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Meet Jill Alexander

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jill Alexander.

Jill, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My photography journey really began about seven years ago. You see, I am a former 2nd-grade elementary school teacher and resigned after having my second child. I had always loved taking photographs even from a very young age. After my kids were born, I became that mom that took a photo of every single little memory/milestone, so that I could always remember it.

This sparked a passion of mine that I knew had always been there. My supportive husband then bought me my first professional camera as a Christmas gift and I was hooked. Photography was a way for me to be more creative and stay connected to the world around me while being a stay at home mom. It became one of my purposes in life. I wanted to help preserve moments in time for others. I knew I wanted to turn this purpose into a business.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
No, it has not always been a smooth road, but is starting any business smooth? My main struggle has always been to find a way to stand out in this business. It’s become an oversaturated business in a lot of areas. I’ve learned to stop comparing myself to others and to just do what I know I need too to get the best portraits for my clients and continue to grow as a professional.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Jill Alexander Photography – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
My photography business specializes in photographing families in an outdoor setting and lifestyle newborn portraits. When it comes to my portraits themselves, I feel like I’m known for my vibrant and warm colors. I love the way colors portray emotions. My favorite portraits always tend to be the not too posed portraits. I always try to get that one Christmas card photo first and then try to help my clients loosen up to catch candid photos. I believe my teaching background has really helped me find ways to connect with children and help them feel comfortable in front of the camera. I’m honestly most proud of how far I’ve come in such little time. I’m always trying to find workshops, editing tutorials, and ways to improve my skills. It’s never ending learning process and am always willing to continue to grow.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
My plans for the future are to keep going and pushing myself in this business. I always want to keep learning and improving.

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