Today we’d like to introduce you to Jenni Dehn.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
“Do what you love, and you’ll never work another day in your life.”
Growing up, I was always that girl with the camera at all the events and parties. Funny thing is, it never crossed my mind this “hobby” of mine could actually become a job. I spent 7 years in the corporate world, and eventually realized I was unfulfilled in that career path and needed to make a change.
Art has always been a huge part of my life and I consider myself lucky that my passion has transitioned into a career. I get the opportunity to capture families, newborns and children as they grow and change through photography, it’s really amazing.
My business began when people started asking to hire me to shoot. I didn’t decide one day to launch a photography business, it just happened organically. I started with photographing events for family and friends. I then moved onto photographing children and families, and after a few years of shooting part time, this past September I made the best decision ever and went full-time!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
There are always ten million questions running through my head at all times. I think anyone who is self-taught can get extremely insecure at times, and I’m no different. I’m very critical of myself and I am always thinking and learning how I can continue to improve my work.
The creative aspect of photography always seemed to come easily for me. The business aspect on the other hand was all brand new. That has been a hurdle for me, but I am so thankful to have great supporters who help me every step of the way!
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Jenni with an Eye Photography – what should we know?
I’m a natural light photographer, based on the South Shore of Massachusetts. I adore taking photos of brand new babies, expecting mamas and sweet little families. I try to find the moments in between moments, the candids, because it’s the little things that matter most.
I love meeting new families and giving them tangible memories that they can pass on for generations to come. The best compliment I can ever receive is a referral or a returning client. I want to be their photographer for life! I am so lucky to see these families grow year after year, and be apart of so many important moments.
I’m excited to see where this journey may take me and I know the best is yet to come!
Finding a mentor and building a network are often cited in studies as a major factor impacting one’s success. Do you have any advice or lessons to share regarding finding a mentor or networking in general?
I always advise connecting with as many people as you can – network, network, network! I really wish I had a mentor when I first started out. Joining my local chapter of Rising Tide Society has been so helpful and encouraging. Even if you’re not the “networking” type, I think it’s important to put yourself out there and feel scared, or nervous, or uncomfortable. The more people you meet, the more exposure you get to opportunities. This is true in any aspect of life.
- Website: jenniwithaneye.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: jenniwithaneyephoto
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/jenniwithaneyephoto
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