Today we’d like to introduce you to Jamie Boyd.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Jamie. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. I have an older brother who was into photography. So, before I knew it, I was asking to use his camera frequently. I always shifted between what I wanted to do creatively, but as I got older I realized photography was such a constant in my life. There was nothing in the world that made me happier. I moved to San Francisco, CA to go to art school for digital photography. I’m the baby of my family, so moving away from them and to a place where I didn’t know anyone was a little scary. But ultimately I knew moving was what I always wanted to do. There wasn’t enough room for me in Indiana to expand and become the best version of myself. I’ve been in Los Angeles for two years now and I love it. Everywhere you go, there’s at least one creative in the room with who you can connect with. Having creative friends is such an important factor in my life because they’re constantly pushing me to grow and expand my mind. I feel like I’ve made life long friends and met my chosen family here. Some of which started from working on photo projects.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It hasn’t been a smooth road but I don’t think I’d appreciate it as much if it were. The bumps are where I learn the most valuable lessons. I think what I struggled with most was learning how to listen to my inner voice. My mental health was something that I always pushed to the side because I always had the mindset of working instead of giving myself time to feel negative emotions. But the more that I neglected it, the bigger hole I put myself in. I had to make the choice of dropping out of school with only three semesters left before getting my bachelor’s degree. Allowing myself to heal meant way more to me. I took a little break from taking photos and in that break is where I rediscovered my drive and passion. I’ve had to work at odd jobs along the way, but I knew what I wanted would come when I was ready. Now, I’m at such a happy place in my life. I work as a freelance photographer and as a photo technician/teacher’s assistant at the New York film academy. I’m finally at a position where I’m constantly growing and challenging myself as a photographer. My advice for others would be that there’s nothing in this life that is worth neglecting your mental health over. Also, everything that’s yours already has your name on it! Allow yourself to learn the balance between resting and working. Don’t rush it!
Please tell us about Jamie-Lee B. Photo.
I’m a photographer that specializes in portraiture and fashion. I’d say, I specialize in capturing emotions and not only just thinking about getting a shot but connecting with the person that I’m taking photos of. Memories last forever and I want to get that exact moment where they feel the most beautiful and bring it to life. I also feel like as a photographer, it’s my job to remind others that they’re capable of something right outside of their comfort zone. One of my favorite things is someone walking into a shoot sticking to poses they’re most comfortable with and ending it doing things that they never have before. Photography doesn’t even feel like my job, because I have so much fun creating and capturing memories.
What advice would you give to someone at the start of her career?
Believe in yourself first! You can’t expect anything from anyone until you’re extremely in love with what you’re pursuing a career in. Ultimately though, others can’t see or believe in your vision as much as you do, so have confidence in yourself and what you want to build. Trust in your vision. Always!
- $100 hr- Portraits
- $150 hr- Fashion/Editorial
- Website: www.jamieleebphoto.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: Instagram.com/_Jamiejamster