Today we’d like to introduce you to Jasen & Amy Simmons. Them and their team share their story with us below:
It all started on a humanitarian trip to Guatemala in 2017. Amy was there in a social work capacity and Jasen for support and assistance. The larger group split into two; one of the smaller groups needed a photographer. Since Jasen didn’t have an assigned role at the time, he was asked to take pictures. He agreed and discovered a new talent and passion. Amy developed her interest in her middle teens as the darkroom editor for her high school yearbook and as an assistant in a local photography studio. Upon returning to the U.S. Jasen continued to learn and grow in the field. When our oldest graduated from high school in 2018 and had her senior pictures taken, we decided to go into the business. In 2018, we started Simms Photos to ensure quality photography was accessible while not losing the uniqueness of people and places photographed. It is important to us that all people are able to have their memories captured.
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?
Overall it has been a smooth road, this wasn’t a new passion for Amy, just one that had laid dormant. They were able to use an older camera she had to start out. Jasen is a true bargain hunter and within a year was able to find a used professional grade camera at an affordable price. Jasen connected with a local photographer who was willing to provide lessons. The largest setback was in 2019 during a volunteer marketing shoot for a non-profit; Jasen’s camera wasn’t fully secured and fell from the tripod, breaking both the camera and lens. Fortunately, he was able to have the camera repaired for far less than a new one would have cost, the lens was not as lucky.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
We strive to make professional photography accessible. We want everyone we interact with to feel seen and valued. We have photographed everything from sports to weddings, food to architecture, and the landscapes in between. We don’t really have a niche, except the willingness to try new things for folks who want their memories to last. We are proud of the work we do for non-profits and felt extremely honored to photograph Mr. Gay Missouri America 2021.
In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
Nearly everyone has a camera on their phone, and they are only getting better and better. We know it’s an industry with lots of options, but what we offer is different because we don’t have a preconceived outcome. We don’t have an image to uphold or a style to maintain. Our livelihood isn’t based on the income generated through the work, this leaves us able to be flexible and creative. We are here solely for the people who want great pictures, without pretense and without going into debt. That need isn’t likely to change in the next decade. We plan to continue to offer quality photography that accents the uniqueness of people and places to create happiness and lasting memories. We aren’t in competition with anyone, we will do what we love and let that passion shine through.
- Individual Session: $50
- Family Session: $75
- Pet Session: $50
- Pet & Family: $75
- Headshots: $40
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: https://simmsphotos2018.smugmug.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/simmsphotos
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SimmsPhotos2018