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Welcome to MADE in Lake County! MADE introduces you to the people and stories behind local Lake County businesses. Today we are meeting Jessica Weinstock, a Gurnee mom, and owner of Jessica Weinstock Photography.
What was the catalyst that started your business?
In 2009, when my daughter was about 1, I realized that my point and shoot camera could only give me photos of the back of her head due to how fast she was getting. I had never even heard of ‘Custom, natural light photography’ before I had my daughter. I was in an iVillage mom group online where a couple of the ladies were photographers. They inspired me to learn the craft, too. At first, to take better photos of my daughter. Which then spun into a business over the years.
Has it been difficult to get your business up and running while being a stay-at-home mom, managing a household, etc.?
Yes, time is something I don’t have much of. I work 4 days a week as a veterinary technician outside of my photography world, along with being a mommy to a 4-year-old and a 7-month-old. I do have a set schedule for my photography sessions, which usually works out very well.
What is the best thing about your job?
There are SO many things that are amazing about being a photographer. Being able to capture a moment in a family’s life that they will have forever is the main one. I also love being able to create these amazing friendships that I have with clients!
What do you do to recharge?
When I can find the time, take a nap!
What is your inspiration?
Aside from my children, my wonderful friends in the photography world inspire me every day. I am so thankful to be able to be a part of a wonderful community. Pinterest is also a great inspiration generator.
What is the most important thing you want our readers to know?
I have a true passion for what I do and am always looking for ways to learn and improve myself. I love being a part of these families’ lives for a brief moment and helping them capture these memories that hopefully last them a lifetime.
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Disclosure: Jessica Weinstock Photography is our featured Business of the Month. This series is part of a paid promotion partnership with Little Lake County. If you are interested in featuring your locally-owned business in our series, please contact the sales team.