We had the good fortune of connecting with Jacqueline Andrade and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jacqueline, what do you attribute your success to?
Communication has to be the most important factor to having a successful session. During our initial consultation I ask my clients questions that will help me better understand what they are wanting to get out of the time spent with me. It’s my job to hear them out so that during the photo session I know exactly what to shoot for. Everyone is treated equally but also everyone will have their own custom image or video to fit their personalities and needs.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I recently announced a new project called, For The Love of Pups! I am on a mission to capture the love and relationship between people and their pets, especially dogs, with portraiture. This project was a long time coming but was inspired by my dog Lobo. After he passed away, I spent a lot of time looking back at photos of us to remember all the adventures we had together. A few weeks after he passed, I got some film developed and was so happy to see new photos of my Lobo! Because of this I decided to use one roll of film on every dog portrait session in addition to digital. I’m excited to be able to meet like minded people who love and appreciate their dogs as much as I do mine and to learn about how their dogs have impacted their lives through this project. My clients will leave their session with an album or beautiful prints they can display in their home for years to come.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
All the parks and food trucks! We will be spending a lot of time outdoors and at dog friendly places. Lately I’ve really enjoyed taking my dog for walks at The Houston Arboretum. I might pack some food for us to enjoy there or pick up after our walk. MyLeigh’s Morsels cafe in Alvin, they have pretty much all the favorite foods. Evening drinks at Axelrad, 8th Wonder or East Side Backyard where dogs are allowed and food trucks often park! Happy Endings and The Rice Box are just two of my favorites! Seabrook Trails would be another perfect spot to walk the pups and then go get a waffle from Seabrook Waffle Co. to enjoy at the beach. Right by the beach is Maas Nursery! This Nursery also allows pups and they have any plant you can think of! Everyone there is so kind even the customers! They also allow professional photo sessions there! Their layout is so lovely, perfect for a morning date. Other parks would include Brazos Bend State Park, Independence park, Challenger Park and Huntsville Sate Park.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have an awesome support group made up of family and friends! They are so encouraging and supportive when it comes to new ideas or problem solving. So to anyone who has ever modeled for my new projects, proof read my blogs, allowed me to cry on their shoulder with no judgment, recommended me and my work, gave me feedback all while expecting nothing in return, this shoutout is for you!
Kat Ambrose (headshot)