We had the good fortune of connecting with Janice Stevens and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Janice, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk is something I’ve always viewed as ever present, just a part of life and not necessarily something to shy away from. My whole adult life I’ve been willing to take the risk to step into the unknown, to do something scary, to face a challenge head on. This willingness to take risks took me to Turkey as an exchange student when I was 18, it led to a career change in my late 20’s and made moving half-way around the world for a job a possibility. All of these things and more have impacted not just my life, but also my perspective in very positive ways. In my career today, I still am willing to take that step and be scared and face the next challenge. I believe it has been an integral part of my business’s growth and will continue to take me and my business to new and even unimaginable heights. I look forward to every adventure.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I love all forms of photography, but I’ve focused mostly on portraiture. Where I really excel is working with people one-on-one, so I specialize in headshots, high school senior portraits and boudoir photography. I’ve got an easy going personality that puts people at ease and then I add in a little humor to make them feel comfortable and get them laughing. These qualities along with an ability to really connect with people allow me to use a two dimensional medium to fully represent a multi-dimensional person. I get the greatest satisfaction in my work from making people feel really good about themselves. I’ve been in photography in some way, shape or form for over 20 years. I started in underwater photography working for a liveaboard dive company. My foundation for studio lighting was formed through that experience and while I love natural light as well, I am really drawn to the creative possibilities of studio light. From the South Pacific and underwater photography, I made my way to Colorado, where I started my business 7 years ago. The path, like most life paths, took many twists and turns, and each one brought me to where I am today. No business venture is easy. It takes work, perseverance, unending optimism and grit. Along the way I’ve learned that I can’t wear all the hats and still be a wife, a mom, a friend, or even a fully functioning human being. Delegating certain tasks out has been more than worth the investment and has not only made my business better and stronger, but it has made me a better business person. Once I hired out tasks like bookkeeping, SEO, and even some simple editing, I made room for myself and my business to grow. One of my favorite quotes is by Henry Ward Beecher, “Every artist dips his brush in his own soul and paints his own nature into his pictures.” Every image I create, whether it’s a headshot or an artistic portrait, is colored with my experience and perspective; my travels throughout the globe, my love of people and culture, my passion for adventure, and my deep appreciation of all the beauty our earth contains is present in every photograph I take.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them?
If you love seafood and want a real treat, Jax Fish House in Denver is an absolute must. They have the best oysters! In my opinion, a trip to visit Colorado wouldn’t be complete without a good hike somewhere in the mountains. One of my favorites is St. Mary’s Alice. It’s a short 3/4 mile hike to the glacie,r so not too difficult, even for people who come from sea level. Some of my favorite childhood memories are swimming in the huge pool at Glenwood Springs. It’s definitely worth the trip and an overnight stay. When it’s time to make your way back to the Denver area, a leisurely drive over Independence Pass is worth the extra time in the car. A little bonus is the ghost town of Independence. The sight of it never gets old and gives a glimpse into the history of mining in Colorado. A great way to round out a fun visit is a happy hour at CarBoy Winery and dinner at Angelo’s. If the weather is nice, sit on the patio and have a nightcap by the fire pit.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband. He’s been my biggest source of encouragement and love and was the one who first encouraged me to build this business. Every step of the way he has given me the freedom to go after my dreams. I’m grateful to have him by my side sharing my frustrations and celebrating my successes. This would be a very lonely life without him, not mention a lot less fun!