We had the good fortune of connecting with Corinne Jackson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Corinne, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think it is so necessary to take risk in life. We hold ourselves back a lot because we fear the risk involved and don’t often think about the rewards. I took a really huge risk starting this career during the pandemic, but I knew if I didn’t go for it now then I would regret it. The reward has completely outweighed the risk and I continue to take risk in my career because as far as I’m concerned…what have I got to lose??

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a portrait, wedding, and elopement photographer with an editorial style. I’m really proud of myself for discovering my own style and sticking with it. I knew going into this that I wanted to do things my way and create what looks beautiful to me.

I’m really exciting to be doing weddings and elopements now. It wasn’t easy getting to this point in my career. I had to learn to be confident with my art and skill before I started photographing something as special and intimate as a wedding. Gaining confidence was my biggest challenge. I was constantly dealing with that dreaded “imposter syndrome” that plagues a lot of artist. But I overcame that by doing work that was challenging to me and being prepared for whatever the outcome is.

I’ve learned some key things on this journey so far: Building a business is really hard but extremely rewarding, Risk are necessary and can open so many doors, Seek inspiration but stick to what feels right to you, and don’t be afraid to invest in your education as an artist.

What I want the world to know about my story is that this was never something I thought I could do. Just 3 years ago I would have never thought starting a creative business was in the realm of possibilities for me. I’m a 34 single mother to a teenager and starting a career at this point in my life was risky. But I’m so happy I took the leap. I’m now doing what I’m passionate about and my brand is growing faster than I could have ever expected. I love capturing people and building those connections that make for beautiful photos. My focus as a photographer is to make people feel amazing, to capture genuine love, and pull people into my photos. I want you to feel like you’re there.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Saturday: First we would head to James Coffee in Bankers Hills for good coffee and pastries, then head to Balboa Park for a nice walk with a view of beautiful architecture and some nice museums. Lunch would be at Streetcar Merchants in North Park for some of the best soul food.

Sunday: we’d rise early and head up to Mount Laguna for a little forest hike, then head back to North Park for brunch at The Mission.

Monday: coffee and Italian style pastries at Cafe Callabria in North Park, then head up to the Point Loma Lighthouse for a beautiful view of San Diego, Lunch at BBQ House in Ocean Beach

Tuesday: Hike at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, grab dinner to go at OB Noodles House in Ocean Beach and head to Sunset Cliffs to watch the sun set over the ocean

Wednesday: coffee and delicious bagels at Spill the Beans Coffee in downtown SD and a walk along the harbor at Seaport Village

Thursday: Explore Ramona Grasslands and then grab dinner at Madison in University Heights

Friday: Head to Windansea Beach to relax and do some shopping in the Bird Rock area

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate this to all of my friends, my family, and all of the other photographers I’ve met through this journey so far. I have never had so much support and encouragement from people like I have since I started doing photography. I’ve been very fortunate to have a lot of cheerleaders in my corner and I’m not sure I would have had the confidence to take the risks I’ve taken without them.

Website: www.corinnelaloba.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/corinnelaloba

Facebook: Corinne LaLoba Photography

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