We had the good fortune of connecting with Jill Houser and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jill, what do you attribute your success to?
Being myself. I’ve been described as a “hot mess”. I think by showing the messy, being vulnerable and not so polished, people are drawn to me and then drawn to my work. I think at the end of the day, it’s pretty challenging to create super unique looking wedding photography. What we have to set us apart are our personalities.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
People are drawn to my wedding photography because of the realness of it. Dramatic backgrounds, movement, real smiles. I think I’m able to pull emotions out of even the shyest people because I’m awkward in a charming way so people are comfortable with me from the start. The road to get here wasn’t easy. It was full of debt and lots and lots of doubt. I think the only reason I got this far is because I wasn’t afraid to fail. I was bullied so much as a kid and that shaped my whole life. I developed a very thick skin from it. I’m still super insecure. But I have a gritty kind of confidence that keeps me going. I heard Priyanka Chopra speak recently about how when she was a teen, her brother went behind her back and sent in her info to be in her first pageant that won her Miss India! Now she’s a movie star, and married to a Jonas brother. I think a lot of people think life changing opportunities will just drop into their lap. I know I used to think like that! My story didn’t go like that at all. Every life changing event, every awesome thing that happened, I asked for it. People are so afraid to ask for the things they want. But life’s too short to wait!

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? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Pretending covid isn’t a thing, here’s are the must-see places in Denver & around Colorado: Red rocks! You have to see it during the day and at night. During the day there’s yoga and people run the stairs. At night there are shows under the starts. It’s the best music venue I’ve ever seen. I went t a Florence & The Machine show there once. The moon was HUGE that night .We could all see it, but she was facing the other way to sing. At one point she stopped the show so she could watch the moon with us. You have to go to a baseball game at Coors Field. Even the shitty seats will be fine. The energy at that stadium is unmatched. I have some of my best memories from summers at Coors Field. Food & Drinks: Steubens, Denver Biscuit Company, Work & Class, Tacos Tequila Whiskey, Snooze, Uncle Rollerblade or skateboard around wash park. Take a drive to Rocky Mountain National Park. Do not pet the elk! Lol. Drive all the way up to Trail Ridge Road. It’s another world up there. If you’re feeling really adventurous, hike a fourteener once you’re a bit more acclimated to the altitude. (Mt. Bierstadt is a great for first timers.) Pack plenty of water and snacks!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Ben Hartley with Six Figure Photography. (He’s out of Columbus Ohio.) He taught me so much about valuing myself and about money. He teaches on the importance of never discounting your work and that has stuck with me.

Website: www.jillhouser.com

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