photographer, janeris studios
I'm an award-winning adoption family photographer at Janeris Studios in South Florida. I've always loved and photographed kids and became a foster mom in 2013. My husband and I care for many children in my home and adopted 2 girls. I'm an advocate for foster children and co-founded an organization that photographs and celebrates teens in foster care for their sweet 16s. I've spent most of my life battling lupus but my faith in God and optimistic personality has always kept me happy and motivated to do more for others. I believe that struggles in life bring people to their perfect plan. I love to work out and eat healthy and feel my greatest accomplishment is to have gotten my kids to love brussels sprouts and in bed by 8pm everyday.
What quote do you live by?
Love is louder than DNA.
What are your hobbies, interests and passions?
I love making a difference in the foster care community. I also love working out, marketing, and speaking in public.
What does your typical day look like?
I wake up and head to the gym by 6am so I can be back before the kids wake up and hubby goes to work. I then take one daughter to school and return to do ABCs and 123s with my 3 year old. Then it's time for me to get to work. I work on my marketing, emails, meeting potential partners, and going to meetups for the rest of the day. Then it's dinner, bath, homework, and bedtime to do it all again the next day.
What motivates you?
My motivation comes from wanting to beat lupus. I was diagnosed when I was 16 years old and have struggled a lot. I am determined to not let autoimmunity keep me down and have focused on being a better me every day.
What is the best advice you were given?
When something brings you to your lowest point, it's ok to feel sorry for yourself for just 5 minutes. And then get up and fight. Fight for your happiness, peace, and success. Eventually you won't need those 5 minutes anymore.
What is your definition of success?
Success to me is when my to do list has check marks all the way down and when I've accomplished something that I once thought was impossible.
What do you want to achieve in the upcoming year personally & professionally ?
In 2019, I want to motivate women to find happiness in their struggle by speaking in a group, podcast, or guest blog. I want to meet more people face to face instead of just online. Professionally, I would love to be known as THE adoption photographer and be someone who people come to for advice on the adoption process.
How do you want to use you're strength to give back to the community?
My story is powerful. I went from being told I would not ever have kids to having over a dozen kids to love. I want to share my story with others and inspire them to never give up.
What is the biggest challenge you have in your business?
My biggest challenge continues to be finding the right client who will appreciate my photography and will appreciate the attention to detail and convenience attached.
Why did you decide to join The Emery?
I want to have a creative space I can meet clients in and I'm excited about meeting other women who I can help personally and professionally.