We had the good fortune of connecting with Jennifer Townhill and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jennifer, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Honestly, I never thought I was the kind of person to start my own business. I aways enjoyed working at companies for other people. When I decided to change careers and transition from high tech into photography, it just kind of evolved. I always had a passion for photography and was often asked to capture photos for friends and family. Several people mentioned that I should start my own photography business. I went back to school, got my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography and the business started to build from there. I now truly enjoy being my own boss and taking charge of my own destiny and success. I’ve also learned a lot about marketing and the power of the referral.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Being a photographer is my dream job. I love all aspects of it. Meeting new people, shooting portraits in beautiful locations, editing those images in the most creative way. When I am working on my photography, it does not feel like work and often time just slips away. When I previsualize a shoot, I always get excited about how the images will turn out. I usually have a clear picture in my head and I enjoy how each shoot takes on it’s own unique personality. Light is an important component of my imagery and how I use it to enhance my subjects. I also strive to create clean and beautiful compositions that connect my subject to their surrounding environment. That connection is essential to a successful photograph for me. I think I got where I am totally by working collaboratively with my clients. Understanding their needs and expectations and delivering. I also love being with people and enjoy the process of capturing honest portraits. Being the subject of a photograph can be an intimidating process but I strive to make that process fun and light for my subjects. I have leaned that your first 10,000 photographs are your worst. as famous photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson once quoted. This means that in order to be good at anything it takes time and dedication. My photography is an ongoing journey that is constantly evolving and growing. I want to keep learning and improving my imagery and concept while continuing to grow my business and brand.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My shoutout definitely goes to my network of female friends. When I began my journey, I started with very little. It was about finding new clients and shooting opportunities so I could gain experience and build a portfolio. In those days, I was new to the world of photography and looking for clients. I began to receive overwhelming support from friends that would reach out for small photography jobs. Several friends referred me to large, well known companies that would eventually elevate my career and lead to future referrals. Even today, although I am more established, I have a tremendous amount of support from these women that go out of their way to help spread the word about my work and skills as a photographer. This is important to me because I feel women should help women as much as we can. I know I wouldn’t be anywhere with out their support.
Jennifer Townhill Photography