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

Hi Jennifer, what do you want your legacy to be?
I want to leave behind art that’s made an impact. I hope my children will feel my love for them when they look back on the photographs I take of our family. I want them to know that I notice their unique personalities and talents, and I treasure all the little moments with them as well as the big ones. I really do appreciate the small things like going to the park, riding bikes, or hanging out watching movies. World and personal events can be overwhelming at times, so I want to be known for noticing and recording beauty and preserving happy memories. I want people to remember that I’m not only passionate about photography, but passionate about the reasons behind making photographs. I pour a great deal of time and energy into client sessions so that my clients will have the best memories that I can deliver. More than anything, I hope that my client photographs prompt emotions and convey the genuine connections between family members or display the true personality and expressions of a graduating senior.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve been photographing my own kids for ages, and they suffer from “photographer kid syndrome” which means they often aren’t interested in cooperating with my photo ideas! Although it’s frustrating that they don’t care to be photographed, it’s made me excel at documenting them in unposed situations, on the fly, and in unusual places. I love using this talent in my client sessions. Typical posed family photos are a must for every session, but I also love delivering documentary style photos that tell a story and have a creative edge.

I’m always reading tutorials, taking courses, and trying new techniques so that I’m improving my technical and creative skills. However, I know technical ability isn’t the only ingredient to a successful photography business. Most people aren’t used to being in front of the camera and it can be nerve-racking for them, so I aim to deliver a great client experience from inquiry to gallery delivery. Before the session, I send out information to help clients prepare for the shoot and during the shoot I work on easing nerves and having a good time. To remind myself what it’s like to be in front of the camera, I set up my tripod from time to time for self-portraits. Even I feel awkward for the first few minutes photographing myself! My clients may start out nervous, but my goal is for everyone to have fun during our session and I work hard at making this happen. I really want my clients leaving their session feeling confident and having enjoyed the experience.

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 live in Hermosa Beach in the South Bay, so we would most definitely hit the beach! First we’d grab sandwiches at Boccato’s Groceries on Manhattan Ave. and then we’d set up shop somewhere around Longfellow life guard tower. It’s a great spot for families (there’s even swings on the beach) and we love to spend the day lounging on the sand and swimming. Another day we’d spend cruising the Strand on beach cruisers. There’s so many options for biking. We could even ride all the way to Venice Beach to check out the scene. Or we ride to Manhattan Beach for lunch at Simmzy’s or ice cream at Manhattan Beach Creamery. Maybe ride to Redondo Pier and grab a beer at Project Barley Taps & Grill. Dinner at Palmilla Cocina Y Tequila on Hermosa Pier Plaza would be a must because they have delicious food and margaritas. If we had the kids with us, they would beg for dessert at the Baked Bear which is also at Hermosa Plaza.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The Creative Photo Academy at Paul’s Photo in Torrance was a huge source of knowledge and inspiration for me. I’ve always had a passion for photography. I spent a great deal of time taking photos but remained in “Auto” mode until I signed up for “Photo Boot Camp” with Mark Comon. It can be super frustrating to figure out manual mode on a camera, but the classes broke down topics and simplified ideas while providing visual examples. The assignments and critiques helped develop my technical ability but were also great for meeting other photographers and learning about all kinds of new things related to photography that I didn’t know about. Although I have taken courses and studied with other educators, these first classes really ignited my passion, and inspired me to keep pursuing photography as a hobby.

My husband, Matt has been a huge support and really motivated me to start my business. He believed in me and was convinced I could succeed in operating my own photography business before I even had the technical ability to do it. At the time, it seemed like a long road to get to where I needed to be to open a business, but I got to work and dove into learning everything I could about shooting, editing, and running a business. I’m grateful he was there to encourage and support me along the way since it was a daunting task! I was definitely determined but it was nice to have someone else believe in me.

Website: https://www.jenniferfaulkphotography.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jenniferfaulkphotography/

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