INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2019 INTERVIEW: jade, jkg photography & management

Hi Jade! Tell us a bit about who you are and how you would you best describe your role(s)?

My name is Jade and I'm 25. I want to say I am a photographer but no I'm not just that anymore, I'm much more than that now. I'm an entrepreneur since running my management side of things as well as my Masterclasses. A typical day would start a 6.30am, I'd be editing photos until 9am where I am out the door then to get to my shoot which would start at 10am! So in short form I start early to finish early and finally sort out the images I've taken that for day too.

How long have you been doing photography for?

I'd say I picked up my first camera at 17 and now I'm 25 now which is about 8 years, but I would say I started taking it more serious as a career within the last 6 years. As for management, I started that in Aug 2018 which sort of fell on my lap really! I felt that I was really finding good at finding jobs for people, doing admin and thereafter my first client was Charlie Victory. She's quite established already and so I wanted to help further her career a little - she's amazing, shes great! She pushes me, I push her. She's very driven. She's very very driven and I like that about her because it also pushes me

Do you enjoy what you do?

I love what I do, everyday is different. I get to meet so many different people and I just enjoy the experience it brings.

Why photography? Where did the passion for it come from?

I've always liked taking photos which I know is quite cliche but it's true! So I started when I was in college as I wanted to make some extra money on the side while I was studying, I got a camera as I couldn't find a job and created my own! I literally turned my hobby into a job.

How did you make that decision to become self employed?

After I left college, I attempted Uni and I HATED IT haha! I just needed a job aside from photography so I started working at William Hill and then in late 2015, I became Grace Victory's photographer - that opened me up to the world of blogger photography. I then started working with loads of bloggers all whilst working at William Hill! So I was balancing both jobs five days a week. In 2017 I started to prepare myself to leave, so I put my hours down then eventually cut my days down. It was going well so I then left May 2018 but I officially became self employed in April 2018!

That's amazing, congratulations! We've seen a lot of your work around on social media, who have you worked with over the years?

The Plastic Boy, Grace Victory, Aaliyah Maria bee, Lateysha Grace, Adeola Patronne, ASOS, NIKE, M&S..

Do you find as a woman there are more expectations or pressures to deliver?

I feel like within ourselves as women, we feel like we have to but we shouldn't have to. Unfortunately, the world is dominated by males due to patriarchy but all we can do is be better than the person we was yesterday..

What would you say is your biggest achievement to date?

Mmmm... I'd say NIKE in 2017 as that campaign went global. It was the NIKE Curve campaign - two curve influencers were chosen to push the plus size launch of NIKE in the UK and my photography was used for that. Cosmopolitan picked up the story and my work was credited in there! From there on, every Fashion & Lifestyle magazines/blog such as HUFF Post, ELLE, Perez Hilton, even national papers such as The Mirror and the Sun followed suit! Also, Grace and I got to fly with Vodaphone last year Summer around Europe to promote their new 4G experience within the Continent which was a great experience. That was a little bit like a baton race haha!

Do you have any tips or advice for anyone who wants to follow the same career path as yourself?

Never give up! Always thrive to be the best that you can be. I have a motto 'Believe, Achieve, Succeed' which is self explanatory in order for you to achieve, you must believe in yourself because no one else will believe in you unless you believe in yourself.

In order to generally succeed, you must be able to believe you can achieve the goals you set yourself - big or small! Just write them all and work towards them, that's what I always tell people - it helps!

Follow Jade and her journey on her social platforms:

Twitter: @JKGPhotography

Instagram: @JKGPhotography