Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Pegg.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’d always had an interest in storytelling and got a degree in film which became my formal introduction to photography and the art of visual storytelling. After spending some time working in the film and television industry in New York and LA I moved back to Boston and started shooting for fun.
A friend of mine from film school was asked to shoot video of a wedding and asked me if I would help him. I did and I loved it! I had such a great experience. I loved getting to know the couple and felt such a sense of honor getting to spend the day with them. I was hooked on weddings after this. I started reaching out to local photographers because I wanted to learn more about the industry. That turned in to assisting, that turned into second shooting weddings to eventually launching my own business and taking on my own clients
I took a little break a couple years ago after having my son but missed weddings so much and decided to dive back in. I relaunched my new site this past summer offering weddings and lifestyle family photography. I call on my training as a filmmaker and storyteller to visually retell your real life love story.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Nothing work having comes easy. It definitely has had it’s ups and downs. It took me some time to really find my voice as a photographer and a business owner. It took taking a little time away from running my own business (I still continued to shoot for other photographers) to reassess my values and why this work was important to me.
After I had my kids my “why” became very clear. I wanted to focus on the moments that matter most not just shooting a perfectly curated image.
Also, learning to balance a business and two little ones has been an enormous but worthwhile challenge. They are the reason I work so hard at this and continue to grow because I want them to the possibilities that come with doing work that you love and that serves you.
Jessica Pegg Photography – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I love what I do. I specialize in weddings and offer lifestyle & documentary family photography. I work with couples and families looking to capture their authentic story. I’m working hard to create a company centered on the client experience as well as telling beautiful, honest stories.
I’m really proud of the work that I do and the company I am creating because I put my whole heart into it. My clients are opening up their homes and allowing me into the most intimate parts of their lives and I try to be trusting, honest relationships with them so they don’t feel so vulnerable. I’m transparent with them in client meetings, open on my website and blog, in the hopes that allowing them to see the real me frees them to show me the real them.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Oh, I love this question. I believe success is living a life that serves you and brings you joy. However, you find joy. It’s knowing what your priorities are, having dreams and living your life to fulfill them. Whether it’s making money, being with your family, traveling the globe or binging Breaking Bad on repeat. It’s giving yourself the permission to design your life, on your terms and, occasionally, being ok with moving the goal posts.
If you asked me a year ago what my definition of success was, it would be very different than what it is now. I’m going through a divorce, which was obviously unexpected and is painful, but also meant I had to change what success would mean for me because my path has to change. It means redefining the goals for my business and continuing to grow as a business owner and pursing opening another business (something really amazing. Stay tuned!)
Now, I’m focused on creating a life for myself and my children that gives us the freedom to experience the world, live creatively and with empathy. I’m at a new path as a single mother and small business owner. It’s terrifying but empowering. So now, success is about becoming more independent then I’ve ever been and showing my kids what grace and strength can look like. I know I will feel like I have been successful if I continue to create space to actively work towards my dreams and at the end of the day, I can still come home to my kids smiling faces… and a pizza. Really it’s the simple things in life.
- Website: www.jpeggphotography.com
- Phone: 617-297-8478
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @jpeggphoto
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jpeggphotography/
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