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Art & Life with Jeff Dachroeden

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeff Dachroeden.

Jeff, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
When I was about eight years old, I remember seeing a commercial for a small point and shoot camera on TV and decided that I wanted to save up some money to buy it. I think it was about $20 or so. Once I saved up enough money, my parents took me to the store and I bought the camera and some film. I don’t remember what I took pictures of, probably Legos or my dog, but I do remember falling in love with making the images. I took that camera on family vacations, to school, and pretty much anywhere else that I could. I remember wanting to be many different things when I grew up, but somehow photographer was the one that stuck the longest. Over the years, I took different classes, bought new gear, and learned a ton of new things, but eventually drifted away from photography. In 2018, my wife and I went on our honeymoon to Iceland and I decided to buy a used Sony A6000 for the trip just so that I could have a way to capture the majesty of that country properly. It wasn’t until this trip that I regained my passion, and now all I want to do is take pictures again.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Portraits are my main focus. I love being able to show people images of themselves that evoke positive memories and feelings. I want people to be able to look at a photo that I took of them and feel good about themselves. I try to be real with my images, but also flattering. I’m not looking to create an image that will change the world or anything like that. My main goal is to help preserve a happy memory that someone can share with the people close to them.

How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
Creating images that I’m proud of and that my subjects are happy with are my two biggest factors in determining my success. There really isn’t anything more to it than that. The first time I really felt successful was when I emailed a client her engagement pictures and then texted her about an hour later to let her know. She replied that she had seen them and loved them so much that she had already printed and framed several of them. It was one of my first paid shoots, so it was such a relief to hear how much she liked them and now I want to do everything I can to feel that feeling again.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Currently, Instagram is my most frequently updated method of sharing my work. Anyone can follow me on there @JDachPhoto. I typically only post one or two images from each shoot on Instagram and the rest go on my website, which is The best way to support is to follow me or share my contact information with friends and family that are looking for a photographer.

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Image Credit:
All images taken by me (Jeff Dachroeden/JDachPhoto)

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