Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Garcia.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Jennifer. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Lately people tell me that they can feel my joy. To know the weight of this compliment, you must know my backstory.
For the past ten years, I’ve felt like I just existed. There have been beautiful moments, but the bulk of this last decade was plagued with chaos and trials. For six years I was married and it was the most miserable time of my life. As that nightmare ensued, my Dad’s health rapidly declined from Parkinson’s Disease and Dementia. I finally ended the marriage and within a year my Dad passed away. Weaved throughout those heavy hitters were financial uncertainty, a heartbreak, and unhappiness from living without purpose.
Despite my reality, I continued walking towards a light I knew existed, even when I could barely see it. I made the life-changing decision to leave my long-time career in 2014 and solely pursue photography. I assumed self-employment was where I‘d remain, and I was good with that. However as I continued along my journey, I craved more.
In 2018 I rented a natural light photography studio and I knew without a doubt, I had to have a studio of my own. My vision was to create one space with multiple backdrops that I could rent to other photographers who needed a photo studio. My community lacked anything like this, and I knew I could bring this audacious dream to life. But at that moment, it seemed impossible how this hard-hitting desire could ever be my reality. Just over one year later, my Orange County, California photography studio, Spark Studios, is thriving and I’m currently expanding with a second studio.
To feel joy and happiness in this new capacity is something I cherish. I know life holds more trails and uncertainties, but I stay committed to living in the present and not fearing what may come. Looking back, I know this; where I am today is a lifetime worth of small actions that added up to big results, along with a constant practice in the art of risk-taking. What once seemed impossible, is now a reality that’s rapidly growing.
I’m working the hardest I’ve ever worked. I’ve developed a new level of discipline and confidence in what I’m capable of. But most importantly, I’m writing my own story. As beautiful as this moment is, just imagine…the best is yet to come. For you as well, believe, the best is yet to come.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
My journey has been an evolving narrative of highs and lows, ups and downs, exhaustion and bliss. One of my most important lessons has been to find peace in the unknown. While it’s never easy to sit in uncertainty, it’s imperative in order to reach your next chapter. Most people can’t hang in this reality, so they return to safety. Unfortunately that’s not what leads to greatness. Push through your fear, stay focused on what pulls at your heart, and remain in confident in the amazing things that you’re capable of.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Spark Studios story. Tell us more about the business.
I’m a photographer who adores creating portraits of people. I believe I have a gift for making people shine in front of the camera by bringing out their best. It’s special to me that I’m able to give people an amazing experience that leaves them walking away with a new confidence.
I’m also a writer and director and am excited to create documentaries that share stories of triumph. Lastly, I own a photography studio in Huntington Beach, California, called Spark Studios. While I shoot there regularly, I created this space for my Orange County creative community. It’s been one of the greatest gifts of my life to bring this stunning photography studio to life, and see all that is created in this stunning space!
Looking back on your childhood, what experiences do you feel played an important role in shaping the person you grew up to be?
While I have three siblings, they’re much older than myself, so I was raised like an only child. This meant I was lucky enough to have all of my parent’s attention and resources, which allowed me to dabble in my curiosities and discover what resonated. My parents were a bit older when they found out my Mom was pregnant, and I think it left them more tired than they’d been with my siblings. Because of that, I was raised in a very relaxed way, forced to figure out a lot on my own. I firmly believe this is what made me who I am, someone who always figures it out. And that’s one of the keys to being an entrepreneur.
- Address: Spark Studios
17877 Beach Blvd.
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
- Website: www.sparkstudiosoc.com
- Phone: (714) 386-9235
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: sparkstudiosoc
All photos by Jennifer Garcia of Jen CYK Photography and taken at Spark Studios.