We had the good fortune of connecting with Jill Goehring and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jill, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
That it is not everyone who has a profession camera can take professional photos.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Thank you! I am a wedding photographer meaning I focus on perfectionizing my craft in the wedding industry. Can I also do other types of photography like newborn, portraits, landscape… Yes! But it will not be as good. I am most proud that I am efficient with any weather/lighting condition. When it comes to the wedding day, nobody can tell in advance whether it will be a beautiful sunny day or one with tropical storm. Being a professional photographer is being able to work under any lighting conditions and the photographs still turn out beautiful. I am also proud that I can take authentic photos and preserve my couple’s legacy during their special day. Moments are really important during a wedding. Because once it is gone, I (or the marrying couple) can’t re-do the event. And even if we can, the rawness of the moment probably won’t be there anymore. So I am honored to say that I have been doing a pretty good job at catching the raw moments which otherwise are gone forever. My professional career in photography is a challenging one, yet very fulfilling. I started almost 5 years ago with just a camera and two sets of lenses. I learned from anything (Youtube) and everyone (other professional photographers) who were willing to teach me. It sure was not easy at first. Being a brand new photographer means I had to gain a lot of trust for people to book me. Lucky for me, I was surrounded by people who were so willing to share their knowledge and expertise like Jessi Phinney from Two Hearts Photography and Films and Raymond Nguyen from Passion Studio… And there are countless other mentors/teachers that I had along the way. The biggest lession that I have learned is “You can’t wake up one day and become something or someone you have not already been becoming.” (by Ben Hartly). I feel like being a small business owner, especially in a highly saturated market like the wedding industry of Houston, I have to constantly learning, and improvise; otherwise, I won’t be advancing at the same speed with others. My favorite aspect of my brand and personality is authenticity. I always try to keep everything genuine. I think that is the reason why I can attract clients that like the same thing,
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Interesting questions! 1st day: we will explore downtown Houston and I will show her all the signature parts (like the “be someone” sign on freeway 45, or the Houston mural next to Market square….); we will also visit little hidden spots like Secret Garden Cafe, Sak Garage, Houston tunnel…. 2nd day: I will take my friend to NASA, because I have never been there myself. 3rd day: Houston museum district. 4th day: We will visit a farmer market and eat at the famous Killeen BBQ 5th day: China town! we will have family style dinner at one of the restaurant in the area and have some Taiwanese cake for dessert. 6th day: Houston city center and lunch at Hmart on Blablock with a lot of choices from all of the food vendors in there. 7th day: Old Town Spring and eat at CorkScrew BBQ
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Jessi Phinney from Two Hearts Photography and Films definitely deserves a lot of credit for my success.
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