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Daily Inspiration: Meet Jessica Stamey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Stamey.

Hi Jessica, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Hi, y’all my name is Jessica, it’s nice to meet you virtually! To start off, at a young age, I was always interested in photography. I remember taking photos of literally everything and everyone with my mom’s compact digital camera.

Then, it turned into a passion for me, taking pictures of my friends, my cousins, and nature shots. My mom saw my passion and bought a professional DSLR camera for me in high school, and I fell in love with it.

I became a freelance photographer, making clients, and gaining skills with my work. Today, my clientele has grown, and I have branched out and gotten more creative with my photos.

One thing about me is that I like to make people smile, make them feel happy, and capture the memories they will cherish forever. It’s incredible to see someone at the moment, not thinking about the camera, but about their partner, or their career, baby, engagement, whatever it may be, and you get to see the moment, capture it, and now it’s a framed photo in their living room, office, or profile photo.

Another thing I have always loved is helping others, photography allows me to do that as well, by helping clients have confidence in themselves and looking back at memories they will cherish forever, but I wanted to do more to help others thrive. I spent years volunteering with various organizations, and in 2021 I launched my online article highlighting local non-profits and organizations.

I wanted to explore, discover, and educate others on the different cultures and people living in their area. I get to talk to leaders in the community about what struggles they see, their accomplishments, and how they are trying to help the people in our communities.

It’s hard to explain the happiness and joy that I feel, spreading the word about the non-profits, organizations, clubs, and whoever I talk to, and knowing this could help someone else.

Someone could reach out and get the help they need or volunteer to help out, or if you want to educate yourself on what’s happening in Tennessee, it’s a great read, or a great watch, if you watch the interviews posted online. I am very proud of both my photography and article writing.

Alright, 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?
The road with my journey has not always been smooth, of course, you deal with things in your personal life, but professionally in the photography world, it’s hard not to compare your journey to others.

It’s also very hard to “compete” for lack of a better word, with other photographers you admire. However, I took a step back and realized if I am not doing this for fun and because I love it, then why am I doing it at all?

That’s when I started to have fun with photography again, and gain more clients and social media attention.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a freelance photographer and freelance article writer and I’m known for both.

With photography, I specialize mainly in people and event photography (weddings, engagements, family photos, portraits, kids), as well as nature photography, and travel. With my photography, the goal is to capture the essence of you and your day, to really capture who you are as a person, or to capture your love for someone else.

With my article writing, I have conversations with local organizations, clubs, and non-profits in Tennessee about who they are, and what they specialize in, and in some cases, we also talk about laws/bills that are in the TN Legislature, or what is happening nationwide.

I share these articles so those who need the services or know someone who needs them can reach out to the nonprofit and get help with whatever they may need.

Some articles spread the word about what is happening in Tennessee or the nation, and how it affects those around us (friends, neighbors, classmates, co-workers), and tells readers that you too, can be an advocate and stand up for those living in your community that may be facing injustice or those in the world being treated inhumanely.

I am very proud of my art and I am very proud to have a platform to share the work these non-profits and organizations put in the community, how they advocate for change or show up in a call for action, or just help those who need their services.

It sounds cliche but I have a big heart, I care so much about others, and I’m just driven to make a change, and to make the world a better place. I always strive to make each photograph and each article the best they can be.

What do you like and dislike about the city?
I like how creative we can be, with our murals and artwork, and how we, along with other Tennesseans, will advocate for change.

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Jessica Stamey Photography

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