Today we’d like to introduce you to Jina Watson.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Jina. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
From a young age, I was drawn to creativity. It runs through my veins. My father, to this day, still tells people stories of my 3D paper cities I would build and hand-drawn family newspapers I’d make as a child. Growing up in a home of photographers, it was only natural that I would eventually venture down that path. My father had given me his old Canon 20D and it collected dust for a couple years until the birth of my daughter. It was then that I realized I had a real love for photography. It wasn’t just the fact the subject was my child. It was the love for capturing moments most people don’t get to see. Every moment was mine for the taking and I was essentially able to “stop time” so I could cherish them for years to come. I wanted to do this for others as well. The ability to do this for other families is something I’m passionate about and it brings me so much joy to see the smiles on my clients’ faces when they get to see what I see through the lens. Photography is an art and there’s no better feeling than giving everyone their own little piece of it.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I’ve been fortunate enough to have had a really great ride so far. Each year my business has gotten busier and busier. I work full time in Alpharetta in the marketing field, so I use my weekends for my photography business and I’ve stayed consistently busy all year. I had to purposely start blocking off some weekends in order to have some free time! But honestly, it’s been great. Every client has been wonderful to work with and I love how the families that chose me, seem to really vibe with my style and my creative side.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Jina Lee Photography – what should we know?
I started Jina Lee Photography in 2013, a year after my daughter was born. I’ve steadily increased business year after year through word of mouth and organic traffic. I cover essentially anything except weddings. Weddings are a whole different ball game and I have nothing but love for those who do them, they just aren’t for me. Though, I’m not against second shootings or small weddings/elopements. I typically cover family photography such as maternity, newborn, children/babies, birthday parties, engagements, couples, etc. This year I seemed to book a lot more maternity/newborn session, which has been great, because who doesn’t love babies?
I’d say what sets me apart from others is my colorful/bold style. While I edit my images, I stick to natural edits and don’t photoshop to extremes. I also feel that my personality seems to vibe well with people. I tend to be very responsive via email which I’ve been told is greatly appreciated. That’s more so my OCD side coming out. I hate notification bubbles so I have to respond to everything to clear them.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I would say that Clickin Moms was a HUGE educator for me in my photography journey. My father was a photographer but I would say I learned most of my technical skills from that site. They are an amazing resource and have a ton of online workshops. I cycled through a lot of them when I first started out. As for my actual editing ability and creative style, I was also more of a creative and actually graduated with a studio art degree, specializing in graphic design so I have always been naturally computer savvy. It certainly paid off!
- Maternity Sessions – $375
- Newborn Sessions – $475
- Portrait Sessions – $425
- Grow with Me Baby Plan – $1650
- Address: Atlanta, GA