We had the good fortune of connecting with Jasmine Dandridge and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jasmine, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I worked for a photo studio where clients were treated very poorly. That was my 1st experience in the photo industry seeing how people treat it like its retail vs a service. Witnessing that sparked a fire in me. I vowed in myself that if given the chance, I’d never treat my clients that way. Fast forward 6 years later, I am able to say proudly none of my clients and I have experienced any issues like such. I often would see amazing women doing exactly what i’ve always wanted to do. “I could be an influence just like them” was something that crossed my mind every time I logged in. It was inspiring! Til this day, I still look up to them.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My photography comes from a place of artistry. Before I picked up a camera, I was classically trained in music and made a lot of art by hand. I wanted to be a violinist, but the one who did it in style. I also wanted to create pottery and large canvases for museums. This type of art kept my eye for color sharp, which helped when I got a job in formalwear fashion and becoming an entrepreneur. Now, I strive to ensure the colors of my clients personality is shown through their photo shoots. What sets me apart is I am very involved and customer service based in each and every part of my business. I do not want them to feel as though I don’t understand them because I am not present. in 2012, I picked up a camera. Little did I know, Id be here now. I’ve took every business and work experience as a learning lesson and applied it to my business. When I got my LLC, I ensure I invested in business communities and mentorships I knew would help me grow. It is not easy one bit. People often think we just take photos and edit, thats not the case at all. Im the social media marketer, website designer, bookkeeper, customer service manager, and so much more! Only way to overcome these things is to get through them. If you delegate each task to others or do them yourself, thats depending on your abilities. For myself, Ive found templates and other service platforms super helpful (such as etsy). One thing i’ve learned from this experience is that if someone wanted to, they would’ve. When all you have is someone else’s word, their action really speak loudly. If they wanted to share your business with friends and family, they would’ve done so. If they wanted to help or book you, they would’ve. Another lesson is to have a community that you pour into and pours into you.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents and family have always supported my wildest dreams. I am thankful beyond measures for them both, especially for listening to me during my hard days. To my internet friends (the ones you build connections with but have yet to meet), you all keep me inspired. Kenny, Dre’Auna, Khalidah, Thomas, Abiy, Prez, my family. To the community I love from the bottom of my heart, StreetMeetDc! You all invested in me when I was a broke college student. My mentors, Pharris Photos out of Dallas Tx, God bless you for pouring into me. The list is endless, I cant name everyone.