Today I have the great pleasure of featuring the gorgeous, inspiring, photographer Jessie Baldwin.  Not only is she incredibly talented, she’s delightfully funny and brilliant. 

Basically, I {heart} Jessie.

My name is Jessie Baldwin. I am a wife, mom, artist, and a friend. My love
of photography began in high school and has only grown since then. I have
been training and developing both my artistic and photographic skills since
1991, and I never go anywhere without my camera. My motto is “do what you
love” – and I love being behind the lens, capturing people as they are. And
that is what I hope to do for you, too. My goal is to preserve those
memories… to freeze those moments in time that you never want to forget,
so that years from now you can look back at that precious wrinkly baby and
suddenly you can almost smell that new baby smell again…

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1. Why is creativity important to you?

Creativity is my therapy! Doing things that are inspiring and fun and creative helps me release tension and forget about everyday worries. Being creative every day helps me to be a better wife, mother, and friend. As a photographer, it is necessary every day to be creative and push my boundaries, because it is through being creative that I grow both as a photographer and as myself.

2. What do you enjoy creating the most?

I absolutely love photographing births. When I am able to be there at the moment a child comes into this world, it is an incredibly magical experience. To be able to photograph that story and present it to the new family is my greatest joy. Most recently I was able to photograph an international adoption and that was incredible. I would love to do something like that again!

3. Do you have any fears when creating? Are your family & friends supportive of the things you create?

I always have little fears crop up inside me before a photo shoot, wondering if I will be able to live up to people’s expectations of me. Because my photography is a lot of storytelling, everyone’s story is different – no two photo sessions are alike. I love that I learn something new from every single session and I continue to grow as a photographer. My family and friends have also grown to be supportive of me. When I decided to leave my steady paying job as a teacher and become a photographer, most of them didn’t understand what I was doing or why… but now they see that this is my passion, this is what I love to do.

4. How do you find time to create?

Because, as I said before, photography is my therapy, my family has learned that it is important to allow me the time I need to make it happen. When the kids were little, I would do most of my sessions on the weekends when my husband was home and edit late into the night after the kids went to bed. Once my children both went to school fulltime, it was easier to work while they were gone – but I still find myself staying up way too late, editing photos or designing cards and albums. Old habits die hard, I guess!

5. Words of inspiration to creative chicks:

Do what you love. Be yourself. Discover what style speaks to you and don’t be afraid to say no if you aren’t ready. I refused to shoot weddings for years because I didn’t have an assistant and I wasn’t about to do a wedding completely on my own. Learn everything you can possibly learn about your craft. Practice and practice and practice some more… read, research, and study everything you can. Don’t worry if your art isn’t perfect right away. It took me years to get where I am and I am still not where I want to be. As long as every day you push yourself to try something new, you will continue to grow! And my favorite inspirational quotation: “Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark. In the hopeless swamps of the not quite, the not yet, and the not at all, so not let the hero in your soul perish and leave only frustration for the life you deserved, but never have been able to reach. The world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.” – Ayn Rand

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Aren’t you so inspired, now?!  I met Jessie this past spring at a Digital Scrapbook Memories retreat and we have since become great friends.  Jessie is based in Las Vegas and I swear the next time my family is there, we are scheduling some time to have her take our pictures.  Jessie has such a vibrant, lively personality that I’m sure we’d feel completely at ease during the session.

On Jessie’s website she writes: I am a modern family photographer. At your photo session, expect to play. Expect to be silly. Expect this to be a completely different photo session than you have ever experienced before. My goal is to capture real life and those genuine smiles, soulful eyes, laughter, (and sometimes tears) that encompass the richness and fulness of the lives we lead. We each have a story to tell, and I hope to capture for you a glimpse of that story.

I really loved how Jessie talked about overcoming her fears and pursuing her creative passion in her interview.  Thank you, Jessie, for being a creative inspiration to us all!  You rock, girl!

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You can see Jessie’s photography site by clicking here: Speckled Bird Art

And be sure to become her fan on Facebook to keep her creative juices rubbing off on you!