Meet Jennifer Pinkerton of Jenni Marie Photography. Jenni focuses on weddings and portraits and her sister helps her with styling, shooting, and prop-handling. She’s a nikon girl and uses her left eye for shooting. She shoots RAW in manual mode and has just started dabbling with some of the Totally Rad Actions and MCP Actions. So far she really adores TRA’s LUX action and MCP’s SEVENTIES action.
Its silly, but I think of Hillary Duff’s line in Cinderella Story: “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” I am most often challenged by a crippling fear. “I can’t do this!” or “I’m going to fail!” or “No one likes my pictures!” or “I’m not really a photographer!” But camera-in-hand is who I am. I can’t deny that. And even if I’m never a super star photographer, I can own my zip code and be the best Jenni Marie possible – falling or standing, succeeding or failing, living and learning. I’ve learned (or *cough* am STILL learning) that it doesn’t matter what other people think. If I’m happy, if I’m learning and growing, if I’m doing my best…then I can’t let someone else’s opinion stop me.
What makes you as a business person different from everyone else?
50mm, 250iso, 1/1250, f/1.8
I think this is my favorite. Emphasis on the hesitation in naming it my favorite. I love playing around with Bokeh — in fact, when I first stumbled across Bokeh Pot over a year ago, I had to go google a definition and try to figure out what in the world all these photographers were talking about – and then realized I was already doing it, even if I didn’t know the technical term! But in this image, we have bokeh on both sides of the focal point and, wow, that eye pops, eh?
Why did you want to be included on The Bokeh Pot?
Anne of Green Gables. Its amazing. Beautiful, funny, whimsical… and Anne Shirley is a little too much like me.
Where do you find inspiration?
How would you recommend that someone wanting to second shoot with you go about getting the gig?
50mm, 125iso, 1/80, f/2.8
If you could second shoot with anyone, who would it be?
Are you a member of any organizations?
Are you for or against advertising (paid or free)? If for, who have you had the most success with?
Word of mouth, word of mouth, word of mouth! Nothing says “wow” better than a happy client. Seriously. Nothing.
How do you go about networking with other wedding vendors?
Ohmyword! So many things come to mind. Mostly facts and questions I’ve only very recently struggled with. But definitely surround yourself with a solid group of cheerleaders, people who will tell you the truth while still providing encouragement to keep improving and to keep plugging along. And don’t be afraid to fall. Use failing as a learning opportunity and make sure to keep on going.
What is the biggest or most creative thing you do/have done to draw new clients?
Nothing says “JenniMarie” better than a happy client. Nothing. In fact, add happy client with the viral epidemic of facebook, and big things can happen. Just saying.
2. Cull images in Lightroom
3. Tweak exposure/blacks in lightroom then — as necessary — open in Photoshop for more detailed tweaks.
4. Add watermark to blog/facebook picks.
5. Upload web preview album for client.
How do you stay organized?