We had the good fortune of connecting with Gabby Jockers and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gabby, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
To stick with it. To maintain a positive and optimistic attitude even when it feels like I can’t get anything right, like leads aren’t knocking down my door to work with me, when I don’t see the results from my efforts. I recognize that building a business from scratch is not an overnight thing – it takes time! It can take months, years even before starting to see huge payoff. But I’m 100% committed to the business I’m building because I know that it is my vehicle for fulfilling my purpose, or dharma, which is to help women connect to themselves on a deeper level and shut up the inner critic that’s wasting their time, money, and energy on telling them they’re not good enough. Because when we stop wasting so much energy talking sh*t to ourselves, we free up soooo much to fulfill our potential and have a positive impact on our community.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I was that person who never had an answer to “what to you want to be when you grow up?” I had no idea! So I went to school for business because I knew I wanted skills and knowledge I could easily apply to any future endeavors. But it wasn’t until after graduating university and working in full time jobs that I started craving more creativity in my life. One of my core values – Beauty Everywhere – was not being fulfilled by working sales jobs in tech. Even though I’d been taking pictures since I was a kid, it took a while for me to see it as a viable career.
The first work I did as a photographer was yoga photography. Those experiences opened my eyes. I saw how my photographs weren’t just pictures of a person, but a window to witness someone’s soul. To see their spirit shining at it’s brightest. And as I continued to explore more realms of photography – starting with couples and eventually getting to women’s boudoir photography – I always focused on how I could use the experience of a photoshoot to draw out something deeper, more intimate, more personal, about the subjects so when they looked at their photographs, they were blown away by how truly they saw themselves.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First of all, my home! My home is my favorite place and I love sharing it with my friends. I show them my sunset view of the mountains from my office window, my photography studio where the magic happens, and the view of downtown Denver from my front door. I’m all about the views 😉
Next, depending on the season and their fitness level we might go skiing or hiking at some of my favorite spots. My favorite thing about being in the Denver area is accessibility to the mountains, so they’re going to enjoy them with me!
Finally, we’ll finish off with eating some delicious food. I love the Asada Rica burrito cart on 16th st mall, Farmhouse Thai for the best Thai food in town in Lakewood, or try out a new pizza place as I’m always looking for the best pizza around.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are a few people who have been my rocks offering support since I started this often difficult journey! First, my best friend since we were 8 years old who is always coming up with new ideas and talks me off ledges – Melissa. Then, a close friend who inspires the heck out of me and bursts with positivity – Danielle. Finally, my partner of 10 years who never doubts my ability to succeed and celebrates all the little and big wins with me – Freddy. I am so blessed to have be surrounded by people who believe in me and are nonstop inspiring to be a better human and businessperson.
All Photos by Embodied Art Boudoir (me!)