For this week's interview we're going south to Georgia to talk to Jennifer Collins who runs a fantastic studio and is also running for PPA Council.
SeniorInspire I want to talk with you a bit about why you're running for a seat on the PPA Council, but first tell us a bit about when and how you started J Collins Photography.
Jennifer Collins I actually graduated from college with a computer programming and information systems degree. They made me take electives outside the computer lab, so I took a photography class. And so it began! I have been full time as my only source of income for 21 years now - Yes, I am one of those 60% business/ 40% percent photography brained people. 😃
SI If you had a time machine and could go back to the start of your business with a boatload of cash, what's something you would have bought then that you didn't have when you were first starting out.
JC A studio from the ground up! With a place for everything, all the organizational bells and whistles!
SI I know you photograph seniors, kids and babies. Wow! Do you have a preference?
JC Love seniors! Some of the parents however…
SI What are you're always game for?
JC A new project. Sometimes it’s a new background or area I am designing to shoot in, like the truck I painted red white and blue. Sometimes it’s a type of photography I have not done before. I am currently playing with macro water drop photography and under water photography! I'm also always looking for ways to streamline my business and educate clients. I seriously believe in educating clients!
SI Pepsi or Coke? And do you feel pressured to say Coke because you live in Georgia?
JC Oh, bless your heart, neither of those matter. Red wine girl here. But I am a country girl, so let’s stay with cheap box wine. Seriously, the brand Black Box is good!
SI Who are a few photographers, artists or influencers you follow on Instagram you think people may not know.
JC You're joking, right? I am self-employed, there is no time to play on social media. Ok, honestly I enjoy looking at behind the scene pictures from a lot of artists. I change around a lot based on the project I am on at the moment. Actually, I get a lot of ideas and inspiration from Pinterest. The pictures on there inspire me some days but more often, it’s something besides a photograph that gets me going. Maybe a new clothing style, a textured wall or maybe even what colors are in a painting.
SI OK, let's talk a little bit about the PPA Council. Tell us a bit about why you're running and how PPA members can vote. Can non-PPA members vote? You'd have my vote if they could.
JC Oh, flattery works for me ... haha. You do have to be a PPA member to vote.
I actually hadn't thought about running until a few weeks ago when someone nominated me. I'm on the board of directors for our state organization (GPPA), and I've been told people feel like they can voice their thoughts to me, and receive fair but honest feedback. I don't know who nominated me to begin with but after doing some thinking, I am very glad they did and I'm up for listening to their ideas and hope to put some of those ideas into motion.
SI Good luck with that! Any readers who are PPA members can head to the PPA website and cast your vote for Jennifer. Ballots must be cast by tomorrow, June 16th!