We had the good fortune of connecting with Kim Jensen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kim, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
The most important lesson I have learned through running my own business is that you can not expect work to just show up on your doorstep, no matter how good you are at what you do. You have to hustle and hit the ground running every day to make yourself known and find the work and keep that drive and motivation going strong.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
It took a lot of time, determination and practice to get me where I am today. I have worked under other photographers to learn and practice photography and I have watched endless videos and online classes to learn techniques and how to run a business. My husband also runs his own company, so he has been really helpful in figuring out the internal parts of how to run my business. I am really excited about these session videos I have started to promote this year. This is basically your session captured in a 30-45 second video. I take video clips throughout the session and compile them in a short video set to music. I haven’t seen a ton of other photographers offer this, so I definitely think this is something that can set me apart. I have definitely faced my fair share of challenges, whether it be difficult clients or slow seasons with little to no work and I think the only way I have found to overcome these challenges is to not let it get me down. I have to take the good with the bad and keep focusing on pushing forward and working towards my personal goals, because the bad times do pass and there are more good clients than bad, so really continuously trying to shift my focus to the positive. I want people to know that my brand is all about capturing the love in their lives and portraying them in such a way that it feels natural and organic.
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.
This is a tricky question for me because I’m such a homebody! That said, I would definitely want them to experience the downtown nightlife, so we’d go there one night and probably grab some mint mojitos and tacos from La Puerta! I remember my friend took me there once in college and I’ve never forgotten their blended mint mojitos, and I’m not even a mojito girl! For a daytime activity we would go cruise around Seaport Village and look in all the cute shops, eat lunch at the San Diego Pier Cafe, and definitely stop by Hot Licks, a hot sauce store with a huge selection! La Jolla would be another great spot to go shopping in the boutiques and grab lunch by the water.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband and our families have been such a huge part in getting me to where I am today. Whether it be my husband supporting and encouraging me when I’m feeling exhausted and defeated or my mom and mother-in-law watching our kids so that I can go to shoots throughout the week. It has been a group effort to make it possible for me to pursue my passion and I am so grateful for such an amazing support system.