We had the good fortune of connecting with Jackie Batch and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jackie, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
The last 6 years of building my business have been a juggling act, but I have recently settled into a more peaceful idea of what my work/life balance looks like.
I’ve always had mixed feelings about the idea of “mastering” work/life balance…maybe that is because I always felt it was so out of reach. I mean, how could it even be possible to truly balance all the things that I care about?
In the past, my perspective focused too heavily on the idea of “balance.” Even thinking back to it, I can visualize all my responsibilities, relationships, and desires piled into a teetering tower, just a breeze away from burn out.
At the start of 2021, we welcomed a wild little girl into our lives. She completely changed my perspective on busyness, rest, and this vague, highly-coveted idea of balance.
That started early on in my pregnancy, when I heard this podcast that talked about how never-ending our “to-do” lists are…
…not that we do too much or expect too much, but simply the idea that there will ALWAYS be things to do. It’s defeating when we focus our energy on this impossible notion of getting to the end of the list. And if we reserve our rest for that distant time, we either don’t rest at all or we do so with a layer of guilt attached.
After hearing that, I noticed a real shift take place for the first time. If I see my to-do list as the growing, changing, and active thing that it is, I’m free from that hustle mentality, and the door opens for flexibility.
Along with that, I have been growing a better understanding (and acceptance) of seasons. Balance now looks more like an ebb and flow of shifting priorities than the toppling tower I managed before.
In the last few months, my business took a step to the side as I dove head-first into motherhood…but as my little girl gains more and more independence, I am already seeing the seasons slowly shift. As things change and progress, I’m either working more or putting more focus on her. Instead of stressing that I can’t possibly do it all, I see opportunities for refreshed perspective and intentionality in both areas.
I have big dreams and big goals for both my family and my business…knowing that the seasons for pursuing those will come in waves allows me a clearer focus, more intentional rest, and inevitably creates a truer sense of balance.
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.
My business has shifted considerably in the last few years, as I have specialized in working with women and shooting Boudoir & Intimate Portraiture. In all honesty, I still haven’t landed on a satisfying “elevator pitch” when explaining the work I do.
I’ve never liked the word “boudoir.” It gives a clear enough idea to most people, but it excludes so much. It simplifies a truly transformative and healing experience.
When I started shooting intimate portraits, it felt important and empowering in ways that I couldn’t quite put words to. I was excited to be helping women feel sexy + confident while learning to love what they see in the mirror.
– but as I’ve grown in this niche, I’ve encountered the truth that these sessions have far less to do with body image than it seems.
It would feel neat + tidy to toss this genre into a box, hash-tagged “body positive” to my heart’s content…but that only scratches the surface.
Most women have lived having our bodies labeled and defined by others . Being taught that our worth is attached to that label, and yet taking care of it (heaven-forbid loving it) is vain and selfish.
I create space for women to unapologetically show love for themselves.
Portraiture is incredibly vulnerable by nature and each session is as unique as the women coming into it. Whether that looks like spicy lingerie in a studio, baring all in the wilderness, or intentionally styled outfits in the comfort of your home, I curate an experience that allow you to embrace who you are right now and know that it is enough.
These experiences open up a safe place for raw conversation and real impact within relationships and the community. At the end of the day I want my clients to walk away with so much more than just beautiful photos.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am 100% biased in that my ideal itinerary would almost solely revolve around beer and Mexican food…how perfectly San Diegan!
After having lived in Ocean Beach for sometime, I would have to start my recommendations with a plate of Chilequilles at Wonderland Pub and brewery hopping all afternoon making sure to hit OB Brewery, Culture Brewing and Belching Beaver. Then devouring a late night California Burrito at Sunshine Saloon along with a game of pool.
Nowadays I spend a lot of my time in Solana Beach along the 101 and Cedros. For a more slow paced afternoon you can’t go wrong with exploring “Pill Box” and Cardiff Beaches or wandering in and out of funky art boutiques along Cedros Avenue.
My favorite thing about San Diego is the immense diversity available within an hour in any direction. You can truly surf, climb and snowboard all in the same day. My own hobbies cater well to finding interesting spaces for photo sessions as I like to hike and climb all over Mission Trails and Mount Laguna. Those are two other places I would highly recommend finding time to visit, whether for a sunrise hike or making a day of it.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Absolutely! I mean, could probably list incredible, supportive people for days but my biggest shout out definitely goes to my husband, Christian.
From the very start of my pursuit of photography, he not only pushed me to “go for it,” but did so without guilt through our leaner financial times. While it would have been easiest to just lock down steady jobs that we knew would make ends meet, he really encouraged me to create something for myself and we jumped into the unknown completely in it together.
I am forever grateful for the team that we are and the life we have created together!