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Meet Linda McDonald of Jalea Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Linda McDonald.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I got started in photography when my kids were little. I always thought I might enjoy it but made a bunch of excuses not to buy a DSLR – too heavy to carry around, too expensive, etc. Finally, after realizing I hadn’t filled out any of my kids’ baby books, I thought it might be easier to document their childhood with photos. So I got my first DSLR and spent every moment of my free time learning about photography. To say I was obsessed is an understatement. My only regret is not doing it sooner.

Since then, my children have been my muses. I have loved and found beauty in photographing their everyday moments. It is what inspires me the most. As they got older, I branched out into other niches. I joined local photography groups where I met other enthusiasts and got to practice shooting different types of photography such as landscape, architectural, street, night-long exposure, etc. As a result, I found that I liked and was good at photographing other subjects too. However, my favorite genre is and will always be portrait, lifestyle and documentary photography.

Eventually, I decided to do photography professionally. It was never my goal, it just happened organically. Meeting other professionals gave me the confidence to do so, as well as assisting other photographers at photo shoots and weddings. It’s been quite a journey, and I have my kids to thank for it.

Please tell us about your art.
While I love doing many types of photography, I specialize in wedding, portraits and events. I love photographing human subjects, emotions and candid moments. I strive to capture images that make you feel something when you look at them. When I photograph a wedding or families, it is my goal to give people images that will bring them back to that very moment and how they felt on that day – in essence, to freeze time for them.

We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
Yes! This is so true! Even though I’m an introvert by nature, I feel isolated at times working from home without any co-workers to chat with. So my suggestion would be to find a Meet-up or Facebook group. There are many local groups for artists and self-employed business owners.

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Image Credit:
Jalea Photography, Kelly Jett Photography

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