“Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same”
That’s what this weekend’s Friday Femme feature has done to me, she’s left such an indelible footprint in my life. Jill Marzion – instagram phenom; supermom of 4 beauties; fearless leader; generous in heart and spirit.
A new ‘old friend’, who’s so easy to talk to. She has this thing about her where strangers find themselves opening up to her. The great thing about it is that she completely engages and doesn’t make you feel foolish about just having done so. She may secretly think you’re crazy but would never let on to make you think that she does because she wouldn’t dare hurt your feelings. Maybe that’s the midwestern charm in her; but I’m pretty certain it’s her inherent kindness. Jill is one of the reasons I love instagram. We connected via Design Aglow’s daily photo community Project Life 365, and when that project ended, she took it upon herself, along with other amazing photographers all over the world, to continue this daily photo community in my_365. A wonderful community of creatives who share snippets of their life and process with daily themes, which I am so honoured to be a part of.
People have a persona online, it maybe through fabricated vignettes or accidental perception of the viewer; with Jill – she is as genuine in person as you would imagine her to be from what she shares on her instagram feed – easy going, no drama, very inclusive and fun! She’s such a talented photographer that she captures the daily mundane into wonderfully stunning transparencies of life. I wish we lived closer to each other so I can have her document my family as she has so beautifully done with hers and other lucky ones in Milwaukee, Wi.
Meet my friend Jill, consider yourself lucky like me.
Name: jill marzion
Facebook: www.facebook.com/JillMarzionPhotography (fb page)
1. Where are you from/where do you live?
i was born and raised in a suburb of milwaukee, wisconsin. i had big hopes and dreams after graduating high school of fleeing to the west coast and live out my dream of the california life, but my life took a different direction and here i am, in a suburb of milwaukee 😉 and i truly wouldn’t have it any other way right now!
2. How long have you been doing your profession/vocation?
documenting has always been apart of my life, but a little less than 4 years ago is when i purchased a decent camera, became submerged in learning the technical stuff, practiced and never gave up. heck, i am still learning!
3. What are your challenges in your line of work?
for me, it is really important to stay fresh and fun. i never want to just settle or think ‘okay i made it to this point’ and stop improving. i am constantly reading, practicing and trying to better myself so that those that view my work or hire me are always excited and inspired by my photography and the style i have.
each family, couple or child that i meet is so unique, i love the challenge of pulling the love and fun out of each subject and being able to give them something that reminds them just how beautiful their little life is!
my dream subject is anyone that says ‘hey, i love your work….just do your thing!’ there is no better way to relax and create amazing images than when people just trust you. i think it tells me that they are up for anything and my personal fears of ‘they will or do think i am crazy’ go out the window and i feel free to just create. it is a magical thing when it happens!
6. What surprised you most about being a photographer?
i think the fact that people actually liked what i did! my main purpose of initially getting a camera was to learn how to take better images of my family…but when people would comment on my work on social media or ask if i could photograph their families, it honestly was crazy to me, yet the biggest honor!
7. Where/Whom do you find your inspiration from?
oh…i can honestly say i get inspired from all over; my kids, magazines, people watching, movies, pinterest, books, etc. BUT at the end of the day, the reason i do this and the reason i am so in love with documenting is because i have seen how fast time goes. i blinked and my first born is now 17 and planning her life after graduation already…it is a crazy/amazing thing raising kids. the days can drag at times and i often think ’this’ is where life will be forever, but i often need to remind myself that this is really just a small part of it all.
8. How do you foster your inspiration and creativity/productivity/talent?
i pick up my camera every single day and just keep shooting. i absolutely love photographing families, so guess what i practice all. the. time on?! my own family! there is no better way to experiment than with your own people…if i can’t make it work with them, i know to scratch the idea during a session!
9. Who/what helps you fuel the fire during your least inspired days?
10. What would you tell your 21 year old self today?
oh there is LOTS i would tell myself, go to photography school, don’t waste your time on her/him, save more money, etc. but honestly i don’t have regrets. i believe that my life took the directions it did for so many reasons and it made me who i am AND put me right where i needed to be. so all that advice i would have given to myself, i just talk to my kids about…because like every other mom, my only hope it that they have a happy life!
Bonus – last thoughts, anecdotes, tips you are willing to share:
one thing that i have learned along the way of my photography journal is that there will ALWAYS be someone ahead of you, with better equipment, having access to things you don’t, etc. and you know what…that is just part of life! take what you got, focus on what you love and just keep shooting! once you find your own voice you realize that only you can create what you love!