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Meet Taryn Kent Jenkinson of Taryn Kent Photo in Carlsbad

Today we’d like to introduce you to Taryn Kent Jenkinson.

Taryn, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve always had a camera with me from the time I was in Jr high school through college documenting my life and friends. It wasn’t until later in my life I realized I could make a career out of my hobby. I went to college for graphic design, which entailed a few film classes & I fell in love with the darkroom. I got a job working at a one-hour photo lab in college developing film (which still has to be one of the most fun jobs I ever had!).

 

 

 

 

After college, I began working in the action sports industry doing magazine production which led me to meet all kinds of creatives. I continued shooting as a hobby especially when I traveled. It really wasn’t until a few friends told me how good they thought my work was that I actually began to consider doing this for money. I got a DSLR camera and learned how to use some classes and teaching myself.

 

 

 

I started a photo blog & began shooting weddings with a photographer friend and soon had friends and friends of friends hiring me to shoot their engagement photos, family photos and weddings. I shot weddings and portraits for a few years as I was still working full-time in the action sports industry doing footwear material sourcing and trending. I eventually left my job and built a successful wedding & boudoir photography business with another photographer.

 

 

After a few years, I started to become less interested in shooting weddings and more into fashion and lifestyle. I started shooting for brands and creating content which led me to where I am today. My love and experience with travel led me to shoot content and lookbooks for brands on the road and in other countries. I’ve now been shooting photography freelance for 11 years (the last 8 being my only job). It’s been a long road to where I am now, but looking back, every step and person I met had a purpose for what my career has become.

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?
Oh, not at all! It’s been a crazy long road to get to where I am today… I think one of the biggest challenges for me was not knowing what I wanted from the beginning… it took a while for me to figure it out. Each time I worked hard to build up my business or career and then had to start all over again when I changed direction.

 

 

Leaving a full-time salary job was hard at first as I wasn’t making nearly as much money shooting weddings. But we worked hard to grow that business and then leaving the wedding industry and moving to fashion/lifestyle was like completely starting over again! It took a while to build my contacts up again and start making the money I wanted to!

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Taryn Kent Photo story. Tell us more about the business.
I’m a photographer, specializing in fashion, lifestyle and travel. I also shoot interiors, families and kids.

 

 

I’m most proud of how much I’ve been able to travel for work. I remember one day working at a desk in the corporate world dreaming about how I could travel more and make money doing so. I completely manifested a career that has led me all over the world including Tokyo, Turkey, Bali, Mexico, Thailand, Europe and more. I’ll never forget the time I shot a lookbook for Cleobella in Cappadocia, Turkey.

 

 

We had stumbled upon this amazing rug store and the owners were so happy we wanted to shoot inside. It was like a dream and I couldn’t believe I was there… getting paid to do something I love so much and experiencing this amazing culture at the same time.

I think I’m known for capturing natural moments vs overly posed photographs as well as making people feel comfortable in front of the camera. I think what sets me apart is seeing things from different angles.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I think back to when I was still working in the corporate world and my photography business was growing on the side. I would come home every night after work and edit for hours and then shoot weddings & portrait sessions on the weekends. It was like two full-time jobs and I was so drained. I was scared to leave the comfort of my salary job but knew I couldn’t go on much longer working this hard.

 

 

Luck came in when the company I worked for decided to move headquarters to Orange County and gave anyone who didn’t live close the option to be laid off. It was like the stars aligned and pushed me in the direction I needed to go (with some financial ease!).

I also feel extremely lucky to have met so many amazing and talented people throughout my career(s)… many who have continued to lead me to new and exciting opportunities.

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