We had the good fortune of connecting with Jess Onesto and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jess, do you have a budget? how do you think about personal finances?
I do have a budget! Funny enough, I’ve actually been on some form of a budget since I was 12 years old. Chalk it up to having a financial counselor for a dad. Even though there have been times in my life that I’ve hated living on a budget and wanted to quit, I’m so grateful for the lessons I took from my parents because it really set me up for financial peace.
Most people hate talking about money because it’s stressful and they think being on a budget will make it more stressful. The reality is that having a budget opens you up to freedom and peace with your money, not more stress – especially when you are running a business!
When I first started my business, I didn’t know anything, so I was foolish with the payments I received. Once I figured out how to budget and bookkeep my business, I was able to learn how to set aside money for all of my expenses and taxes so that when April rolls around I’m not tearing my hair out. It also makes spending decisions quite a bit easier since you’re always planning ahead!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My work is all about fun and color. I tell each couple I have the privilege of working with that my main goal is to help them have a fun and stress-free wedding day. I work hard to create an easygoing environment that allows for authentic and joyful images.
I hope that the legacy of my brand is that we care deeply for people at each step of the process. And of course that our photos are timeless and precious keepsakes that pass down through generations.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
How could I even narrow it down?! LA is so incredible and you need more than a week to see and eat the best things!
We’d definitely need to hit up some of the wonderful museums in town – my personal faves are LACMA and The Broad. A morning walk through Griffith Park with a stop for lavender chocolate chip scones at The Trails.
For food, let’s go budget friendly options: If we get pizza, we’re headed to Tomato Pie Pizza Shop in South Pasadena, if we’re getting dumplings, you can find us at Mason’s Dumpling Shop in Highland Park and if we keep it classic with a burger and fries, we’ll be over at Burgers Never Say Die in Silver Lake. Can you tell I love food? Lastly, once they open back up (covid’s the worst, am I right?), we love catching a live show at Bardot in Hollywood (we love the “It’s a School Night” event). Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Love this! I mentioned in my answer that I’m super grateful for the lessons that my parents taught me growing up – from how to manage my finances to the way I serve and care for my couples. They definitely deserve a shoutout!
Of course, I’d shoutout my husband, Chris, who is my number one supporter and encourager. He makes me believe I could do anything if I put my mind to it.
And lastly, my community. Both my personal friendships as well as my industry friends. Being able to lean on you all and process through the tougher times is what gets me through.
Cheers Babe Photo