We had the good fortune of connecting with Jennifer Bi and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jennifer, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I pursued an artistic/creative career because I want to show the world what my mind sees when I see buildings, models, nature, etc. I needed a healthy outlet also from my day job working in the mental health field. Since I cannot draw to save my life, I knew I had other advantages especially with my artistic eye.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
-What sets me apart from others is the way I edit my photos, how I always make sure my clients are happy with the photos they receive, and most of all, I create a safe space for them to be who they are and how they want to showcase their photos whether it be a creative shoot or something that is personal to them. -What I am most proud of and excited about is how many supportive people I have. I have had a lot of people turn me down in the past and tell me negative things about my photography and how I should stop.
-I got to where I am today professionally by being persistent in doing photos, being open minded with criticism whether I agreed with it or not, and being true to myself.
-It was not easy at all because I felt like I had competition to prove myself that I can be a good photographer and that I have what it takes to make photos look the way the client/model would like.
-The lessons I have learned along the way is take criticism with a grain of salt, not everyone will like your style of photography, and do not compare yourself to others.
-What I want the world to know about me and my photography is that I am here to capture your idea(s) just as you have imagined, clients/models will always have a safe place with me, and most of all you can be who you are with me, I am not here to judge.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take my best friend off roading up north and get lost in the woods. Itinerary would be waking up at 6AM going up north of the i17 to go to Sedona first. We would visit the little town called Tlaquepaque to see the arts and eat at the Oak Creek Brewery and Grill. After eating, I would drive to Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park to relax. Afterwards, I would drive along 89A to going up towards Flagstaff and stopping by West Fork Trail to hike and see pretty views. Afterwards we would stop at a airbnb to shower, relax, and rejuvenate for the next day. Afterwards we would stop by a quick shop to eat breakfast then go to a unnamed place where there are perfect views of the mountains and Sedona. After that we would visit Lockett Meadow then Mount Humphrey’s. If it was snowboarding/skiing season, we would snowboard then stay at a hotel up there and get dinner at NiMarco’s Pizza place and/or Bun Huggers. There are some very good breweries also called Historic Brewery, Dark Sky brewery, and Wanderlust Brewing Company. Afterwards, we would head back down to go home. Along the way, I would show her i17 Bumblebee/ Crown King exit. I have an unmarked place where I would watch meteor showers, stargaze, and do astrophotography.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would not be able to be this successful if it was not for my daughter, Anastasia who is always interested in my photography and pushing to keep going. Daniel McCourt- for always encouraging me to keep going and to look at things from a different angle. Tim Weaver- for always giving me words of encouragement when I want to give up and pushing me to keep going when I have people telling me I’m not good at what I do. Christian Adams- for always helping me when I am stuck with editing photos and helping me bring some ideas to life. Carolyn Davidsaver- for being an amazing model, being so supportive, and always helping me with my ideas. Rae- for always giving me fun shoots to capture and being so supportive when I am struggling. JoAnna DeLuna- I would absolutely not been able to do this if it was not for this beautiful woman. She has always helped me when I am struggling with photography and she has absolutely given me many ideas to keep going and different ways to conquer the struggles I have come across.

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Image Credits
The credit for the picture of me on my car is to Austin Rood

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