The 2021 Find A Photographer awards program was such an exciting time! Clients from around the country reviewed their favourite photographers and some absolutely fantastic businesses were awarded. Today we’re chatting with Jess Lee from Jess Lee Photography in Canberra – Australian Capital Territory Photography Business of the Year winner!
JESS LEE PHOTOGRAPHY, CANBERRA ACT
I signed up to the Canberra School of Photography when I was on maternity leave in 2014, because I really wanted to learn how to use my DSLR to take photos of my own children. (Ha! which has resulted in me taking photos of EVERYONE else’s kids.)
I thoroughly enjoyed it and decided to pursue it a little further by taking photos at friends’ parties and christenings etc.
Encouragement from my family and friends made me start charging for my time and after many more classes including how to use photoshop, some business classes, some newborn safety training and a photography summit with workshops on posing, printing, editing, calibration and now finally a social media course – here I am!
I specialise in photographing maternity, newborn, and family sessions.
I occasionally photograph weddings, especially for past clients of mine who want me to be a part of their day. It feels so special!
I offer linen albums, art prints and floating acrylic mounts.
I was the first photographer in the ACT to offer gowns as part of my client experience and I now have a huge collection of boho and classic styles to accommodate all the beautiful bumps that come to my studio.
I offer a relaxed studio setting with a double bed and boho decor. I find small children are so much more relaxed and comfortable coming to my studio with their new baby siblings.
What She Loves
I love being my own boss! I love running my business from my home too. No travel to and from work and I can set up and work when I am able.
I love that I am capturing families in some of the most special times of their lives and creating some beautiful memories for them.
I also love helping women feel gorgeous in their own bodies and special. The appreciation of your services is also really addictive!
Her Reaction When She Won
What an honour! I was absolutely blown away by how many of my clients responded and took the time to review my business. When photographers win awards, it’s often for the pretty pictures they produce. It’s also often about whether they are in particular groups or clubs.
To know that my clients wanted me to win because of my services and the way they felt about their sessions with me, so so so good! Running a photography business isn’t just about the photos!
Jess’ 2022 Plans
I have had a rough two years. I’ve had two surgeries during the pandemic and recovery didn’t allow me to run my business to its full potential.
My goals for 2022:
I want to be the most recommended photographer in Canberra, and I would like to have a steady stream of clients coming in again. I’d like to have some sales go to prints and products.
A bigger picture goal – I’d like to possibly teach other photographers.