You know, a while ago if you asked me whether or not I’d be shooting a magazine editorial, I would feel silly because we both knew I could say yes/maybe and at best I could probably make it to a geocities page. We would probably end up watching random cat videos instead.

I never saw my photography really going anywhere other than facebook and my city. I always felt like I was sub-par, just existing. Am I even really a photographer?! Aren’t I just a graphic designer?! How am I even getting better?

Someone who cared a lot about me and supported my work from the beginning mentioned me to the associate editor of a magazine. I was told to email her, and I did. After the editor looked at my work, I was offered to shoot them – one of the largest magazines in Michigan. I absolutely could not believe it. Is she literally sending this message to the right person?!

Up until now I’ve simply been doing outdoor shoots collaborating with friends who were also creatives. We would sweat off 20 pounds or turn into popsicles taking photos but at least I didn’t need $70,000 worth of outdoor lighting. The sun was my best softbox.

Given information that the photoshoot was to be indoors put me in a tiny panic mode. Well damnit, now I’ll have to depend on the lightbulbs they have up there. Let’s all pray that they have 40 really large windows on each wall.

Having done only one photoshoot indoors made me nervous. But if I wanted to excel in this industry I would eventually have to just dive in. The only thing keeping me comfortable was my ability to work well with given light and the fact that I was literally best friends with Photoshop. Move around a 50 pound softbox around and don’t shoot at angles that make the model look like Gumby and I think we’re okay. A fellow photographer friend also came along with lots of lighting equipment and helped me immensely.

I’ll probably be noting my entire experience in another blog post with photos, but for now, this is all I can say! Contracts signed and everything else, better safe to not give out too many details at this moment!


  1. October 22, 2013 at 12:31 am Dannielle

    Congratulations and good luck!

  2. November 11, 2013 at 6:31 pm Joon

    Jess Jess Jess, it’s been too long. I’m glad you didn’t close swimchick.net before I was able to find this site. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, you probably don’t remember me haha after all it’s been several years. Hm, let’s just say I have been a regular visitor (def not a stalker I promise) of swimchick (for excellent tutorials and web resources oh and not to mention blogs too) and several of your live video chats as well from before (you and your mates sang a song dedicated to my name lol!) though I forget how it went. :/ Anyways, I’m surprised to see you stepping into the professional world of photography because I myself am very much immersed in the world of photography as well and hope to change that into a life long career. And with that, a thousand congratulations for being given this excellent opportunity of shooting for their magazine! How exciting is that? I’d definitely be more than interested to know how it went for you. I know that with your talent with photoshop and design you will go VERY far in this highly competitive field. Unfortunately it has been years since I have stopped web designing and managing my own blog site, but hopefully in the future I will open a photography site to upload my portfolio and blogs onto! Until then, keep posting as I will be a more regular visitor to your new site (not a stalker I promise! lol).

  3. December 8, 2013 at 9:16 pm Danielle

    This is wonderful news! Well we have to brave in facing things outside our comfort zone. :D

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