We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessie Gibson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jessie, do you disagree with some advice that is more or less universally accepted?
That you need to follow all the rules for the perfect photo. Sometimes the photos that aren’t perfect are the most beautiful. I think of photography as art. I think your photography should be a reflection of you as an artist

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 love capturing the connections between people and the little details that we sometimes miss with everyday life. I love that I am able to share those connections with others through my photography.

I think taking risk is an important part of growing. Not only as a photographer but as a person.

I wouldn’t be where I am today if I had not taken any risks. I took a risk with starting my own business, with the way I captured photos, and with my brand.
There have been many challenges along the way and I’m sure there will be more. That’s a part of growth.

Some of the lessons I’ve learned through this are to always keep your blinders up and not compare your journey to anyone else’s. We are all different and we all have a different story to tell. Comparison is the thief of joy and I fully believe that.

Consistency, is also an important lesson I’ve learned. You can’t grow or succeed if your are not constantly working towards your goals. It can definitely be hard sometimes but putting in the work and seeing the results is so satisfying.

The most important lesson I have learned, is to never give up. There are times when I first started my business that I really thought I wasn’t going to be where I am today. I would remind myself that I am helping tell other people’s stories and that’s a beautiful thing.

My brand is all about helping tell other people’s stories.
With every session I strive to capture my clients stories. To freeze a moment in time where they are surrounded by those they love. I love that I can do that for people from all over.

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 ever come visit Georgia you have to go check out all of the amazing hiking spots. There are so many beautiful spots here and I definitely think they should be experienced. One of my favorites is Suwannee Mountain.

Some of my favorite places to find food would be The Vortex, Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party, Cherry Street brew pup at Halcyon, and you can also find some great options at Ponce City Market.

If you are wanting to find places to hang out and explore I recommend visiting Avalon in Alpharetta. It’s full of shops and restaurants and they even have an ice skating rink you can enjoy. Another fun place to hang out is Skyline Park at Ponce! There are so many other places that you could visit. I recommend exploring as much as you can while you’re here.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family, friends, and fellow photographers helped me get to where I am today. They have always been so supportive of me and my business and I am so thankful for each and every one of them.

Website: www.oakandfernphoto.com

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