The Top 5 Things I Did to Learn Photography and Transition My Career

The Top 5 Things I Did to Learn Photography and Transition My Career

Over the last year I’ve had a number of people ask me how I learned photography and how I transitioned my career path from the corporate world to becoming a photographer. I wrote this blog post to share the my experience and exactly what I did in detail to learn the ropes. I love helping others find their path, so if you’re contemplating on how to transition into professional photography, want a side hustle, or just want to learn photography, this post is for you.

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Baker Beach Lifestyle Photoshoot with Bridgette Thornton

Baker Beach Lifestyle Photoshoot with Bridgette Thornton

This week I had a lifestyle photoshoot at Baker Beach with Bridgette Thornton. Bridgette is a talented artist and textile designer based in Berkeley, California. She's known for painting colorful flowers and has recently partnered with brands, such as Anthropologie and Serena & Lily. Her art is used in their home decor... think plates, wallpaper, and blankets, and more! 

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San Francisco Engagement Session at the Presidio, Palace of Fine Arts, and Baker Beach with Mat and Crystal

San Francisco Engagement Session at the Presidio, Palace of Fine Arts, and Baker Beach with Mat and Crystal

Last Sunday I got to hop around to some of San Francisco's prettiest places — the Presidio, Palace of Fine Arts, and Baker Beach to photograph Mathew and Crystal's engagement session. This session was EXTRA special because if you can't see the resemblance, Mathew, is actually my first cousin!

SPOILER: scroll to the very end, you will see a picture of us from our childhood , along with other family pictures from the archives!

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Styled Shoot with Anastasia Valocchi

Last weekend I collaborated with my good friend, Anastasia, on a styled shoot. She's one of those people that knows how to make anything beautiful and is also an amazing entertainer/host. It is no surprise that she's become a talented food/prop stylist, so it was only a matter of time before we combined our skills!

We finally got coffee in January to discuss different ways to collaborate. After a Pinterest board, some emails, and calendar date, we decided to setup a shoot. For this session, we worked out of her Russian Hill apartment and experimented with everything from croissants to cracked eggs. I learned that photographing brownies can be challenging and making a napkin look folded effortlessly is not as simple as it appears!

It was really refreshing to take the day to do some shooting for fun and learn some new things along the way. We went home with bags of sliced oranges and brownie scraps to eat for the next week, but it was 100% worth it. We'll definitely be working together on more projects throughout the year and I'm excited to offer Anastasia's styling in my menu of services!

Food Photography | Oranges | Lemons | Grapefruit | Hillary Jeanne Photography
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Oranges, Lemons, and Grapefruit | Hillary Jeanne Photography | Food Photography
St Germain Cocktail with Lemon and Grapefruit | Hillary Jeanne Photography | Food Photography
St Germain Cocktail with Lemon | Hillary Jeanne Photography | Food Photography
St Germain Cocktail with Lemon | Hillary Jeanne Photography | Food Photography
Croissants and Kitchen Baking | Food Photography | Hillary Jeanne Photography
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Croissants and Kitchen Baking | Food Photography | Hillary Jeanne Photography
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Kitchen Baking | Food Photography | Hillary Jeanne Photography
Kitchen Baking | Food Photography | Hillary Jeanne Photography
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Croissants and Kitchen Baking | Food Photography | Hillary Jeanne Photography
Brownies and Kitchen Baking | Food Photography | Hillary Jeanne Photography
Croissants and Kitchen Baking | Food Photography | Hillary Jeanne Photography
Croissants and Kitchen Baking | Food Photography | Hillary Jeanne Photography

TERYN GREY x Stinson Beach Greyhounds

I had the pleasure of working with Teryn Grey last month and I'm finally getting around to posting about it. It's been a busy, busy start to 2018! This was a unique session for me and I can't wait to share these images with you. 

