My name is Vanessa Jordan and I am a Destination Wedding and Personal Branding Photographer based out of the Nashville area. I recently launched a YouTube channel to provide education to other small business owners on graphic design, photography, branding and so much more! I love to teach and this is such an exciting endeavor for me in addition to working with incredible clients to capture their biggest moments to be cherished for years to come.
I grew up in the South Eastern part of Wisconsin, within a 30 minute radius of the Milwaukee area. Life was pretty great honestly. I was a very creative child that had big dreams. I was always knee deep into a project and LOVED to perform. I danced, twirled baton, acted in plays and musicals. I'm not sure where my entrepreneurial spirit came from because most of my family works for a business or are teachers. As much as I loved kids, there was something telling me that I wasn't meant to be a traditional teacher. And now that I think about it, I think that feeling of not being a "Traditional teacher" has lead me to now teaching small business owners how to be their own graphic designer and be able to stand out in a saturated market.
I got into the photography industry by taking a photography class in college. Along with my graphic design degree, my university required students to take other classes in the more "traditional arts classes". Once I got behind that camera, I feel in love. I enjoyed getting my roommates out to explore the city adn let me take pictures of them. It was so much fun! It wasn't until after I graduated college that I felt that was something was missing from my day to day life. I was getting drained at my corporate job and I was looking for something more. That's when I started my business and I haven't looked back since.
I love having the ability to tell a story about my clients and capture their true beauty and personalities. Back when I was in high school having my senior pictures taken, I felt embarrassed, certainly not beautiful and frustrated during my session. The lady who was taken my pictures made me feel uncomfortable and none fo the pictures really looked like me and showed the true me. I strive to make sure NO ONE feels that way because they shouldn't! It's hard to get in front of the camera and it can be very scary at times. I want to showcase their true selves so when they look back on those moments for years to come they will remember some really happy memories, not ones filled with uncomfortable feelings.
The Key to Resiliency
What keeps me going is the happiness I bring to others. Once I send off the email that my client's pictures are ready I get a novel long email of how amazing they are and how I captured their personality so well. It makes me so happy that I get to bring them so much joy. It makes me know what all the hard times are worth it.
The greatest lesson I have learned is that your business is not like everyone else. You are on your own path and that's completely ok! You will grow and reach different milestones as others which is what makes your business different from everyone else. Accept the fact that you are not going to be like any other business, so there is no need to compare. Be happy to collaborate, not compare.
Advice for Others
I would say, if you are passionate about what you want to start, then do it. Don't second guess it. Learn all that you can and always be in the mindset that you can learn new things. You are never the expert at everything and that's ok!
What 3 words describe you?
Bubbly, fun and bright
Who is your idol & why?
My idol is actually two people, they are Kelsey and Becky and they run a YouTube channel called The Sorry Girls. I have been watching them ever since they started and it is amazing to watch how their channel has changed over the years into what they are best in. They have started a podcast which I am OBSESSED with and all of their content is so fun and intentional. They are not creating content just to create content, it always has a purpose and reason.
To what do you contribute your success?
I am constantly learning. I am always reading, listening to podcasts and watching YouTube videos. There is ALWAYS something new to learn and a way to build my business even more.
What is the first thing you do each day?
My first thing I do each day is go on Instagram and then do yoga. I find that doing yoga helps wake me up and prepare my mind mentally for the day ahead.
What is your top goal over the next year?
My top goal over the next year is to get to a point where I can be part-time in the corporate world and full-time in my business.
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