We had the good fortune of connecting with Jasmine Kossie and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jasmine, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
It amazes me when I reflect over the years how I had to adjust my work life balance. When I first started my business, I was attending college. I had to balance maintaining good grades while running my business. Right after graduating college I got married and moved to Houston, Texas. I shifted my time from being in school to building a healthy marriage while still running my business. After being married for some years, I had my daughter Elliana. My work life balance at this point changed drastically and I took a pause on my work life for a little while. For her sake, I often sacrifice time away from my projects to make sure I am intentional in loving/caring for her. I am back doing business but I try not to overload myself now that my time is more divided. Overall it is important to keep first things first. I strive to keep God first. After God comes family, friends and then work. I don’t have it all together but I am thankful to God for His grace and getting me through it all.
What should our readers know about your business?
I own a photography business called Captured By JJ. Being a photographer means more to me than snapping a picture, its about capturing God’s creation and showing the world His wonderful masterpieces. I get excited when I get to capture images for new clients and also when I get to reunite with past clients. I believe I got to where I am today by starting to take pictures on my college campus. Most of my first clients were students attending college with me. After college, I still received a lot of clients by word of mouth from my college friends. The main challenge I face is making sure I remember this is a business because it first started out as a passion I did in my free time without receiving money. I had to overcome this challenge by educating myself on how to run a business and more specifically how to run a photography business. I learned that even though I would love doing photography for free, I had to factor in the time I sacrifice away from family and the cost to keep the business running. Overall, I just want to say I love and appreciate my clients for allowing me to capture their special moments.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?
I still have a lot to learn about the big city of Houston! A lot of the time I will I still have a lot to learn about the big city of Houston! A lot of the time I will take my friends to the Galleria Mall, the Woodlands Mall, an escape room, or just to see a view of the buildings in Downtown Houston. For food, I would recommend The Turkey Leg Hut, Pappasitos, Snooze, The Breakfast Klub, The Toasted Yolk, and Gracies. I would also show them my favorite parks such as Discovery Green, Hermann Park, and the Buffalo Bayou Park.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?
For me it’s not a real shoutout unless I first give glory to God, who is the reason why I live and am able to do my business. I owe it all to Him! My parents are my biggest fans in the world, always willing to support anyway they can. My husband is my greatest team mate, he’s there with me through the ups and downs of entrepreneurship. Lastly, I want to shout out my Sam Houston State friends, they always come to me to photograph different stages of their lives and spread the word about my business.