We had the good fortune of connecting with Journey Robinson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Journey, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
My name is Journey Robinson and I have my own business called Just Journey Photography. I am only 11-years old but my passion, my purpose, and my promise to my father before he passed away pushes me to continue my dreams of being a Phenomenal Professional Photographer.
I have always loved taking pictures, but I really started taking more interest when my daddy was diagnosed with Stage IV Cancer. When he couldn’t make it to events, I would take pictures or do a live video because I could see that he was having a hard time remembering things. I then would crawl in the bed with him at the hospital and show him the events through my eyes. I was really sad after the loss of my father. Photography was like therapy for me. It made me happy. I began to see life through a different lense. So at the age of 7, my mother helped me turn my pain into passion and I decided to help others capture”memorable moments for all occasions”.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets me apart from others? What sets me apart from others is my youth because I take my photo’s from a different perspective .
What you are most proud of or excited about?
I set a goal for myself this summer to upgrade my camera. I’ve had the same camera for 3 years and I want to provide better quality to my customers. I saved up $1000 this summer and received donations that allowed my to upgrade my camera from a Cannon Rebel T6 to a Cannon 6D Mark II.
How did you get to where you are today professionally?
I ask a-lot of questions. Look at other photographers and mentors. I also shadow other photographers in the DFW area. I researched for a better computer, software, and camera equipment in order to provide better service to my customers.
Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? No, It is very hard at times, because I’m a “kid” entrepreneur and sometimes that’s all ADULTS see. Even though this is my passion and I have been doing photography for over 3 years now…all they see is a kid. I have a business. I have a real website, I have customers. I go to school. I try to give back to the community, but sometimes they just don’t take me seriously. I try to remain professional but sometimes it does bother me when people jump in front of me with their phones not realizing that I am an “actual paid” photographer at an onsite job.
What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way? I’m learning every day to be patient. That’s something that’s even hard for grown-ups. I had to learn how to set short term and long term goals for myself. If you want to do something, then just do it. If show people that you really want to do something and you take the initiative to do it, then you will be surprised who will help you.
What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story? I know that I am only 11 years old, but I turned my pain into my passion. I have great memories of my dad through the photos and videos that I took. Now I am able to “create memorable moments for all occasions” for others.
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?
If my best friend was in town, we would go to places like Klyde Warren Park, Great Wolf Lodge, Hawaiian Falls, Epic Water and Celebration Station. We would love to have a SPA DAY! Also, we would go eat at places like Jimmy John’s, Olive Garden, Chill’s and Logan’s
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My Mom – Jessamine Robinson, owner and founder of Jazzy Food and Fun . I’d like to give her a shoutout because of her supporting me, always letting me try new things and her mentorship.
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