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Meet Jocelyn Taitingfong-Camarillo of Jocelyn Marie Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jocelyn Taitingfong-Camarillo.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Jocelyn. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My name Jocelyn Taitingfong-Camarillo, and I am a photographer currently based in Oceanside, CA. I specialize in documentary style photography, and dedicate my work to intimate weddings, vow renewals, with a minor in portraiture. I incorporate nature as much as possible with my work with scenic views, vast greenery, and other natural elements.

I’ve been with-camera since I was 12 years old, and feel that’s what drove me to continue to find classes and clubs throughout grade school that involved photography. I was my high school’s youngest yearbook editor and moved into college working with my theater department and developing headshots for transfer students. From there, I buckled down and got more serious with creative concepts, networking, and trying out different genres of photography.

My story has lead me to sunny San Diego as my husband pursues his career in the United States Marine Corps. As a military brat and now wife, it’s comforting to be in a military town where you get to meet people from all around the world. There’s never a dull moment! Our tribe consists of a sweet, not-camera why daughter and 2 Pomeranians that never leave her sight. Now as a mom, wife, and full-time photographer, I’m learning how to find a balance between what life has to throw my way.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Nothing in life has a smooth course. And it’s weird how life is meant to be that way, in order to build us into the person we need to become. The biggest struggle so far probably has to be trying to build my photography business when I still had a full-time career and my daughter was under 1 years old and didn’t have my husband there or family to help me.

My husband was deployed last year and missed our daughter’s first holidays and her first birthday. I wasn’t full time just yet. But I managed to continue with my corporate job, have my daughter in daycare for 10 hours, would be in California traffic for 1-2 hours a day, take my daughter with me to my sessions right after work, and then come home and make sure dogs are walked, we all eat, shower, and get sleep.

Except, my day didn’t stop there. Some nights I had to pick and choose between catching up on housework or spending that time editing, delivering galleries, and sending out emails. Or sleeping. And if my daughter woke up in the middle of the night, all other activities come to a complete stop until she’s comfortable again.
I did that for over 6 months.

I was withered down. My photography and playtime with my daughter were my only 2 safe havens. Taking my daughter to sessions gave me empowerment to continue doing what made me happy despite our current situation. She loved getting to play with clients and watching me out in the field doing what I loved.

Many small business owners will understand the dues we have to pay in order have the business take off. And sometimes that does mean continuing to have another source of income. Many parents will understand the worries of childcare. Many military spouses understand the struggles of trying to do it all when sometimes it’s you leading the pack while your husband is deployed.

So many people were there for me during this time in my life and couldn’t be thankful for encouragement and stories shared on how they’ve built their dream and made sure other parts of their lives are also nourished.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Jocelyn Marie Photography – what should we know?
I’m a lifestyle photographer that specializes in elopements, intimate weddings, vow renewals, and other private events. I do still offer portraiture also. I’m known for working with smaller sized weddings and servicing the military and civilian community of Oceanside. I relate to my clients who want their wedding on a smaller scale, as my husband and I both did the same thing. Working with a smaller canvas, you have more room to pay attention to the details, and make your viewers appreciate the hidden gems you find.

Since most of my weddings are non-traditional, it means my clients are looking to create something that’s either never been done before, or it’s at less stressful. There’s pride in creating many of the accents that you will have to decorate your reception. There’s a sense of adventure when you decide to elope. The energy I get from my clients and their fun ideas fuel me as an artist.

What makes me the most proud as a company is being able to work with so many military couples as I do. In a sense, I get to see my husband and me in my clients. I get to remember how it felt to be young, and we’re both starting our careers, we’re not sure what the military is going to make us go through, but we’ll be there together. I get to see two people ready to create a life with their partner.

I salute to my military families and donate services with participating vendors in the Oceanside monthly to couples eloping, and throughout the year donate stylized wedding portraits to couples who never had the opportunity to have a photographer at their courthouse wedding.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
The foundation of my success has to be my desire to take care of my clients.

People can learn more about business, marketing, or social media analytics. People can be book-smart. But you can’t teach someone to be passionate about their clients and their love story. There are so many walls that we as humans have that we allow our future significant others try and break down. We’re so hesitant to let people in and see how vulnerable our love and our emotions are.

In order for me to do my best work, I have to find ways to get my clients comfortable enough to share that tender side in front of the camera. It’s my duty as a photographer to tell someone else’s story with the same level of intensity that the subject feels.


  • Elopements starting at $400
  • Intimate Weddings starting at $850

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