A lifelong passion for photography came into focus for Jackelin when the birth of her first child inspired her to build a business that caters to capturing the most dynamic subjects of all – children.
City / State
Salt Lake City, Utah
What was your big dream?
My big dream was to become a professional children’s photographer. My curiosity with photography began when I was around 10 years old. My older brother acquired a 35mm Nikon SLR and set up a make-shift darkroom in our kitchen (what were our parents thinking!?). In high school I inherited that camera and took a photography class and became the yearbook photographer. I’ve been taking photos ever since.
How did you accomplish it?
A professional photographer friend of my husband’s came to Salt Lake for a visit and saw my photos. He was impressed and encouraged me to pursue photography on a professional level. Shortly thereafter we relocated to Florida for my husband’s job, and moved into my husband’s childhood home, which happened to be on the same block as our friend’s. I had the opportunity to assist him on several photo shoots and eventually began booking my own clients. Word began to spread and people began to know me as a children’s photographer.
Where did you find inspiration to get started?
I got my very first boost of confidence from our photographer friend. He was so generous with his knowledge and expertise, and he constantly praised my work. But, my real inspiration was my first child. Like many new parents, I became obsessed with capturing every little moment on film. Since I knew a lot of moms, naturally my clients came from this circle. I guess you could say children inspire me, for obvious reasons – they have zero inhibitions and they’re so spontaneous. As far as photography subjects go, kids rule.
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What motivated you to keep going?
As a photographer, my primary goal is to create beautiful, honest images. I create images that make me happy – in other words, I do it for myself first. If I’m happy with an image, I know my clients will be too. That’s why they hire me. When I started, I was motivated every time I got positive feedback from my clients. It’s easy to be motivated when you know you’re good at what you do and you love every minute of it.
What's your next Big Dream?
I’m a mom of two young children and I run my own business. My kids come first, but my work is very important and so is growing my clientele. My dream is to increase the number of people who visit my website, www.jackelinslack.com. But I’d also like to find creative ways of doing this while somehow making a contribution to the environment. I’m currently brainstorming an idea with a friend of mine who happens to be very involved in improving Salt Lake City’s air quality. Stay tuned.
When you were 5 what did you want to be when you grew up?
An actor. I didn’t speak a lick of English then (I lived in Chile) and I would pretend to be a cowboy riding a horse through the dessert like the old American films I’d seen on television – I really thought I was speaking English too. Too bad there’s no video of that!
What about when you were 15?
An English teacher. I’ve always been a little obsessive about grammar.
Now, what do you want to be when you grow up?
In addition to photography, I also love pottery and knitting. I want to become a better knitter and I still dream of having my own little pottery studio where I can get covered in clay and Zen out on the pottery wheel, just like I did in college.
What book is on your night stand?
I just finished Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver. I don’t read a lot of fiction, but I get lost in her books. My favorite book of hers so far is Prodigal Summer. I also love to cook, so I have a stack of food magazines that I’m constantly leafing through for cooking ideas. And then there are the countless child-rearing books and knitting books.
What's your Guilty Pleasure? (Grey's Anatomy, Peppermint Mocha Lattes)
Going to the yarn store and looking at all the beautiful yarns and knitting books. I love to knit – it satisfies that need to work with my hands and quiets my mind.
What song moves you?
There are so many songs that move me, I can’t name just one, so here it goes: Blackbird by The Beatles, Landslide by Fleetwood Mac, First Cut by Rod Stewart, Gone to Carolina by James Taylor, Wild Horses by the Rolling Stones – these are the songs I listened to growing up and they still take me there.