This is Jami. There are not enough kind words to describe this girl right here. Jami is my main second shooter, collaborator, and an amazing friend. Jami is also a full time photographer and a lovingly dedicated wife and mom of three.
Jami and I were already friends for a year or two before she became a photographer. We originally bonded over our stupid sense of humor and cat memes. (I know - it’s a weird yet solid foundation for friendship)
Jami told me how she always enjoyed the photography classes she had taken in school, and would love to learn more and shoot with me. When Matt, her husband, bought her a camera as a gift I was thrilled to have a friend that shared the same interest.
Jami began shooting like most photographers
Jami started by taking photos of her kids and pets. When she shared her portraits with me, I could already see her natural talent for photography - composition in particular.
I met Jami before I became a full time photographer, but I was already working as a weekend warrior. (weddings part time)
My knowledge and experience helped me get by, but it wasn’t until Jami started her journey, that I was pushed to step it up so I could help when she needed me. We began shooting portrait sessions together and over time I started incorporating her into weddings.
One of her very first sessions compared to one of the most recent. (Both photos shot and edited by JJP)
We grew together, and continue pushing each other.
Jami has put in so much work to grow her natural talent, and it’s been fantastic how we’ve both been able to lift each other up through the years. I recently read a startling article that estimated 85% of photographers give up their businesses within the first three years. I hate thinking anyone would give up their passion, but I can honestly say I understand why. I’d be lying if I said I never even considered it at one point or another in the last six years. A one woman business can be as exciting as it sounds, but it can at times be challenging and lonely even with the right support system in place. Knowing I’m not alone has helped keep my motivation to grow and learn alive.
Jami is like my secret weapon on a wedding day.
Brides always know that two photographers are better than one and see it as a perk, but they have no idea just to how much of a difference it really makes. As my second shooter, she helps me direct the bridal party, sets up my ring shots when I get too shake-y, reels in my over the top ideas to stay on our timeline, and uses her own professional judgement and style to offer a more well rounded gallery to the clients we serve. A second shooter is beneficial, but Jami is irreplaceable.
Today, Jami told me she’s already filling late 2020 dates in another state, and would like me to second shoot for her. My first thought was, ‘Woo Hoo! ROAD TRIP!’, but then I couldn’t shake my feeling of pride. Not the parent - I photography raised her- kind of proud, because I didn’t. I’m the WOW MY FRIEND IS A BAD ASS kind of proud. While working alongside Jami, I saw her drive, struggles, hurdles, tears, and all the effort she has put into her career. From her starter dslr, to becoming a full time photographer that books years out in different states - I can’t wait to see where she goes next. Jami thank you for all you do- I’d be lost without you!