I have to admit I haven’t always liked to write which is honestly how I started my photography journey. It all began in high school yearbook class. I made a choice publication writing really wasn’t my interest so I joined the photography team and loved the 3 years I was on it. Once I got into college, I got more in depth into the arts, business and (surprisingly) writing. In fact, I took just about every writing course that I could. I found I really do love it! Never did I imagine that it would take me to where I am today. And so the story is written...
My journey with Just Believe started almost 3 years ago. I started photographing seniors and weddings which grew into church events, business marketing, families, children, pets, babies, and other lifestyle moments. About 7 months ago, I was having a talk with a fellow photographer friend and the conversation turned to me having my portrait taken. Now…that was a hard pill to swallow. Why you say? Well it’s one thing to be the photographer and it’s another to be the client being photographed. I admit I HAD insecurities and that was why I had to do this. And, yes, there may have been a few tears...ok yes there were. I had to be vulnerable but I also had to see myself in a different light-- through the camera lens (God’s eye). It took several months later before I agreed to do this. Of course I thought I needed to loose weight, get toned up and then there was the excuse “I can’t do this because I have kids and this is a selfish thing to do.” But for just one afternoon I had to close it all down and just think about me and celebrate who I am and where I’m at in my life. Who am I? A pastor's wife, a mommy, daughter, sister, friend, sister-in-Christ, a photographer with a passion, just Jill. I celebrate because God has brought me sooo far in my life. It's a path that I didn't envision but I wouldn't trade for anything. I've gained some of the greatest friendships and a business that has grown into my ministry.
If you have never done anything like this then I encourage you to be bold with me and celebrate you! We get lost in all our other jobs that it's easy to lose sight of self. Trust me, I know...I was a stay at home mommy for 5 years but I wouldn't change that either. And just to note….I did NOT go shopping for this photo session. I dug through my gold mine of a closet and pulled my outfits together. I like to be as thrifty as possible.
So below I am sharing with you several of my portraits. I did it. I survived. And I loved every minute! I’m strong. I’m bold. I’ve got a mission.
Mission: Confident Woman.
One of my favorite poses...I love my red high heals!
Photo credit: Brenda Baird