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

Hi Jordyn, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor behind my success and my brand is to make others happy once they leave my workspace as well as making sure I improve my work every client I have. I make a goal for myself every time I have a photoshoot so that I have something to accomplish besides just clicking a photo. Being a photographer takes so much more than just clicking a button. I believe that it is important for me to meet so many great creative individuals, be able to learn something while working, creating beautiful content, making my clients smile, and also critiquing my skills. Being that I am a young teen, female photographer in the game, it makes me want to go harder to be able to show others that being young means nothing and that you can do anything you put your mind to. My motto/ quote for my business, Jigg’s Pics is “Capturing something simple and turning it into something beautiful.” I go by that quote everyday to make sure that I am fulfilling my client and I’s needs after a photoshoot. Being that I do that, shows success behind my brand/business. I look forward to seeking more opportunities, meeting more amazing people, earning more money, and having so much fun while doing it!

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.
As a young girl, I have always had an eye for how things look and what looked good as well as what didn’t. In July of 2020, My grandpa gave me a camera that I’ve been wanting. I knew right then hat it was time for me to start my photography business because I knew that I personally was not built for working for anyone else. I started off with a studio set up from amazon and took pictures on the cloths that were provided in the set up until I saved enough money to buy savage backdrops that are used in actual studios. Then I took photography classes in the beginning of 2021 and learned so much and built so much more clientele as well as meeting new creative faces that were doing the same thing as me. No, it was not an easy process and it still is not, but I push myself and keep doing because this is what makes me happy. The three ways to make my job easier is to 1. stay consistent, 2. be on time, and 3. do not wait for anybody. A lesson that I have learned along the way that stuck with me is to never let anyone walk over me. Photographers are known to be disrespected sometimes especially when you are too lenient, and I had to learn that it is okay to be strict on certain protocols, and it is okay to set boundaries and rules. What i want the world to know is that, if you are trying to figure out if you should do that one thing you have been contemplating about, go do it. -Jigg xoxo

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.
It’s my best friend and I went on a weeklong trip, I would take them to somewhere on an island or California, or New York. I will try my best to find places that have different types of food every single day so that we have a variety of different things that we’ve never tried before. I would most likely look up different visit places that are there so that we know some good sightseeing locations. We would definitely be hanging out by a beach or a pool most of the time as well as finding other activities to do so that we can have the most fun we can have.

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?
First I would like to give a HUGE shoutout to my parents in always believing in me and helping me reach my goals. They’ve always gave me a voice to choose what I want to do and make sure they let it happen for me. Second, I would love to thank my friends for supporting me, being models to build my portfolio, and just always being so motivating. Lastly, I could never forget to thank my mentor Drayton McJunkins for providing the photography class I attended this summer! He helped me improve my work in less than a day and I could never thank him enough because without him, I’d probably be still shooting in Auto LOL.

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