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Meet Alexandra Jarige of Jarige Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexandra Jarige.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My father gave me my first camera when I was 8. He was a photographer as well and encouraged me to shoot whatever interested me. I used to line up my dolls and stuffed animals or stage scenes with them for me to shoot. I continued to enjoy photography through my teen years but never considered it a serious career option for me.

It wasn’t until years later when I was in Europe, having recently left a thankless job in software, that I even considered following in Dad’s footsteps to pursue photography. I had been making my way around Europe on weekends, taking in whatever opportunities I had to travel with camera in tow and I suddenly found myself spending hours poring over photographs and editing my favorites in photoshop.

When it came time to decide what my next step would be, I decided to throw myself wholeheartedly into my passion and enrolled in a photography program in Paris. The rest, as they say, is history 🙂

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
After finishing school in France, I returned to Boston to put my newly honed skills to use. I worked part-time in a portrait studio and freelanced on the side. My focus was weddings and portraiture, but finding clients as a new photographer wasn’t easy. I actually booked most of the weddings from my first year in business from Craigslist. I offered heavily discounted rates and was able to book about 12 weddings my first year.

Although many of my colleagues were assisting more established photographers or interning, I went full steam ahead with my own weddings and clients, for better or worse. The experience allowed me to establish a portfolio of my own for prospective clients, and to gather referrals from that first group of clients, which lead to more weddings the next season. It also allowed me to come up with my own ideas about what worked or didn’t work. One valuable lesson I learned early on was to get paid before turning over any product to the client.

Most people are very honest and have every intention of paying, some get busy or sidetracked, but still have every intention of paying eventually, but then there are those few who ruin it for everyone else and try to get something for nothing.

Please tell us about Jarige Photography.
Jarige Photography specializes in “people photography.” We capture special events, special life moments, and every day, with a focus on our clients and what makes them unique. Most of our work is what you would call “lifestyle” photography, which is a kind of photography that aims to capture people in situations, real-life events or milestones in an artistic manner. We typically use available light and try to be unobtrusive observers, particularly for events.

Our portrait sessions are all about getting to know our clients and expressing that through the lens. I spend a lot of time talking and laughing with my clients. The atmosphere is relaxed, low-key and playful. The more comfortable everyone is, the better the outcome for everyone. We pride ourselves on the relationships we have with our clients and enjoy working with them year after year.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I’d have started sooner! It took me a while to find this path…but it’s been so incredibly rewarding.

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