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Meet Emmarie Jackson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emmarie Jackson.

Emmarie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My interest in photography started about nine years ago. I found inspiration with my children. In my case, my oldest daughter was 2 years old, and I loved taking her pictures. I found that to be therapeutic, and taking her pictures became learning ground for me. As I was getting deeper into it, I challenged myself to keep learning. I trained my eye to see flaws in my work, and for a while, I had a hard time finding my own style. Now, I go with clean and fresh edits. My weddings are candid and in the moment shots, and my portraiture is glamour, beauty based and Vanity Fair inspired.

Since then, I had built my own brand of photography. I now offer weddings, destination weddings, portraiture, and even video. The video portion was accidental. My interest in video started as I decided to craft marketing videos for my portraiture.

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?
It definitely has not been smooth. I had tried multiple times to get my photography business going. Since I also work as an Accountant, finding the time to dedicate to marketing myself is a challenge. I had to give up a few things to get to where I currently am right now. And even today, I still have to be smart on choosing projects to take on, so that not to overload myself.

Please tell us about your work.
I would like to think of myself as a versatile artist. I am not just limited to one thing. Right now, I am proud to say that I specialize in small to medium-sized weddings where I offer photography, video coverage, photo booth services, even wedding cakes and florals. I think that is what sets me apart from other businesses. Everything I offer is my own brand, I do not outsource to other vendors.

My oldest daughter who is now 11 years old helps me with our cake business. She bakes, and I decorate. I also have a small team to help me with florals and a photo booth. Hopefully business will flourish and I can expand into doing larger weddings.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
As a young girl, I was never athletic. I didn’t engage in sports, or dance. I remember being “book smart” and I always engaged in academic activities. But somehow, I felt there was also a creative side to me. I remember loving being in the women’s clothing section at the department store, looking at mannequins and thinking of ways to make them look good. I guess this was my first sign that I was into creating things.

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Image Credit:
Michelle Weibling Nolte (for my personal image)

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