Business Name: Lymarie Portela Jackson Photography
Name: Lymarie Jackson
Location: Roanoke Rapids, NC
Tell us about yourself and your business.
I am a blessed mother of three kind, wise, beautiful scholar athletes. My photography journey actually started with them, in the audience of their every activity. As I discovered that clicking the shutter helped calm my nerves, allowed us to relive exciting or meaningful moments, and let my children and their buddies feel like major stars, I also found that I had a gift for capturing small, yet emotional moments in time… and a new passion was born. Since then, I have had the opportunity to shoot the range of t-ball games in local parks to division one football at major universities. I have photographed seniors, recitals, families, sports of all kinds, couples, weddings, and children. I specialize in tween/teens, seniors, sports, and families. The great thing is that regardless of the settings or occasions, what I love most about my job never changes: when my subjects see their images, they feel FAMOUS, BIGGER than LIFE… and doesn’t everyone deserve to feel that once in a while?
What is in your gear bag?
My Nikon D750 is my baby. My 85 1.8 rarely comes off the body, unless I am shooting wide with my 35 1.4 for lifestyle. If I am shooting sports, my go to glass is my 70-200 2.8, or for basketball, my 50 1.4. Add to that, a few reflectors, my trusty speedlight with magmod modifiers, you have my gear 99% of them time. I have this year started diving into strobes, with 3 alien bees and radios, and I have loved the gritty results!
Where do you draw inspiration from?
#communityovercompetition I love looking at the work of my fellow photogs, and celebrating their strengths, the ways our work is alike, and how we are different. I am constantly studying industry greats, such as Sue Bryce, and often turn to Creative Live, SLR Lounge, and other places for education and inspiration.
What is one obstacle you had when you first started your business? What did you do to overcome it?
I live in a small town, full of talented working photographers. I am still working to differentiate myself as different in the deep field of choices for our locals. I just dove deeper into what makes me me, and looked for ways to highlight those things. I am careful by nature… it took just jumping in without knowing all the answers, then working hard to keep improving!
Please share one tip that you found to be successful to share with other photographers.
Someone else’s success does not equal my failure. I used to look at the work of others and compare them to mine, thinking I would NEVER really be good enough… but I realized that I was looking at their highlight reel and comparing it to my bloopers. (I read that clever analogy somewhere, I can’t claim credit to its wisdom!)
So my tip, the one I remind myself of daily, is: Take the time to see what is RIGHT about the things I do everyday. Take note of that, and remember it. Then find the things that need improvement, and work on those one at a time.
What is the saying? “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”
Photography is like that. It is easy to get overwhelmed. I have learned just to take the learning and improving one click at a time.