Tara is the woman behind Teryn Grey, a Santa Barbara based Lifestyle blog that incorporates Greyhounds into her work. I have photographed dogs a few times, but this was my first time working with animals at this scale. The goal of this shoot was to incorporate eleven, yes eleven, Greyhounds from Golden State Greyhound Adoption into different images through out the day.

The session took place on the private estate of Willow Camp Estate in Stinson Beach. The house was built in 1917 and you can really feel the history throughout the entire home. We used various rooms around the home and backyard to incorporate different looks and Greyhounds.

One of my favorite rooms of the property had a large fireplace with a window that overlooked the Pacific Ocean. This was the darkest room in the home and it's where we decided to shoot a group shot of the Greyhounds at the end of the day. I was unsure of how these would turn out given the minimal light and unpredictable behavior of the dogs, but they ended up being some of my favorite shots that day.

For this session, I rented a 35mm lens and I ended up using it the entire day. I think it's safe to say that I'll be adding this lens to my collection in the future!

 

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hillary jeanne photography - teryn grey, greyhound dogs, fashion blogger
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hillary jeanne photography - teryn grey, chess, greyhound dogs
hillary jeanne photography - teryn grey, greyhound dogs, fashion blogger
hillary jeanne photography - teryn grey, chess, greyhound dogs
hillary jeanne photography - teryn grey, greyhound dogs, fashion blogger
hillary jeanne photography - teryn grey, greyhound dogs, fashion blogger
hillary jeanne photography - teryn grey, greyhound dogs, fashion blogger
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hillary jeanne photography - teryn grey, greyhound dogs, stinson beach mansion
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hillary jeanne photography - teryn grey, greyhound dogs, fashion blogger, travel blogger
hillary jeanne photography - teryn grey, greyhound dogs, fashion blogger, travel blogger
hillary jeanne photography - teryn grey, greyhound dogs, fashion blogger, stinson beach mansion
hillary jeanne photography - teryn grey, greyhound dogs, fashion blogger
hillary jeanne photography - teryn grey, greyhound dogs, fashion blogger
hillary jeanne photography - teryn grey, greyhound dogs, fashion blogger
hillary jeanne photography - teryn grey, greyhound dogs, fashion blogger
hillary jeanne photography - teryn grey, greyhound dogs, fashion blogger, travel blogger
hillary jeanne photography - teryn grey, greyhound dogs, fashion blogger
hillary jeanne photography - teryn grey, greyhound dogs, fashion blogger
hillary jeanne photography - teryn grey, greyhound dogs, fashion blogger

Lindsey Liu's Book Launch: Divorced, Single, and Scared to Mingle

I am SO excited to share a recent project I worked on with Lindsey Liu. Lindsey is a certified life coach and the founder of Soul Confidence. After experiencing personal divorce struggles, she set out to help women feel confident in dating. She's coached hundreds of women and has now written a book! 

Lindsey is a huge inspiration to me as someone who takes massive action and lives life by her own terms. I've been working with her since the launch of my business and it's been incredible to watch her grow. I am currently a member of her new business, Soul Confidence (invite only at this time), where she takes our community of supportive women through exercises that help us realize our inner working dialogue. We are now learning to use that knowledge to reach "Soul Confidence" or the best version of ourselves by our own personal definitions of success.

Lindsey asked me to work with her on some self portraits and brand photography for the launch of her new book, Divorced, Single, and Scared to Mingle. These images are being used for the book, along with digital promotions for her business.

Also, huge shout out to Michelle Sanchez at BareMade Studio who designed Lindsey's landing pages, the typography on the below images, and incorporated these images into Lindsey's overall brand! 

