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Meet Jessica Baker of Jess Baker Photography in San Dimas, CA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Baker.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Art has been a part of me since the day I was born. Now, obviously, I wasn’t painting portraits as a newborn, but once I was old enough to write out my own name, I was drawing cartoons of Disney characters and anything else that made me laugh. The first drawing I did that made me realize I wanted to become an artist was a sketch I did of spiderman off a Dr. Pepper can in my grandma’s garage.

I fell in love with photography in college. It stole my heart the first day I developed film. Watching the blank sheet of exposed paper being revealed to me in the chemical baths. A tiny little negative was suddenly a glorious 8×10 print tacked onto the gallery wall, simply beautiful.

I also fell in love with sculpture where I made life-sized molds of myself covered head to toe in gummy bears and photographed balloon animals I’d leave on cars in my schools parking lots. My senior exhibition was focused on play and was a self-portrait in both the physical and metaphorical sense.  I graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 2012, with a Studio Art Major and Art History Minor.

After an internship making plastic toys with Circustank, a job photographing kids at a mall that was the worst, a job at Tokyo Otaku Mode where I sold and photographed toys, and taking any and all clients I could get, I finally landed in wedding, portrait, event, and product photography. Through all those years I photographed so many different people, places, things, and events and learned so much more than I ever thought possible. I now run Jess Baker Photography and am the product photographer for GRC Commerce/grinderPUNCH.

My goal as a photographer is centered on three main ideas. 1: Take great photos that go beyond the technical. 2: Make it my goal to make my client laugh, smile, and walk away from the session feeling like they are valued and important. 3: Take meaningful photos in an artistic way, so when people see them years later those same emotions in the photo come flooding back. I have a mantra for my business: DO GOOD, BE HAPPY. MAKE ART.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
In the beginning getting clients was such a struggle. Finding consistent work was a struggle. To keep believing in yourself to pursue your passion when most people around you said you needed to get a real job was a struggle. Thankfully, I have always had very supportive family and friends who have encouraged me to stay the course.

Nowadays, the road still isn’t paved and there are plenty of bumps that still exist, but I’m happy to be on it. I still have goals to attain and am currently pursuing them. Ultimately I’m thankful for the hard times because they have helped make me a better photographer and person.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
My company specializes in weddings, portraits, events, and commercial/product photography.

It is known best for its wedding and family portrait sessions, as well as its natural light and outdoor shoot environments.

One of the things I love most about this business is that it follows people from proposal day all the way to having their first child together. I feel very few jobs give you the opportunity to be involved in people’s lives like that. I feel very blessed and am so thankful I get to do it for a living.

The goal of Jess Baker Photography is to be a studio that not only gives you amazing photographs but also makes you feel valued as a person. I want every client to feel like they experienced joy, kindness, love, and fun every time they leave a session or communicate with us.

What set’s us apart from others is our ability to establish real connections with our clients. For us, we want to give you beautiful photos but also photos that emote the same emotions you experienced when the photo was taken.

What were you like growing up?
As a kid, I was very loyal, honest, and silly. I still am those things, lol!
I had short blonde hair and preferred playing with my dinosaurs over my barbies, lol! I hated wearing dresses and I loved playing soccer at recess (or catching butterflies). I would draw like crazy and trace any and all cartoon characters I thought were cool. I loved playing soccer and spent most summers swimming at my grandparent’s house with my family and friends. I grew up in a Christian home and church was (still is) a huge part of my life. I come from a very large family that gets together as often as possible, so the holidays were and still are the greatest time of the year.

The core of who I am has always been the same from age 5 to me now at 28. A fiercely loyal friend, an honest but loving advice giver and at times, very silly person who’s main goal is to make you feel happy and loved.

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