We had the good fortune of connecting with Jason Sebastian and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jason, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
The business started through my wife and my personal story. In only a few years of being married and having a daughter, my perspective has changed. I’ve come to see how my words influence them both and I take great care to lift them up daily. Conversely, the images they see on TV, social media, and in life relentlessly tell them how they should look and feel, and it breaks my heart that they don’t see themselves as nothing but absolutely beautiful, just as they are. I could see how self-doubt could settle into a woman as she goes through life, where seeds of self-doubt become so rooted that they carry a self-image that doesn’t truly reflect who they truly are. I lift my wife up daily to remind her how amazing she is, but she never believed me. After all, I’m her husband – I’m supposed to call her that, right?
So I began to shoot images of my wife so she could see what I see. Her response to seeing her own unedited, unaltered images? “WOW, THAT’S ME?! I can’t believe I was able to do that! I can’t believe I look that way!
I look incredible!” How has she changed? She now walks in confidence, with courage and carries it with her.
She now BELIEVES she is beautiful, gorgeous, and powerful. and YES, SEXY! She is more joy-filled. She doesn’t compare herself anymore to others. Above all, she loves herself. She then encouraged me to share this gift with other everyday women, wife, and mothers. JSeboudior Studios was born.
The selfless everyday woman, wife, and mother relentlessly manages never-ending tasks and priorities that she can default to putting her needs last. Going through life-changes like marriage and pregnancy or new seasons in life that need her attention leaves little time to exercise, get her nails done, or enjoy a much-needed massage. The queen of
the house can end up feeling frumpy, unpolished, or shabby. We at JSeboudoir help women rediscover their self-confidence and self worth and re-invigorate their spirits through a powerful photography session that leaves her feeling alluring, radiant, and gorgeous! The way a woman sees herself matters the most – not my vision, not her friends’, not her significant other’s.
To the woman reading this: your voice matters and you deserve to see your boudoir vision come to life. Even if these photos are a gift for someone else, this experience should still be about you and make you feel fabulous. Whether the vision for your images is dark & moody or fun & playful, the most important key of a boudoir photoshoot is that you feel beautiful, empowered, sexy, beheld, and seen in the way you want to be seen. Let us unveil your inner beauty with this once in a lifetime experience. Once your own wellspring is full, you can continue pouring joyfully into the lives of those you love! You will take this experience and carry it with you for a lifetime: feeling confident and most importantly, believing you are beautifully and wonderfully made.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
JSeboudoir Studios is based in Orange County, California and we offer luxury boudoir photography experiences to the everyday woman, wife, and mother. What sets us apart from others is Jen and my personal story as well as what motivates and drives our business – our faith. We are Christian and our faith permeates every aspect of our photography business. Our mission is to help every woman, wife, and mother see themselves as we feel our Creator sees them: beautifully and wonderfully made. We aim to fulfill our mission by capturing images of our clients with a servant’s heart. Our aim is that each woman will rediscover her self-confidence and self worth, re-invigorating her spirit that leaves her feeling alluring, radiant, and gorgeous! Part of our company branding is also presenting sexuality in a way that communicates to the world: sexuality is a beautiful and powerful and can be celebrated, in the right context!
I am most proud of the emotional and psychological transformation my clients walk away with after their boudoir photo session. I get to come alongside them in their journey of self-acceptance and discovery, cheering them on as they continue the process of redefining their self-image. I’m excited of the thought of other clients I have yet to meet, learning about their stories, and helping them champion their own lives and story.
I got to where I am in my business today through intentionality, the willingness to learn (i.e. fail fast and fail forward), and learning from others who have similar goals. It has definitely not been easy, nor has it been a linear growth and progression. I am first and foremost a stay at home father and the challenge of work-life balance is a continuous endeavor. I overcame the challenge by implementing project management and CRM tools that organize my to-do lists as well as consulting a project management specialist to show me how to leverage these resources for my business. This has helped me stay on-task more consistently as well as taking actionable steps to move forward in my business.
Lessons I have learned along the way are: finding joy in serving your clients, taking actionable steps every day, and doing your best to stay consistent!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Hands down, I would take us to Downtown Santa Ana to eat at an incredible restaurant called “Detention”! It used to be called Playground 2.0 but has evolved since then. It has the MOST incredible dessert, Sticky Toffee Pudding. It is not an over exaggeration to say that it changed my life! If I am at any restaurant and their dessert menu has sticky toffee pudding listed, it has now become a rule of mine to try their rendition. They all fall short to Detention’s version!
I also love good American BBQ, and there is an amazing place in Garden Grove called The SmoKING Ribs. Sometimes you just want a delicious plate of tasty pork ribs with a crackling, crispy sweet skin, with tender juicy meat. Lay on some fries, blueberry cornbread, and mac and cheese on the side with an ice cold root beer to round out your meal, and you’ll be SO happy!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My wife. She has been my #1 fan from the start and has always seen my creativity and passion for serving others with photography. She reminds me of these aspects when I cannot see it in myself. I have sat on this dream for several years and only talked about starting it. Only with my wife’s encouragement to take the leap did I start booking shoots and begin building my portfolio last year. If not for her courage and willingness to be alongside me every step of the way, I would not be here sharing this with you today. I’m grateful for her boldness, courage, wisdom, and unwavering commitment to my vision.