Today we’d like to introduce you to Jake Doucette.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Jake. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My senior year of high school, 6 years ago I remember getting the typical “what do you want to do with the rest of your life?” question every day, and I had no idea what I wanted to do. All I knew was that I enjoyed cars, and taking photos of them. I would use my iPhone most of the time and steal my sisters Canon t3i from time to time. For Christmas that year I got my first DSLR, and strictly took photos of cars, and landscapes.
For a long time, I wasn’t confident enough in my skills to take pictures of people or client work. A few years of having photography as a hobby, I grew my skills, and confidence and turned it into a side business. I started doing products for businesses, portraits, family photos, and even weddings. After seeing what I could do, and get good feedback from people, I realized I could probably turn this into a career. I realized it was my passion, and what I was good at, Although it may not be my full-time job at the moment, I hope that one day I can make the jump to going full time.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The hardest part of being a photographer for me is staying motivated, and coming up with new ideas. Every once and a while I’ll feel like I hit a roadblock with my skills, or if I haven’t taken many photos recently I’ll feel like I’ve taken a step backwards. Growing up, and living in the same area your whole life, you get kind of bored of taking pictures of the same old stuff.
It’s important that even though the same things around you may be the same, things look very different in different parts of the day. The need to travel, and explore new places to photograph are super important. I’m always thinking of new places to go in my free time even if it means being up all night chasing the milky way or being up early to go shoot the sunrise.
Please tell us about Photography by Jacob Doucette.
I am a freelance photographer from the seacoast of New Hampshire. I specialize in portraits, lifestyle, landscapes, and automotive photography. I did not go to school for photography, I actually went to school to be a welder, and that’s my full-time job. I taught myself through YouTube videos, books, and professional photographer friends. I discovered my own techniques, and style along the way, and that’s why I feel most proud.
What people have spent thousands of dollars on, I taught myself. I may not be a full-time photographer with my own studio, but to me I am successful. I wanted to be a photographer so bad it’s all I thought about for years, and am proud of where it’s taken me. I hope I can be an inspiration to kids who think that college is the only way you can be successful or learn something new. It’s true that if you want something so bad then you will find a way to make it happen no matter what, or who is stopping you.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Growing up my family had always camped several times every summer. We tented for many years then got a pop-up camper. It was the highlight of the summer every time we spent a long weekend camping with our family and friends. I learned a lot about the outdoors, and it grew my respect and love for nature. I believe it’s why I am so adventurous and have so much drive to see new landscapes outside of New England.
- Generally $100 for portraits/products per hour
- Weddings start at $1000
- Website: www.phittedphotography.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @phitted_jake
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/phittedphotography
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