Business Name: Jaimerae Photography
Name: Jaime Kempter
Location: De Soto, MO
|Tell us about yourself and your business.
I’m Jaime, the lady behind the lens and one half of my favorite couple. I’m just a city kid living a farm life with 2 cute kitties and 2 naughty pups that I over-share on my social media accounts. When I’m not chasing my photography dreams, I’m chasing toddlers at the finest early childhood center around (and I’m still trying to figure out how I got THAT lucky). I proudly reign as the world’s most introverted extrovert and the things that make my heart happy are children, pets, and grandparents.I started my business after lots of convincing and when my family had finally had enough of my “photo experimentation.” I began taking on clients in 2012 but I didn’t start investing in the business aspect of things until 2015. And trust me, I’m still learning.
When it comes to my sessions, I tell bad jokes and make clients laugh at them anyway. I fall in love with every senior and family I meet. I celebrate every success and embrace every challenge as lesson learned.
|What is in your gear bag?
I shoot with a Nikon D750 (that took me 2 years to convince myself to buy) and I almost exclusively use my 35mm Nikon 1.4. Occasionally I break out my Tamron 24-70 2.8 but it’s rare.
Extra memory cardsOh, and chapstick. A girl’s gotta stay moisturized!
|Where do you draw inspiration from?
My clients of course! I love clean edits and bright photos and the seniors I primarily work with love it too. So with that aside, I try to focus on the little quirks and unique parts of the person I’m photographing. Almost like a caricature artist would exaggerate features to highlight the individual, I try to do the same thing… only with their personality and interests.
|What is one obstacle you had when you first started your business? What did you do to overcome it?
This is huge!! Photography has always been really important to me as a creative outlet and it’s a huge bonus to my income but it is my side hustle. I work a Monday through Friday job that I absolutely love so managing work-work, side-work, and still have opportunities for friends and family is a serious balancing act and it all came to a head this last year. After some serious re-evaluating, I limited the number of sessions I take on each month and raised my prices to compensate, and most importantly I put office hours into place. Editing only happens 3 days a week, shoots are only during evening golden hour 2 days per week, and I always take off one full weekend per month. It’s really tempting to squeeze in every inquiry that’s in my inbox but my family has spoken loud and clear and I’m committed to making them my priority.
|Please share one tip that you found to be successful to share with other photographers.
Avoid posting captions like “So pretty” or “How beautiful” on your social media. I still do it occasionally and I kick myself afterwards, but mostly I try to talk about the senior and our session experience. Social media is not about just sharing the great work you’re producing, but use it to give prospective clients an idea of what it’s like to work with you! If you’re awkward like me, let your weirdo flag fly! It will make you less self-conscious when clients know what to expect from you and you’ll be able to produce better work when you aren’t busy trying to prove you are one of the “cool kids” so to speak. I ruined far too many sessions pretending I was the best of the best rather than just being myself.