Jendayi Jackson – Photographer Spotlight

Where are you located/based out of? : Washington DC

Where did your inspiration for photography begin? : My inspiration for photography began in the dark room. Before the age of digital cameras, I took a photography class and fell in love with the quiet and artistic vibe in the dark room. I hadn't thought of this until now but it for sure was the peace I found in manually processing images that propelled me into photography.

How would you describe your photography style? : When I started, my style was airy and soft. I'm not sure I've completely settled on my style, but lately I gravitate to more contrast and shadow filled images. I'm interested to see what it'll be like in a year or two, but for now I love where I am.

Did you study photography in school or are you self taught?: I'm 80% self taught. I took one photography class in high school, one in post-graduate school and a few online classes that gave me a ton of basics to launch from.

What is a good lesson you have learned this year in photography or your business?: When you do the work, results will come but don't take for granted the rest that you're giving up. When you're body tells you to slow down, do it.

If you could encourage a new photographer in one area, what would it be?: Study business and invest in tools. Know the art of marketing, selling, customer service and beyond. As beautiful as your images may be, it's difficult to be a successful photographer if you don't know how to maintain relationships and increase engagement.

What’s the best advice you would give the YOU of last year?: Accept the highs and the lows you WILL have and use the lows as lessons for improvement.

What would be your dream photography assignment/client to work with and why?: I'd love to see my work in a magazine like Hannah or Crwn. Once I'm published in a print magazine, then I'll know I have made it.

Do you feel like you’ve mastered the work/life balance?: No, but I'm definitely conscious of mastering it. I try very hard to put things in their correct priority. I have a few creative friends who encourage me to practice self-care and I'm grateful for the frequent reminders.

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