! I have the BEST clients! They continue to share their stories and experiences with others… and that brings new potential clients my way. Word of mouth is invaluable in this industry, and I’m so thankful that my clients share their stories to spread the word.

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Image Credits
Be Present Studios, LLC

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