We had the good fortune of connecting with Jazmine Watson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jazmine, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
When I first began photography, I was a stay-at-home-mom. My schedule was usually open any day during the mornings and evenings for photoshoots as long as I had someone to watch my son. For a few years, it was a challenge to balance family time along with photography because I was managing everything in my business by myself. Consultations, emailing, messaging across multiple social sites, advertising, location scouting, researching, finances, site-building, blogging, creating marketing material, photographing, culling images, editing, uploading, delivering, upgrading equipment… I did it all alone. It was very overwhelming, especially editing multiple sessions at the same time. Insomnia became the norm, but handling such a large workload caused a lot of stress which lead to the neglect of a lot of family time, which I regret. Things have slowed down over the last year and a half and have balanced out nicely. Last year, I was in school pursuing my Masters in Online Marketing and began working full time with the state after becoming a single mom. Since I began working full-time, it forced me to do photography part-time on the weekends. My job allowed us to work from home after Covid-19 hit Texas, and now I get to spend so much more time with my son! On the weekends, I still get to do the thing I love with much better time management. It’s all about finding the balance in what allows you to enjoy life while still being able to enjoy the work you love doing.
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.
What my work does is radiate a colorful, fun experience that allows my subjects to be energetic, confident and bold. I intentionally choose colorful environments that compliment everyone’s vibrant personalities or places that will help them to let loose and pull out their inner Beyoncé. What I’m most proud of is that I took the leap of faith and started the business. A few months in, I was ready to quit because I wasn’t getting as much work as I thought I should have been. I realized that it wasn’t realistic to sit and wait for clients to come to me if they didn’t know I existed. Photographing was only a small portion of my business, if not the smallest. Business is mostly made of research, marketing, and advertising, especially when trying to build trust to gain clientele. One lesson I’ve learned along the way is that in order to grow, you have to step out of your comfort zone. During the first few years, outdoor photography was all I specialized in because it was the area I was most comfortable. It was a limiting service to my clients and myself, especially if the weather was unkind. About 2 years ago, I began having photoshoots indoors at aesthetically pleasing restaurants, shops, and interactive museums. It was an instant hit for everyone! What I want to learn next is how to use off-camera-flash and video, and I can’t wait!
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Since I’m in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, I would definitely say check out Pho District in downtown Fort Worth! My best friends and I LOVE that place!!! We always order the Steak & Brisket Pho or Chicken Pho bowls and devour them in their entirety. If we were to stay in a hotel, I would recommend Virgin Hotels in Dallas. It’s modern & up-to-date in design trends. Virgin Hotels seems like mostly catered to the 20-35 age group with a DJ playing music on the 4th-floor by the pool area during the weekends. It feels like you aren’t even in Texas! For lighthearted fun, I would recommend checking out an interactive museum, such as the Museum of Memories or the Sweet Tooth Hotel. I went to Candytopia & Museum of Memories last year in Dallas and they were both so much fun! Sweet Tooth Hotel has been on my list of must-visits for a while because everyone I know who has gone really had a great time. Since I’m not into the club scene, I would recommend going to a jazz lounge such as Scats or even a piano bar like Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar in downtown Fort Worth. Both offer different vibes, but they’re still very enjoyable!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Becoming a parent is definitely what inspired me to go into photography, so if it weren’t for my son, I wouldn’t have become a photographer. My son’s father encouraged me to go in this direction as well. I remember being hesitant in purchasing my first camera (a Canon 7D) and he nudged me to make the move, otherwise, it wasn’t going to happen. I’m so glad I made the purchase! A year later, I was able to quit my job and do photography full time. My mom and my grandmother helped me purchase my 2nd camera (Canon 5D Mark II) about 2 years later, and it’s the main camera I still use. Honestly, all of my friends, family, old & new colleagues are supportive of what I do! All of my wonderful clients are the reason for my success as well! It’s a blessing to have so many people encourage you to take a leap on faith and support you! Shoutout to all of you!
For the photo of me (white dress with a blue cardigan) with my son, credit Chris Myers (my son’s father).
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