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Check out Jennifer Mehling’s Artwork

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Mehling.

Jennifer, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I always had a camera in my hand growing up and as an adult. It was when I had my daughter’s newborn photos I thought I would learn more and begin my second career. I worked in the dental field all though my 20s and halfway through 30s. After becoming a mom I knew punching a clock to be away 30+ hours a week was not something I wanted. I was fortunate enough not to have to go back to work! It was the perfect timing to pursue my passion as a photographer. I’m a little over a year into my new journey and I feel very blessed every time I pick up the camera to do something I truly feel I was meant to do! My favorite is capturing new babies and young children!

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I capture newborns, children and family photos. It’s important for me to create a legacy for family’s to cherish for today and tomorrow. I grew up in a different time when Photography was a luxury. I don’t have many family photos of my childhood and would give anything to have more. It’s something I can’t change for myself, but I can for my daughter and other families in my community.

The stereotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
As a new photographer last year my art supported just itself with equipment upgrades and education. I made no profit, but I love it! It can be difficult for most working class individuals. I am fortunate that as a stay at home mother I had no risk involved. So for someone who’s truly passionate about an art I think they would do it whether it pays the bills or not. I say work your pay the bills job and enjoy your journey as an artist. It’s not always about the destination, but the journey. I believe that if it’s something that is supposed to support them, then hard work and dedication will pay off over time! It’s not a get rich quick career, but like I said it’s not always about the money.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
They can visit my website and on social media platforms such as Facebook & Instagram both @jennifermehlingphotography

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Image Credit:
Jennifer Mehling Photography, LLC

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