Meet Jessi Blakely of Jessica Arden Photography. Jessi shoots Canon with her right eye and focuses mostly on weddings and kids. She shoots JPEG and uses manual mode. Her favorite actions include Kubota’s daily multi vitamin and Jodie Otte’s black and white, which she says “is fabulous”.
photo credit : Amy Blakely (Jessi’s sister)
Describe the moment you decided it was time to pursue this as a career?
I have always loved photography and have known i wanted to pursue it as a career since my high school days at durham school of the arts
What is one thing you’ve learned so far that has proven most valuable?
experience in the field is the most valuable form of education
What makes you as a business person different from everyone else?
uh, i am not good at the business part of photography:(
Who is your one favorite up-and-coming photographer?
One item you can’t live without?
Your favorite bokeh image and why?
The bokeh is so yummy i could eat it with a spoon…and I makes the subjects eyes pop!
Why did you want to be included on The Bokeh Pot?
I love to follow this blog and I know crystal from the photo department at ASU!
all about my mother
Favorite songs to work to?
Where do you find inspiration?
fashion magazines, old hollywood glamour, other artists and photographers
Do you use a second shooter?
not usually, but i would always love to have one…i enjoy being a second shooter for other photographers
How would you recommend that someone wanting to second shoot with you go about getting the gig?
shoot me an email or facebook me!
If you could second shoot with anyone, who would it be?
Are you a member of any organizations?
What did you have to do to actually take the leap? Did you have any hoops to jump through?
I still think that i have a lot to learn, and am still very open to learning from my peers
you must be committed and self motivated which is harder than one might think
What is the biggest or most creative thing you do/have done to draw new clients?
Client referral cards
Are you for or against advertising (paid or free)? If for, who have you had the most success with?
I am all about it, but I definitely try to take advantage of free social networking sites as much as i can. I also believe that client referrals are the best form of marketing.
How do you go about networking with other wedding vendors?
Fabnet is great for that…and just putting yourslef out there…talking to vendors, meeting new people
What does an overview of your typical workflow look like?
i use ligthroom for batch processing and photoshop for final tweaking
How do you stay organized?
brightly colored folders and sharpies!
What’s your idea of the perfect photographer networking “date”?
Good food and good conversation