 

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soul confidence + hillary jeanne photography
soul confidence + hillary jeanne photography
soul confidence + hillary jeanne photography
soul confidence + hillary jeanne photography
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soul confidence + hillary jeanne photography
soul confidence + hillary jeanne photography
soul confidence + hillary jeanne photography
soul confidence + hillary jeanne photography
soul confidence + hillary jeanne photography
soul confidence + hillary jeanne photography
soul confidence + hillary jeanne photography
soul confidence + hillary jeanne photography
soul confidence + hillary jeanne photography
soul confidence + hillary jeanne photography
soul confidence + hillary jeanne photography

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Marc and Stacie | San Francisco Ice Cream and Rooftop Engagement Session

I met Marc and Stacie while working at Eventbrite. We all worked on the sales team together and Marc and Stacie's desks were right next to each other. Marc asked Stacie on a date via post-it notes and well, the rest is history. I don't think anyone was surprised to hear when they officially started dating.

They are both the sweetest people you will ever meet (with a little bit of sass - the good kind of sass). What I love most about them is that they are amazing at bringing people together. They have so many friends from all different places and I think that can give you an idea of their relationship and character.

I was really excited when they asked me to take their engagement photos. They have both been models for our friends various projects (Stacie is front and center on my homepage!) Stacie also has an amazing eye and knack for styling anything, so when she said they wanted to do Swensen Ice Cream (their first date) and their amazing Russian Hill rooftop, I was all in.

 

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Weaving at Home with Amanda Holstein

I love photographing people in their home environments. There is something about people being in the environment of their daily routines that makes these sessions so comfortable and relaxed. I love the quiet surroundings and lack of distractions. You wouldn't be able to tell from these photographs, but I pretty much took off my shoes and made myself at home moving from the floor to the couch over and over again. 

I've had the opportunity to shoot Amanda in her dreamy Russian Hill studio a few times now and most recently shot her while weaving interior decor. I love the cool tones of her home with DIY artifacts that really give it that personal touch. Every time I shoot with her I always have multiple questions about where she finds different pieces around her home.

Amanda runs Advice from A Twenty Something, a blog with an advice column and so much more. These photographs were for a partnership she had with Skillshare, which is an online community with thousands of classes to learn all types of skills like weaving. After hearing about their site through Amanda, I spent some time browsing through their classes and I'm looking forward to trying out some of their photography courses. I normally use Creative Live for learning photography, but I'm excited to see how it compares.

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Wedding Photography Timelines | Ideal Times For Your Wedding Photography

Wedding Photography Timelines | Ideal Times For Your Wedding Photography

Based on my experience in the wedding industry, I've created a guide on photography timelines. These are recommended timeframes to prevent any stress your wedding day and ensure we get the shots! 

I think of wedding photography timelines as two general types: "No First Look" and "First Look". I absolutely love the romance of having couples see each other for the first time on the wedding aisle. However, there are some benefits if you choose to do a "First Look" instead. Again, each couple is different on this, so it's best to figure out what's important to you and how many hours you need when booking your photographer!

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People of Asia

I took a trip with my parents to China and Thailand this past Summer.  We started in China and went to several cities beginning in Beijing and ending in Shanghai.  We also did a cruise on the Yangtze River and stopped at a few smaller villages along the way.  After exploring parts of China, we flew to Bangkok for a few days before heading home.

Looking through the thousands of photos I took, I loved looking back at all the people I photographed. Here are some of my favorites.

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Apple Hill

When I was younger my parents used to take my sister and I to Apple Hill in the Fall.  Apple Hill is a little town near Placerville, California with several apple farms.  They are famous for their cider, donuts, and pies.  For a full list of recommendations on eating and drinking, I'd take a look at this article

Living in San Francisco it is rare for me to experience Fall weather since San Francisco is pretty much the same season year-round.  This past weekend we decided to take a family road trip up to Apple Hill for old times sake.  It's still beautiful and one of my favorite places to visit (and photograph) in the Fall.

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Palm House

Palm House is located on Union Street in the Marina of San Francisco.  Their tropical vibes always make me feel like I'm on vacation when at home in the city.  Their food is delicious and it's the perfect spot for a fruity cocktail. I was so excited when they asked me to start shooting for their social channels.  They have been a blast to work with!

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