We had the good fortune of connecting with Jocelyn Taitingfong-Camarillo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jocelyn, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Work life balance has been an evolving schedule I’ve learned to create through trial and error. I thought I could maintain the Corporate America schedule that my family was accustomed to: working 10 hours a day and having my daughter in daycare for that duration. After taking time to reflect on my productivity and my high demands for work, I switched around my schedule and created boundaries so that I still have family time, and my own self care. Instead of having my daughter in 10 hours of daycare, I have her at home with me now, and do my consultations via Zoom or over the phone. I’ve worked hard to incorporate being an entrepreneur and a mother into my brand, and my clients are aware that my daughter will be around me if not sitting in my lap during my calls. I feel like she’s the best ice breaker! Since most of my sessions are in the late afternoon – evening, I hire a babysitter to watch my daughter for an hour or two, and my husband picks her up on his way home from work. My evening hours consist of me editing, 1-2 consultations for those who work during normal business hours, and tidying up the house before bed. But throw in the ever changing schedule of a toddler, and I’ve learned to go with the flow on days my husband isn’t home to help the evening shift. Some days are tougher than others. It’s taken time, lots of communication and support from my husband, patience, calls crying to my Mom for parent help, and a community of ladies who own businesses and are also parents to help me with the daily grind. I recommend getting an hourly planner or digital planner, having an open line of communication with your partner, and a community of colleagues.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My focus with photography is documenting the human connection and preserving family legacies. Being a military brat and now spouse to someone serving, I’ve been exposed to people from different walks of life, different ways of living, learned local customs and norms, and found a way to find coherence of it all alongside my own roots. The road of entrepreneurship is one that is forever changing, and throwing in the military lifestyle means that I constantly have to pick up my business and start fresh in a new area. I grow where life plants me, and there is a sense of strength and pride that I can with being able to do that. I’m thrilled to hear the stories of the people I get to work with, what they’ve gone through to get where they are now, and what they want to celebrate in their session. I consider myself a storyteller, and I’ve been mastering the art of summing up someone’s past, presence, and hopes for the future within my work. My greatest responsibility with my art is knowing that it will only increase in value as time goes on, and I have provided families with visuals on who they were in a moment of time, and what stories they can pass onto the next generation. I want others to see that no matter where life takes you, celebrate the little moments, and all of the obstacles you’ve overcome in your own journey. But don’t forget to enjoy the ride.
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.
If you’re up for an adventure in Joshua Tree, I of course recommend going into Joshua Tree National Park! Being a city native, I’ve never lived in a place where you can just hear the calls of nature and the universe all at the same time. Your mind can be free here. Things are different now because of Covid, but I love grabbing a cold brew from Joshua Tree Coffee Company, and recommend checking out all of the local boutiques and antique shops.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d love to give a shoutout to Verita, my mentor located in the Anaheim area who has helped me with branding and social media content! She is also a wedding planner specializing in cannabis events: Nathalie.soirees@