We had the good fortune of connecting with Jimmy Wu and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jimmy, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
After working for years as a software engineer, I wanted a change of pace. Since I’ve always loved all forms of art and especially photography, I thought it was a good time to transition into starting my own photography business. After thinking it over for a long time, I finally took the plunge and I’ve been enjoying the work that I’ve been doing since. As a software engineer, I developed skills to adapt to any situation and that’s definitely helped in my photography as well. I’ve found that being a photographer is a great balance of being outdoors for doing shoots and staying in to work on editing the photos. Overall I’ve found the transition to be a great benefit to my overall work life 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.
Each and every shoot is going to be different, but I generally go for a lighter natural look for my photos. I will work with the client to understand what they’re looking for and achieve that to the best of my abilities. As time has gone by, I’ve picked up a lot of skills, both on site as well as post editing. With all skills it takes a lot of time and dedication to learn something and its a never ending learning process. I work each and every shoot to see the client happy and its the best feeling in the world when I can accomplish that.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Its hard to go wrong with the beaches here in San Diego, but there’s a few that I particularly enjoy. La Jolla Cove, Sunset Cliffs and Windansea Beach are a few of the ones I really enjoy. Depending on if they like hiking, I might take them out to Torrey Pines State Reserve or out east to do some hiking out in Cleveland National Forest. A few of the places I love taking people to eat at would be Tacos El Gordo for al pastor, Oscar’s Mexican Seafood for fish tacos, Grand Ole BBQ y Asado for bbq, and Hodad’s for burgers and onion rings. The micro brewery scene is really thriving here, so going to some local breweries for beer would also be a great time. I also enjoy the vibe in Balboa Park as well as Seaport Village.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I wouldn’t even be in this field if it weren’t for my friend Kent who encouraged and helped me buy my first camera. I picked up a used Nikon D40 as a learning camera and never looked back since then!