Alright – so today we’ve got the honor of introducing you to Reyna Jean. We think you’ll enjoy our conversation, we’ve shared it below.
Hi Reyna, thanks for joining us today. Let’s kick things off with your mission – what is it and what’s the story behind why it’s your mission?
My business philosophy is rooted in authenticity, communication and fun. Being in front of a camera is a very vulnerable moment. I feel honored every time I get a chance to work with a new person or family. It’s like I get my own special preview into their lives, capturing and preserving a moment that will never happen again!
Awesome – so before we get into the rest of our questions, can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers.
I am a first-generation college grad and proud mother to my 11 year old daughter. I hold a Masters degree in Learning Development and Family Sciences from the University of Colorado Denver. Much of my professional experiences are in community, advocacy and youth/family services. I never planned on being a business owner. Since I was very young, I always loved taking pictures, making albums and maintaining a large digital archive of photos. I was always the person people went to for collages and slideshows.
In the summer of 2020, I purchased my first camera, and I was introduced to local creative groups here in Denver, I started shooting at photography meetups and was off to the races. Here I am now in my third year of running my own photography business. Around ninety percent of my clientele has been through word of mouth, and I credit that to my community work. I have been very fortunate to be well connected in Denver. Well connected doesn’t always equate to long term sustainability. I am still actively pursuing growth, innovation, and partnership opportunities.
Let’s talk about resilience next – do you have a story you can share with us?
Obstacles have been the cornerstone of my personal and professional journey. I am a student of life and I’m always learning. Regarding my business journey, I still struggle with identifying and promoting my own style. I can be very critical of myself, and I often feel like I’m not doing enough. The word “resilience” its tattooed on inner arm, I had this done as a reminder of all the times I’ve fallen and got back up. The strength and grit comes from my warrior ancestors, the Aztecs and the Apache (Diné) indigenous/first nation inhabitants of Mexico and the U.S.
For you, what’s the most rewarding aspect of being a creative?
The greatest reward is the autonomy to show up as my authentic self, dream big and create my own design for life, no bureaucracy or red tape. To connect and inspire through my story of being an agent of change for my daughter and future generations. I’m always working on being a better version of myself so that I can be of service to others. When a client hires me, I make it a point to be fully present and I strive to leave a positive impact on all those I interact with.
- Website: reynajean.com
- Instagram: @rj_portraits
- Facebook: @ReynaJeanPhotography
- Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/reynajean/
Main photo:Joel Lahey Photography
Graduation Photos: IamGiovann
White Jacket: Kai Davis Visuals
Quince Reception: John de Rochambeau