If you haven’t checked out Jenni Fellegi Portraits than you definitely need to check her. This Montreal based photographer is quite popular for taking beautiful portrait pictures. In fact, she’s the one who took many of the pictures from our famous #BossLadies we’ve been featuring on our platform. To say that she’s made a name known for herself is quite an understatement. This gorgeous girl is the face behind the camera several amazing pictures. This week, we turned her into the person in front of the camera so she could answer some of our questions. #BossBabe
BWR: Did you always know you wanted to be a photographer?
Jenni: No. I was always into photography. I asked my dad for a manual camera for my 14th birthday, but I never thought until much later I would make a career out of it. My background is actually in translation and I worked as a translator for 10 years!
BWR: Where do you get your inspiration from?
Jenni: My gut. Is that weird? Lol. Ok let me explain. Obviously, I follow a lot of talented artists and entrepreneurs. I admire their work. But I wouldn’t say they inspire me. Their work can touch me in different ways. But what really inspires me as far as my work goes, is what goes on deep inside me. It is at the source of everything I do. As I evolve as a person, so does my work. As far as other parts of my life, in a world where the word “inspiration” is used for anything and everything, I would say I am truly inspired by anyone who shows great determination and people who truly master their craft.
BWR: What would you say has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your professional career and how did you overcome it?
Jenni: The biggest challenge I faced was knowing my own value and what I bring to the table. There were times where I used to feel embarrassed when someone thought I was too expensive. I would think “oh no, what are they going to think of me?”. It’s something that a lot of artists struggle with. As I grew as a photographer and entrepreneur, I’ve learned to accept that not everyone values my work. However, this in no way diminishes my actual value. I know the work and heart I put into everything I do. Therefore, I don’t feel the need to justify myself anymore. I guess my confidence grew with experience. Oh, and paperwork. A big challenge I have yet to overcome!
BWR: What is your biggest marketing strategy?
Jenni: Paying attention. I listen and aim to always serve, not sell.
BWR: Do you have any regrets? Is there anything you wish you would have done differently?
Jenni: Looking back now, I think I would have reached out to people more when I first started. I was working in my own bubble. Trying to figure things out on my own and didn’t realize then the power of a network of like-minded people to motivate you, push you, support you. It’s so important to find people with whom you can share your ups and downs.
BWR: What is something you wish you would have known before going into entrepreneurship? What’s one thing you wish someone would have told you before starting your business?
Jenni: A passion is not a business. You need to work at creating a business if you want to survive. Have a business plan. Know your numbers. It took me a while to get there and I was all over the place at the beginning.
BWR: What has been your biggest accomplishment to date? What are you most proud of?
Jenni: I quit my job to pursue photography. I’m proud that I had the guts to do it (my motto is “No guts, no glory!”, oh and also “f*ck that shit” lol). Of course, I had the support of my family, without whom I wouldn’t have been able to take the plunge. Also, last summer I photographed the Mulroney family and I’m still bragging about it, is that bad?
On a personal level, my biggest accomplishments are my two little girls. I’m doing my best to show them they can do anything they set their mind to.
BWR: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? What is your main goal?
Jenni: I want to keep helping local entrepreneurs and businesses with their photography needs. However, I will always continue to provide families with precious memories of their loved ones – mother and daughter photo shoots were my first loves. But I’m really enjoying the new direction I am taking.