Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Rambo.
Jessica, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
It all started with a passion and a dream!
When I photographed my first paid session almost ten years ago, I had no idea where I was headed with my art, the career I was going to make out of it or even the people I would meet along the way. At the time,I was starting out I didn’t even know how to form a business much less create quality work. Fortunately, I met two selfless ladies who saw a fearlessness and drive in me. I assisted them at several portrait sessions, held off-camera flashes at weddings, and even carried a bag or two. Weekend after weekend I did whatever it took to learn and get a glimpse of the life I wanted to live. I understand that not everyone receives the blessing of free mentorship turned friendship, and for that, I feel extremely thankful for the invaluable lessons I’ve learned from them. Over the years, since then, I bettered myself and pushed the limits of what I knew. I took risks and got creative with my work and truly sought out a way to create photos that were uniquely my own. I photographed my business’ very first wedding five years ago, and with each passing year since I’m photographing more and more beautiful couples say ‘I do’ before their friends and family.
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 hasn’t always been easy, that’s for sure.
I was an artist first, before I began a photography business, and because of that learning the business side of running a photography business wasn’t so smooth sailing. The girl who doesn’t like math and would prefer to just be doing what she loves 100% of the time had to buckle down, and learn some important life tips on how this will actually work.
When I photographed my very first wedding five years ago, I was an interesting mix of excited and nervous. I had just two weeks prior learned how to use off-camera flash for the first time and this was taught over the phone by one of my best friends. That was challenging in and of itself, but I got the gist and applied what I was taught. Was it perfect the first wedding? Oh no, far from it! I remember having all kinds of issues, that were fixed and figured out without missing any photos. But I wasn’t turned away from it because I like a good challenge. Instead, I decided to learn as much as I could about flash and off-camera lighting. My eyes were opened to a whole new world of possibility!
Please tell us about Jessica Rambo Photography.
First and foremost, I view myself as a photographer, in the whole sense of the word. While I focus mainly on photographing weddings and documenting couples in love, I also have a passion for family and children photography. I choose not to limit myself in one direction, because there are so many avenues of photography worth experiencing. I want my clients to know that I’m an artist behind my camera, and that I’m there for them for life. If I photograph a couple’s wedding day, it brings an immense amount of joy to my heart to return and photograph the next milestones of their life together. When I’m not photographing beautiful, smiling faces, I’m shooting commercial work- often product and real estate photography. And on the off chance, I actually have free time from my busy schedule, I’m documenting the life around me. I’m photographing for myself, whether that means travel photography, or a styled shoot.
I’m most proud that I’ve remained an artist throughout this crazy journey, and that I haven’t allowed myself to fall stagnant in my work and you can see the growth in my images. I believe what sets my business apart is the way I get creative. I’m known for my creative shots! My clients know from the first time we meet that I’m an individual who loves to get creatively weird at any time during a wedding day, day or night. I offer every couple the opportunity to take night portraits during the reception, which are always a blast!
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
This is funny, and one I had forgotten about until my mom recently reminded me of it! When I was around seven years old, my cousin and I had found one of those Kodak disposable cameras – you know, the ones you wind up before each shot? Apparently, I was quite the photographer and had gone around the house taking photos of my cousin, of myself and of every little random thing I could find. I filled an entire roll of film, and put the camera down without parents realizing. My mom had no idea I had done this until she took the film to be developed two months later!
- Wedding photography starting at $2800
- Portrait sessions are $350
- Website: www.jessicarambo.com
- Phone: 817-760-9663
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/jessicarambophoto
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/jessicarambophoto
Jessica Rambo Photography, Headshot Photo by Popography