Today we're heading to a suburb of Atlanta to visit with Jena Golden of Jena Golden Photography and Senior Studio Success.
I've known Jena from back in the go-go Pro4um days, so it was nice to be able to catch up and talk a bit about her newest venture, SeniorStudioSuccess
SeniorInspire Have you always lived close to Atlanta?
Jena Golden I have, but Atlanta is a big place. I’ve never lived right in the city. My first studio was an hour south of the city, and about 7 years ago I moved an hour north of the city. It was not an easy transition, and I had to start my business all over again in my new town. That took quite a while to do, but it’s doable!
SI Do you know how to do a proper tomahawk chop?
JG Umm, of course I do!
SI Which would be more satisfying to you... Creating an artistically perfect image that doesn't sell, or taking an average photo your client buys as a 30x40?
JG Oh gosh! That’s tough. I love the art of this business, but at the end of the day, it’s a business. So, I’ll take that money to the bank and enjoy the fact that mama loved that image enough to hang a 30x40 of it on her wall 😉
SI What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
JG Well, I had to let a senior client borrow my bra during a shoot, so there’s that . . .
SI You go for a walk and find a lottery ticket at the end of your neighbor's driveway. You take it home and find out it's a million dollar ticket. What would you do?
JG Honestly I have no idea. I’ve never even bought one! Are those things anonymous or what?! I guess if I couldn’t find the owner then I’d cash that sucker, give a good bit to charity and build my parents' a house (because I know the guilt would totally creep in 😂). I’m sure I’d pay a lot in taxes, buy my kiddos something cool and invest the rest!
SI Who are your Instagram heroes?
JG For photography . . . Ane Marie Photography. She inspires me in so many ways!
For laughs and life . . . Camille Clausen.
And I’m currently living vicariously through Kate Becker.
SI Tell me a little about your educational venture, Senior Studio Success.
JG I’ve been in business since 2005 and probably made every mistake that could be made. But I’m at a point in my career where I’ve gotten our systems in place and run a really successful business. So I just felt like it was my time to help others get here a little faster than I was able to.
I saw a need in the industry to focus not just on the little pieces of the business but running a business as a whole and with intention. That’s what Senior Studio Success is all about — building your dream photography business, one that provides for your family and future. I love teaching photographers how to run productive and profitable studios so that they can spend more time doing what they love with the ones who mean the most to them.
My favorite place to hang out is on Instagram at SeniorStudioSuccess, and there are lots of resources on our website as well as our Facebook group!
I’d love to connect with you guys!
SI You heard her peeps! Go find her!