We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Jane Furney and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emily Jane, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
There wasn’t too much “thinking” behind the start of my business. Photography was always a passion of mine and I was setting up photoshoots from a very young age. It was a no brainer to go down to the courthouse at 17 and officially start my photography business and turned something I loved into my full time job.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
A big turning point in my career for me was starting to shoot real film. I fell in love with the film stock Fuji 400 (which has not been discontinued) and really started to develop my own personal style and colors in my work. It’s very important to develop your own style and to play around with that till you have a strong signature look. With fuji 400 being discontinued, I’ve currently been on a journey of finding the right colors for me a tweaking my digitals to match my film when shooting Portra 400 ( which is much warmer).
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would first take them to La La Land Cafe to grab a olive oil cake muffin. They are delicious! Then, we’d stop at Maru for a cream top coffee before heading to Malibu for a surfing lesson. After a surfing lesson, we’d stop by the Malibu Farm Cafe for fresh juice and breakfast before going back into the city to walk around Beverly Hills Century City Mall. We’d have drink at Mama’s Shelter rooftop before heading to dinner at Craig’s in WEHO. If we wanted a late night snack I’d take them to Leo’s Taco Truck on Sunset for the best Al Pastor tacos they’s ever had.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There have been countless people, professors, mentors, books, seminars, podcasts and fellow entrepreneurs that have come along my side to help me learn not only how to become a better photographer, but a better business person and to run a successful business. My friend and mentor Rebecca Yale was a huge influence in my life and career for the better part of 4 years and I’m always very eager to read and listen to business books. I also try to attend 2-3 conferences a year with other photographers.
Heather Payne Photography for my photo. Emily Jane Furney for the rest of the images