When I was planning our wedding in 2008 I was looking for the perfect photographer. I knew I’d find the right person when I saw the right image with a balance of artistry, emotional charge and that years-in-an-album memorability. When a google search landed me at Jen Harris’ gallery of wedding photography images, I knew in my gut I had found our match.
We had a relatively small wedding photography budget and I figured someone who produced this level of beauty in her images would charge at the highest rates. Most photographers I had started to explore were charging $5000 and more for one day of wedding shooting.
I picked up the phone and called her. In minutes, she was telling me her own story as a Mompreneur, how she decided to pursue her passion for photography as a home based business when she fell in love with capturing images of her own children. Creating this business gave her the opportunity to be with her children as often as she wanted to. And, she added, it wasn’t really about making money (gasp!) as much as it was about providing a high quality, relationship-building service to people during one of the most important times of their lives. Her values of quality, service, artistry and relationships come through in all of her photos and in her business.
Jen lives in Santa Barbara, in Southern California and our wedding was in Stinson Beach, in Northern California. After speaking with her for only 15 minutes, we had created a warm, deep connection over the phone. She offered to come shoot for our whole 3 day wedding weekend for $1500 plus travel expenses, which was BELOW what we allocated in our modest photography budget! I couldn’t believe how perfect the fit was, how much her contagious energy, professionalism and true care for the families she worked with made me look forward to, rather than feel nervous about, our special wedding weekend.
…it wasn’t really about making money (gasp!) as much as it was about providing a high quality, relationship-building service to people during one of the most important times of their lives.
Our family has continued to work with Jen as our photographer as we’ve grown. When our daughter was two months old, Jen happened to be in San Francisco on the day we had a baby welcome barbecue and came over to shoot a reel for us at minimal charge. She was truly thrilled to see our family again and to meet its newest addition. Over the holidays this past year, we met her with my husband’s family to take pictures at the temple and beach in Malibu. Again, she was excited to see our happiness in raising our daughter and to be a part of our continued family journey.
Jen is a Mompreneur who has inspired me to pursue my passion, create a business, have a flexible lifestyle full of joy and balance so that I can focus on raising my family while contributing genuine value to peoples’ lives.
Her success comes from her deep commitment to creating memorable images of the most important moments in peoples’ lives while being present, available and taking pleasure in raising her own family each day.
I am thankful to have met and worked with Jen and for her friendship as I pursue my own Mompreneur path.
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