1- What sparked your creativity to jump into doing DIY photography props? I have always considered myself a fairly crafty person, even as a child, so when it came to coming up with props for my photography it only made sense for me to do and make what I could on my own. Let’s be honest some props and such are very expensive also. So if I can save a few bucks here and there by making my own props then Yes I sure will.
2- What has been your most fun DIY prop project? I made myself a crafting desk. It was a thrift store find and a steal at that ($4.99). I bought a couple of the barely used cans of not quite mixed correctly paint from Wal-Mart and spruced it up. TADA! Custom crafting desk.
3- How did you get involved with the Thrifty Tog Blog? I joined a facebook group, Santographer, by Laura Winslow and had posted a couple photos of a DIY backdrop I made out of foamcore and bows (the kind used for gifts). Jesica Montgomery reached out to me and asked me if I would like to write up a DIY tutorial for my bow backdrop to be used on a blog that she and a friend were starting up. I was flattered and of course agreed and now here I am, part of a wonderful group of women who lift and inspire each other everyday. I am so proud to be able to be a part of the Thrifty Tog Blog and so happy that I have gotten to know such wonderful photographers with the group.
4- How has it impacted you and your photography? I has given me so many new perspectives on what a beautiful photograph is to different people. That there is no right or wrong style to shoot or edit with. I has encouraged me to shoot much more often than I would normally outside of my sessions. It as given me what i hope to be some life long friendships.
5- What has been the highlight for you as you are on this journey as a collective group of bloggers? Being a part of such a talented group of photographers has really pushed me to think outside the box and grow as a person and as a photographer. Jesica is such a very positive and uplifting person, it’s nearly impossible to have a bad day if you talk to Jes. They have each in their own way inspired me to do more with my photography and I could never thank them enough for that. We talk pretty much daily and it;s always a nice chat to have and look forward to. Sharing so many ideas and seeing things from each others perspective helps so much.
6- What is your favorite and most inspiring thing you shoot? Children and nature. Not necessarily at the same time but when I can that is always a plus. Small children are so carefree and innocent and I love capturing the wonder in their eyes when they are exploring the world around them, and the happiness that overflows out of them even with a simple giggle. With nature I love capturing the simple things. he things with overlook in our busy day to day lives.
7- What is the biggest piece of advice you could give to one starting out? Take your time. You dont need the most expensive or newest of everything to start. Knowledge is key, not equiptment.
8- Where do you find inspiration outside of photography? I’ve read this question over and over again and my brain is stuck on “Is there such a thing”. Honestly EVERYWHERE, however I always manage to find a way to relate it back to photography though, guess thats just how my brain is wired. I go to the park with my little ones and notice how the sun is falling on my little Paisley’s face or how the wind is blowing the swing all on its own. As I drive through town I think about the structure of the buildings and how amazing they are individually and even more so together. Photograph has taught me to appreciate the beauty in everything from emotions to the simple day to day things we see.
I’m Jetaime, owner and sole photographer of Jetaime La Vie Photography. I have three amazing kiddos who fill my days with laughter and adventure. Photography has always been one of my passions and I am so blessed to have been able to make it my career.