We had the good fortune of connecting with Jussara Sandoval and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jussara, as a parent, what do you feel is the most meaningful thing you’ve done for them?
As a parent the most important thing I have done in terms of impact on my children is teaching them a YES I can attitude. I want my kids to know that the only limitation is yourself! The self-doubt, fear, and lack of confidence in yourself is the only thing that can hinder anyone from what they want to achieve. With me being able to achieve my goal as a photographer I am teaching my children that they too can reach their goals.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
What sets me apart beside my artistic view, is that I am a boutique photographer. What is a boutique photographer you may ask? The difference is my service to my clients, I am taking the time to get to know the client before our session to see what is it that they are looking for, I do a in person consultation so that when I do the shoot, I envision and plan what kind of shots and moments I want to focus on capturing! Once the photos are ready for delivery, I do an in person art design consultation where I deliver their photos and help them choose and design their new art for their home. My goal is to know my client and build a relationship, have fun with them, hear their wants, and deliver it. It wasn’t easy at first, it takes several failures to learn and be successful. At first, I had my fears, I was a mom of 4 and I had to think am I good enough to pull this off. Well with the love and support of my family and friends, I made the decision to follow through and It has been such a ride, but I love every single moment of it. Till the day of today I am still learning and growing every day. Now I have had to pivot with the pandemic going on but that’s ok I am still able to continue my business with a few changes, like now due to covid I do zoom consultations and wear my mask when at shoots. I have learned so much from having my own business, I grateful for all the lessons it has taught me, like how I am surrounding from loved ones who support me, how I love to work with people and make them happy when they see their art, how in order to succeed you need to fail to learn and never give up.
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?
My favorite places to go to in AZ if I had to entertain my best friend, we would go have breakfast at 32nd St Cafe on Greenway Rd, I love that mom & pop breakfast joint, they have been there for years. Then go for a hike at Jewel of the Creek. For dinner I love to go to Tash it’s a Mediterranean inspired restaurant in Scottsdale with amazing new, food, and ambiance. (Great place for awesome selfies also) One of my other favorite places to go to for adventure is Sedona I love to go West Fork Trail for such a beautiful hike full of colors, creeks, and shade. While I am there I have to stop by Tlaquepaque for some beautiful photos as well as shopping, oh yea don’t forget they have an awesome little ice cream shop with the best flavors. Can’t Forget while I am up north might as well also go to Jerome cute little old town not too far from Sedona for some great burgers and fun. Back in Phoenix there is a great Ale house called Angel’s Trumpet Alehouse for the best Beer Garden in town along with their wings. Also, one of my favorite spots to go to watch the amazing colorful sunsets in Phoenix is Dobbins Lookout at South Mountain you get a majestic view of Phoenix lit up and the sunset. One cool local studio I love to go to is Circle 6 Studio. It’s a Glass blowing Studio that teaches you how to do glassblowing, I love going there and coming home with a new piece of art I did in glassblowing. Well, I can go on forever on more stuff to do here in AZ but for now we start with these locations
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband has been my biggest #1 fan and supporter. I am grateful to my family and friends for all the support and encouragement they provided me, it helped get the head trash out of my head and jump in forward in pursuing my business as a photographer. When I made the decision to be a photographer, I was working a stable full-time job, I told my husband that having my own business and being a photographer is what I really wanted to do, he didn’t even flinch. He was like “ok babe do it and what can I do to help”. I thought he would think I was crazy for wanting to leave a full-time stable job to pursue my passion as a photographer, but he didn’t. Along with the encouragement of my friends and my photography professor I believed in myself enough to follow through. A book also very helpful in all my process is “I am Worth Every Penny” by Sara Petty is very insightful. This book is really good to read for anyone who has any doubt about themselves in what they can achieve.