We had the good fortune of connecting with Jackie Larkin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jackie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I wanted to do the thing I absolutely love while also being the mother for my kids. I didn’t want to keep working and missing milestones because my children needed a stable home. I talked about it for years but never pushed myself to peruse my life long dream of being a photographer until I was medically discharged from the Army. Then I knew starting my own business was a priority since my health needed to be taken into consideration. I knew starting my own photography business would allow me to have a income while also focusing on my health and personal life.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What keeps me busy professionally is families, graduates and maternity sessions. This’s are my main clientele throughout the year. I also do birthday sessions, headshots and individual portraits. I just love being out in the field or in my home based studio!
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
What really sets me apart from most photographers is the passion I have for what I do. Although it is my business, I’m more concerned about making I create everlasting images for clients. I also love keep my images as natural as possible while also making my clients look like high end models.
I’m most proud of how far my work has come and I’m excited to be traveling all throughout the South for clients and much more.
I got where I am today by putting in endless hours of studying on YouTube and practicing on my little ones. I didn’t hesitate to ask for help when needed and stepped all the way out of my comfort zones. It wasn’t easy to get here only because I constantly doubted myself and jumped right into it. But would I have done it differently? No, not at all because it worked best for me.
My biggest lesson I’ve learned was to be me and edit the way my heart tells me instead of trying to edit like others. Yes it’s okay to look at others work for inspiration, but you won’t be truly satisfied until you create your own masterpiece. You can do whatever you make yourself do. Don’t set your mind to it and just talk about it, do it! Take the leap! That leap will probably be the only reason you’re successful but you won’t know until you do it.
My goal will always be to capture beautiful moments that last a lifetime.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
For a weeks trip I would definitely take my friends to nature filled places! We would do a lot of hiking, swimming, we’d find the best seafood place if not try all of them lol. I recently just started really enjoying life outside of being a awesome mom so it’s something I’m building on again and I’m excited!