Welcome to the seventh installment of our new column “On Our Radar”
Is there a photographer whose work you find yourself going back to again and again? Maybe you have never heard of this photographer? Perhaps they are “flying under the radar”? It happens but I want to find those photographers. I want to celebrate their work. 2017 is the year of discovery at Senior Style Guide and I am counting on our readers to lead the way!
Each month we will be featuring an artist who is inspiring others, who may not necessarily be someone you have heard of. From time to time I will be enlisting the help of the SSG community to nominate an artist. I want to hear their story, share their triumphs and hear what they are doing to make this dream of theirs a reality. We can learn from others whether it be through inspiration, education or everything in between.
This community will only get stronger if we are there to uplift and give as many people as possible a voice.
Our “On Our Radar” artist this month is Jolene Dombrowski!
Nominated By: Vickie Black
When I first discovered Jolene’s work, I knew I was going to love the imagery, but I also loved the emotion it evoked. Her work has a storytelling quality to it. I always stop scrolling when I see her images in my feed! It seemed to be a perfect fit for this to be our next “On Our Radar” feature!
Tell us a little about yourself…What makes you tick and all the things that make you YOU!
How long have you been in the photography industry?
My Dad bought me a Mamiya 645 medium format film camera in 1996 (thanks, Dad) and I started my business in 1999, 2 months after my first daughter was born. All of my first senior sessions were shot on 3 rolls of 15 exposure film. Kodak Portra 400NC to be exact! It makes me laugh that now I try to emulate film with my digital camera! I guess that’s what you call full circle!
How did you end up making this your career?
I decided when I was 19 years old I was going to have my own photography business by the time I was 25 – which I did! Back then it was a much more difficult field to get into. There was barely the internet and Youtube was yet to be invented. My first job as a photographer was for Olan Mills. After that I worked for a few small, locally owned studios and learned (mostly from mistakes) as I went.
Your work has an amazing story telling element! Tell us about it and where you draw your inspiration from.
If it is personal work I am quite often inspired by music and simply things I love and think are cool! Sometimes a simple line in a song can inspire an entire shoot for me. I have a shoot idea brewing in my brain right now based on the life of a 79 year old women I met while shooting in Texas. Inspiration can come from anywhere!
For my client sessions THEY are my inspiration! I always sit down with them before their session and we talk about what they love, what their style is and how they envision their senior pictures. I sometimes suggest a “storyline” to them based on their personality and likes. Some client’s love that idea and we totally go for it. Sometimes it’s a much looser storyline and that’s okay too!
Your go to meal is?
My husband does most of the cooking and his go to meal to cook is grilled venison and veggies from the garden. When I have time, I make a pretty mean chicken soup or “paleo” clam chowder!
List one emotion you want people to feel when they see your images?
I don’t really have a particular emotion in mind for the viewer when I am shooting. When people look at my work I hope it makes them ask a question to themselves or want to know more about what’s happening in the image. Art is so subjective. I think it is up to the viewer to feel what they feel. If they feel anything, I’m happy!
What was your aha moment in this industry with your business?
In 5 words describe you…
What are your top 3 goals for 2017? Are you achieving them-if not, why?
Tell our readers something they don’t know about you? What will you be doing in 2018?
Ok who else is in love? Want to see more?
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