We had the good fortune of connecting with Natalia Jones and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Natalia, how do you think about risk?
I believe taking risks is crucial to growing In all aspects. The feeling of uncertainty has taken the fear of failure away which has allowed me to put myself in many uncomfortable situations. I am a very spontaneous person that leads me to make very last minute decisions such as leaving jobs and my stability to travel and explore different countries with no fallback plans. I started investing in my business very early on and since then have jumped into different facets of photography, one being newborn photography that resulted in creating my own in home studio that has opened multiple doors for my freelance business. Regardless of the outcome I have always walked away with more experience and more knowledge leading me to further success and most importantly, confidence.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have always been intrigued by documenting everything through photos and videos since I was young. My love for photography itself didn’t start until a friend inspired me to get my first DSLR in 2017 and I have not put it down since. I started an Instagram for my friends to see my photos which eventually led me to the business side of things around 2019. A couple of years later, I have now quit my job to work up to be a full time portrait and lifestyle photographer. As a very shy person , I have challenged myself to take initiative towards my passion as well as my business. I aim to create a relationship with all of my clients beyond the photography , while capturing priceless memories. I feel the most proud when I get to document not one but many of their special milestones. One thing I have learned about owning a small business is that you can take the lead role in whatever you choose to pursue. In an industry as competitive as this one , I would want everyone to know that there will always be someone to compare yourself to but it is important to believe in your work and your process.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I wanted to show a friend around Houston I would take them to MF sushi because sushi is my favorite food. We would go to secret garden in the museum district for the atmosphere. I also love going to Montrose, getting coffee at agora and looking through the thrift stores!
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?
As cliche as it might sound , I am the person I am today because of my Mom. I have watched her start her own business from the ground up & have seen the good, the bad and the ugly of being an entrepreneur. I also cannot fail to mention my friend Janell Diaz who has played multiple roles since the start of NJP from being my biggest supporter , critic & assisting & styling shoots. We share the same passions and im so thankful for our friendship.