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Conversations with Jamie Sonderman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jamie Sonderman.

Hi Jamie, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I can remember having a camera in my hand since I was a little kid. I was always taking pictures of everything, my pets, trees, flowers, my family, basically anything and anyone I could take a picture of, I did. I loved capturing moments so much.

It wasn’t until my first son was born in 2010 that I really got serious about learning more about photography, how to take a great photo, composition, and what settings to adjust for what outcome. Those things, I was determined to learn because I wanted to be able to take a good photo of my baby LOL!

I made my friends and family model for me just to practice how to pose/direct people and different lighting situations etc. Fast forward to 12 years later and I can’t believe the amazing growth I have made but also all of the amazing people I’ve met along the way.

Awesome clients, I consider my good friends. Capturing those connections between families, new mamas getting ready to meet their little ones, kids just having fun. That is what I love. I really do love what I do. I’m so thankful that I can say that, some people can’t.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Oh it’s never a smooth road, is it? I think the biggest struggle for me as a photographer is comparing myself to other people.

Over the last 2 years, I figured out that worrying about what other people are doing is a good way to make myself feel really bad about myself. It’s really hard in an industry like this to not compare yourself to all of the other great artists out there but all you can worry about is you.

Work on what makes your art YOU. What makes you feel inspired!? Worry about those things. Not everyone else. You got this!

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am what I would like to call a “visual storyteller”. Photographer.

That means I’m telling a story with the images I capture. I photograph families the most, maternity is a close second, and seniors third. What sets me apart from others? I’m not the photographer that is going to tell you to “smile, look at the camera”.

We are going to have fun, tickle each other, snuggle in close with your significant other, and tell a story.

Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
Growing up, I was never at home. Always outside riding bikes with my friends, hunting for tadpoles in a nearby ditch, and playing horse with my basketball hoop.

I’ve always been into coloring books, I was a huge Lisa Frank fan. Loved to play with hot wheels, barbies, and polly pockets.


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