We had the good fortune of connecting with Jesse Jakobsson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jesse, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I had always wanted more creative freedom with my work. I was working for multiple companies, following the status quo, and then COVID happened. Suddenly, I was left with all the ‘free time’ I had always said I needed to start my own projects. So, I went for it. I took every minute I had to study business, tutorials and how to’s, marketing yourself and enhancing portfolio work. I studied programs such as Photoshop and Lightroom CC for endless hours. Trying to practice and practice as much as I could. About 3 months into lockdown- when it was obvious COVID had no plans of going away, I thought to myself ‘let’s just freakin’ do it’ and JMJ Art & Design was born. I shoot Fashion, Portrait and Street Photography.
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 think people in general get so caught up in the mundane of day to day life, that we forget to stop and take notice of the little moments. I believe its the little moments that define us the most- which is what I try to capture in my work. Getting to where I am at today was no easy task, and I feel I am no where near where I want to be (if I ever will be, since I only want to keep getting better and better) I’ve taken more rejection on work, then I have getting work. That’s a hard challenge to overcome, because then you are filled with self doubt and the ‘should I really be doing this’ thoughts that keep you up at night. But, you wake up and are given a new day- so take it and make the most of it. Learn from your mistakes, keep going. Ive learned that as long as you keep challenging yourself, showing up and doing the work- you can be unstoppable. And, just be kind. Be generous and humble- that can take you far. You create your own destiny, on your own timeline, and it is never too late to go after what you truly want in life. I mean hey, Beyoncé has been nominated for 62 grammy’s- but has only won 28. Let your setbacks, be your comebacks.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
It’s a tough one, but I would have to take them to Hillcrest and Downtown San Diego. Hillcrest has some of the most amazing street art in the city, with numerous restaurants and shops along the way. One of my personal favorites is Urban Mo’s, they have music, good eats, and even better drinks! And Pho Fifth Avenue has the best Vietnamese Coffee in town! Downtown San Diego has so much to offer as you can walk around and just get a little lost in the downtown scene. Multiple restaurants offering a variety of different cuisines. Rustic Root rooftop happy hour is one of the best, with their cast iron mac and cheese and sangria! Backyard is also another amazing spot that showcases live bands and DJ’s, as well as great drinks, food, and amazing mural artwork.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Gem aka the SoCal standard, is a local wedding photographer who works out of San Diego and Mexico. Her attention for detail, and evoking emotion with her pictures is next level. Her use of color and composition, and her rad personality make her a photographer to watch for years to come. I worked with her as my mentor, and it was one of the best choices I could have made for starting my photography career.