It didn’t take long for me to consider her one of my favorites and one of the best in Georgia. Shortly after liking her photography page on Facebook I discovered her on Instagram. This is where I reached out to Janee’ Ford, the Photographer and owner of Janee’ Ford Photography.
The best way to connect to a photographer or with anyone is to get to know them for them. I wanted to know a little more about Janee' and her business, so I emailed her a series of questions. As I read through her responses, I realized how much her and I have in common! She began by telling me about herself.
"Following the birth of my 3 year old son, I realized that I had no idea who I was. I wasn't really sure what I wanted to be or even where I wanted to be. I found myself just living day to day without any ideas or dreams for the future. Today though, I know a tad bit more than I did 3 years ago. Today, 29 years old, I'm a wife, a mother and full time hustler. I'm learning my craft, still and I don't plan on stopping anytime soon," Janee' said.
Janee' Ford Photography is based out of Warner Robins, Georgia a city that houses over 70,000 people and a percentage of them are photographers. While Janee' is within that percent, her work stands out from them all.
Behind every image there's a story behind the person who took the image. Photographer's have their own unique stories on why they take particular pictures and why they do photography. Janee' shared with me her own personal explanation. "I'm focusing more on portraits. Fun, colorful and vibrant portraits is what has my attention at the moment. Between summer and spring, I love all the colors involved and what they look like in still photos. During the fall and winter months, I focus mostly on family portraits. My mood and inspiration for work often changes as the seasons change. For the past 3 years now, I've been able to grow a semi successful photography business-working on mostly Saturdays only. I say semi successful because I still work a 9-5 during the week. I've dreamed of running my own business full time, I just haven't taken that leap yet. Afraid, I guess," said Janee'.
While we all have goals and we all have ways of encouraging ourselves, there are also people in our corner who helps us along the way. During the questionnaire Janee' explained how her family has inspired her to continue working towards her dream as a photographer.
" To date, my biggest inspiration in life would have to be my family. Of all the things that have come and gone, I still have my family. They keep me grounded and somewhat sane (lol). my Dad, a photographer as well, tells me everything I need to know, whether I want to hear it or not. My mommy offers her opinion when asked and is super supportive. My husband is my business partner & my son...is my why! On several occasions I've thought about leaving my camera where it is and walking away, without reason or explanation. I haven't because I feel like I owe it myself, my family--to keep going. I don't know how far it can take me, but I'm riding this wave until I figure it out. I know that something great will come along, whether I go looking for it or not. I'm hoping that along the way my son picks up this hobby and either joins me or pick up where I left off. I want him to know how important family is, how important our name is and keep it going.
The fact that I've created a platform for myself means so much to me, my biggest accomplishment yet. As long as I have my camera, I can make something happen. No one can ever take my craft away from me. My biggest mistake, is that I didn't start sooner," Janee' Ford (Photographer/Owner of Janee' Ford Photography).
Reading through her responses motivated me and it also gave me an insight on who she is as a business woman and a photographer. Her work is amazing! I've been following her for two months now and her style is very dynamic. Back in June I started planning my series, that's going to involve photographers and small business owners. This series will include blog posts shedding light on them, their work and their services. As soon as I followed her, I knew I wanted her work to be the first feature. It amazes me to see a full time mother, wife, photographer and employee chasing her dream.
"If you can't figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose." - Bishop T.D. Jakes
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