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Daily Inspiration: Meet Jordan Grover

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jordan Grover.

Hi Jordan, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
Growing up, I was always fascinated with art and photography. My aunt is an artist, and I grew up watching her take photographs and create beautiful artwork. I looked up to her often (I still do!). Throughout the years, my art was featured in school art shows. I did many art projects for the clubs I was involved in. When I was in high school, I found an old Minolta film camera that was my grandpa’s. He would show me his old film photography, and after that, my love for photography continued to grow. For Christmas one year, we both received the same Nikon camera as a gift. Photography has always been something that we have bonded over, and I hold it very close to my heart.

I have been doing photography for five years now, but this is my first year doing photography and art as a business. I’m also a fifth-grade Social Studies teacher. I love that I can use my creativity in my lessons. I always teach my students that when you admire something about someone else, tell them. We talk about how one compliment, or acknowledging someone’s strengths can turn someone’s day around. Last year, one of my students told me, “Mrs. Grover, you are so good at art. You should be doing this more often.” I love teaching elementary students because they speak their minds, and that comment definitely ignited my passion for art and photography again. After that day, I sat down and started making goals for myself.

Without my husband, I also wouldn’t be where I am today. He is incredibly supportive and has always believed in my dreams as an artist. I love creating paintings and photographs that people will cherish for years to come. Seeing my work hanging on their walls is an incredible, uplifting feeling. Since the summer of 2020, I have continued to grow and gain new clients that become friends. I mainly photograph couples+engagements, maternity, and weddings.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There have been some struggles along the way, and it definitely had to do with my perspective of self-worth and confidence. I didn’t know what I was doing when I first started photography. I taught myself how to shoot in a manual and I still learn new things every day from amazing mentors and friends. I have waited a long time to make my dream a reality simply because of a lack of confidence. When I was in fifth grade, I had an art teacher that changed my perspective of art, and not in a good way. My parents were going through a divorce, and art was a form of therapy for me. My parents noticed that I stopped drawing and dreaded going to art class. I didn’t take another art class until my freshman year of high school.

Even though it was years ago, I think about this a lot as a teacher. I want to make sure my students feel loved and supported. If they have a dream or something that sparks their interest I will support them. I make it a point to acknowledge their strengths and talents. You never know how one negative statement can impact a student’s self-worth. Teachers are here to inspire and motivate students, and I will always try to be a positive light in their lives. Go chase those dreams!

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a lifestyle photographer and artist. Thistle and Grove Art+Photography was inspired by my Irish maiden name and my married name. I feel so grateful that people appreciate my art and photography, and this dream of mine has kept me very busy! Along with photography, I enjoy making watercolor paintings, acrylic wedding signs, and micron pen art. I mainly photograph couples and engagements, weddings, and maternity. I am most proud of the fact that I am creative in a variety of ways. I think what sets me apart from others is my ability to make people feel comfortable during their sessions. I love meeting new people and can strike up a conversation with just about anyone. I especially love meeting adventurous couples that want to incorporate unique aspects of their relationship into their session. I pride myself on capturing genuine, authentic images that document natural storytelling and love.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs, or other resources you think our readers should check out?
The best resources I have found are other photographers and creatives. I have made so many friendships that I am grateful for. There are photographers out there who are “community over competition” people and want to see you succeed. I have honestly learned a lot from Dawn Charles’ Rise Photo Academy, Facebook photography groups, and YouTube. There is so much information out there and so many people willing to share and teach others from their own experiences.

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Image Credits
Esther Marie Photograp. (for the headshot)

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