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Rising Stars: Meet Jordan Oliver of Saint Cloud

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jordan Oliver.

Hi Jordan, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself
Hello Everyone! I’m 31 years young. I’m a Wife, Mother, Sister and Photographer. My love for photography all started when I took my first photography class in high school. I was so fascinated by the fact that one can capture a moment in time, and it last forever. That aspect of photography just stuck with me. I would always document every detail for my family and friends, but with life, work and school, I didn’t have time to pick up my camera anymore. It wasn’t until 2013 when I became a Mother and was reminded of how important photographs are. When my daughter got her newborn photos taken, I was grateful to look back on those photographs and relive those precious moments. It was that day in the hospital when I was reminded of my love for photography. Being able to capture such special moments, became more of a passion when my son was born. I was dedicated to doing whatever possible to make these special moments in my life live forever. Every milestone, every holiday, I was getting professional photographs taken. Something that became quite expensive. So I invested in myself, bought a camera and took a few photography courses. Then in July of 2020, I took my son’s 4th Birthday Photographs and posted them online for my friends and family to see. Overwhelmed by the amount of positive responses it was that moment in time that I realized I would love to make this a career. I was proud of the work I had done. I was hired shortly after my son’s birthday session to take photos for a client’s special events—allowing me to perfect my skills. These events provided a significant amount of contrast of pictures for my portfolio and gave me more confidence to be comfortable behind my own lens. I strive to be the best version of myself for my family, and I have always wanted my children to be proud of me; no matter what I decided to do with my life, I knew that as long as my family would be proud of what I created, it would be enough—being a stay-at-home mom, I wanted to contribute to the legacy. I want to show my children that they can follow their dreams. That no goal is too big, you have to work hard and always believe in yourself.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I think no matter what journey you are on, there are always going to be bumps along the way. Something that I mentally prepared for when I started this process. So with that in mind, the majority of my struggles came from not having enough experience. With photography being very digital and internet based, it was easy to compare myself to others who have been doing this a lot longer than I have. My confidence was affected by this comparison, but with the undying support from my family and friends, I have overcome that internal thought process.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I specialize in portrait photography such as Family, Engagement, Maternity and Newborn. All my sessions big and small both bring me the same amount of joy. What I am most proud of is my ability to connect with my clients and bring a calm presence, warmth and patience to every session putting everyone at ease because when clients are truly relaxed they are able to enjoy the process allowing me the opportunity to capture the best of them. What I believe sets me apart is that I am willing to show up in costume for children to look my direction, listen to my guidance and laugh with me while doing so.

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
First off, my husband Brad deserves all the credit in the world for supporting me and encouraging me to chase my dreams. He has been my number one cheerleader from day one. Next, I would like to give credit to Jesus Morales with Elevate Films, FL. Jesus has been the best mentor anyone could ask for. His support and knowledge has been a very important part of my growth over the past year. Lastly, my very first clients and some of my biggest supporters, Kayla and Camilla Matthews from Making it Matthews, for allowing me the chance to capture their special events. They took a chance on a new photographer and I cannot be more appreciative for their leap of faith.

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