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Conversations with the Inspiring Jacklynn Lomeli

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jacklynn Lomeli.

Jacklynn, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved photography. It all started on my cell phone when I was 18, then I bought a digital camera, then I saved up enough to finally buy my first DSLR Canon Rebel camera. I loved capturing candid shots, shots where people weren’t paying attention, where they were beautifully laughing. Those photos, the emotions, moved me & were the photos I wanted to take for people for them to leave for their loved ones. Photography was my hobby, that quickly turned into my passion to pursue my business, now, here I am, 32 years old photographing the most beautiful families, birthdays, graduates & weddings.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
This definitely wasn’t a smooth road for me, but I quickly learned that consistency was the key, along with determination. YOU have to be your number 1 fan, YOU have to struggle & constantly challenge yourself every day! Getting out of your comfort zone is the best way to find your art; even then, your mindset & work will continue to change. I don’t know how many times I was knocked down, how many times I let the little things get to me. How many new people I met & how many people I cut out of my life. See, every year has its lessons learned & every year, you learn more about yourself! If you aren’t changing, you aren’t learning & if you aren’t learning, you aren’t growing. I constantly remind myself to count my blessings; that the good will always outweigh the bad & bad times don’t last forever.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I photograph just about anything, except newborns. I specialize in details & emotions. If you can’t feel the emotions in my photos, then I’m not doing my job! I’m a people person! I can walk in a room alone & walk out knowing a few people who I befriended in that room. My key is to make my clients feel & be as comfortable as they can be with me. I bring music, I talk to them the entire time, and most importantly, I kill them with humor. I always hug my clients at the end of each session, because of: 1. I ask for a hug. 2. By that point, they feel so comfortable to do so. I want them to feel like family, that I care, that I’m not there to just shoot their session & take their money. I go that extra mile for their comfort & love EVERY TIME.

Do you have a lesson or advice you’d like to share with young women just starting out?
It’s going to be hard at first to prosper & get to where you want to be at, but always remember that it’ll be worth it. No one is or will ever be better than you, that this is YOUR art & you’ll create it! Consistency is the key and practice! Last, but not least, don’t ever be afraid of change, change is good! We never stop learning or growing.

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