We had the good fortune of connecting with Jennifer Fujikawa and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jennifer, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Creating a healthy work-life balance was one of the most difficult things for me to establish when I first started my career. I found it difficult to stop working when I was at home, or to not be distracted by any chores that needed to be done around the house. It was really exhausting and I knew that if I didn’t make some changes it would lead to burn out. Now I’m much better about focusing on work during set periods of my day and stopping work completely when I’m “off the clock.” As tempting as it is to keep checking my email or edit just ONE LAST PHOTO….. I tell myself that the work day is done and it’s time to relax.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have always identified myself as an artist ever since I was a child. I knew from a very young age that I was given these artistic talents for a reason and that became the basis of how I started my career in photography. There really is nothing like doing something that you were born to do. There were certainly difficult moments along the way but these were all lessons that helped shaped me into the creative business owner I am today.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout is dedicated to my photography mentor, Claire Barrett. She took me under her wing and showed me how to hustle to get the job done. I am so grateful to her for sharing her knowledge, workmanship, and friendship with me. She really is one of the best in the business!