Today we’d like to introduce you to Jackie Bingham.
Hi Jackie, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I started my photography journey about three years ago. I bought a camera just to take pictures with when I travel as I was traveling a lot. Mostly family pictures, landscape photography and portraits of my wife. As some point, people started asking me if I could take their pictures for their birthday, family portraits and much more. At the time, I was doing it for free and it was just a hobby only. That’s when I started noticing that I had an eye for photography and I started to let my creative mind do all the work in my pictures.
I got to where I am today by just studying the art of photography and expanding my creative thinking. Drawing inspiration from all walks of life and everything that I considered art or creative. When I moved to Little Rock two years ago, my photography journey took off and shaped itself to what it is today. I begin to meet models and photographers from all walks of life. I then begin to study retouching in photoshop, lighting and also challenging my creative thinking, creating concepts with inspiration from Instagram and/or Pinterest. At this point, I knew I had what it takes to be a great and dope photographer.
Now, I have my own studio here in Little Rock, AR that I work out of with clients that travel as far as Houston, TX., Tampa, FL., and the neighboring states of Arkansas. My clientele has grown tremendously and is continuing to grow everyday.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Photography has not been a smooth road. The greatest struggle is stay creative and being consistent. Sometimes you’re in a “creative funk” where it’s almost, or if not, identical to writer’s block. But you have to stay consistent and just shoot. I always tell myself, “you miss 99% of the shots you don’t take” and I relay that to myself from a photography standpoint. Furthermore, all of my struggles always have a positive ending and do not last long. I just use the struggle to challenge myself to think outside the box and to be different.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
As of now, I still have a full-time job. Currently, I’m a District Sales Leader for Frito Lay. Photography is more so my part-time job; but at times, feels like a full-time job when I’m booked with clients weekly and edits to complete.
As far as photography, I’m the owner of Ray Visions Photography and Studio 11 by Ray Visions here in Little Rock, AR. I specialize in portraits (birthdays, family, maternity, graduation), brand and e-commerce photography, and boudoir/intimate portraits.
What sets me apart is my approach to every shoot and getting someone who never modeled or never did a photoshoot before and having that client leave and feels as if they are a model. Creating some of the “dopest” work possible and delivering way above most client’s expectations. A lot of my clients brag on my professionalism which is what I pride the entire experience on, and of course, FUN!
I am most proud of being able to deliver upon expectations and bring all my client’s “VISONS” to life. Balancing photography and a career that is very demanding is hard. And to still stay on top of my game is amazing!
Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc?
Yes, Pinterest is my best friend at the moment. While editing, if I’m not listening to music, I’m normally editing and watching a sermon from T.D Jakes or Mike Todd from Transformation Church. It keeps me focus especially after a 12-14hr shift at work and spending an hour or two doing photoshoots.
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: https://rayvisionsphotography.as.me/
- Instagram: Instagram.com/_rayvisions
- Twitter: twitter.com/_rayvisions
- Youtube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCEeEdXFRqznmmTyfFpxZZPw
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