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Jina Lee Photography: A Life of Creativity

By Elisha Neubauer

From a young age, Jna Watson could be found designing hand-drawn family newspapers, creating three-dimensional cities from construction paper, or painting. She lived in the artistic realm and found comfort in creating.

Luckily for Watson, she grew up in a household filled with other creative personalities. Spending afternoons at her father's photography school as a child exposed her to the world of photography long before she ever picked up a camera.

"The fact my parents were also creatives helped nurture my talents because they were incredibly supportive and did things to help me fine tune my skillset," Watson said. "I remember getting to watch him develop rolls of film. I'm incredibly grateful for having a family that inspired me to continue down this path."

Although she had been around photography all her life, Watson didn't find her way to the industry until after the birth of her daughter. It was then that she pulled out an old present from her father, his old Canon 20D, which had been sitting collecting dust for many years. It didn't take but a few shots before Watson realized she had a true passion for photography, finding she could ultimately stop time and cherish moments many other people don't get to see. Today, Watson's style can be summed up in three words: bright, colorful, and fun.

"Every photographer has their own special style and I think what sets me apart is how I have crafted mine," Watson said. "I try to capture personalities rather than staged photos and help facilitate a natural feel during my sessions with my clients."

One look at Watson's portfolio will show you that she is truly a master of all genres and styles of photography. However, she does verbalize a passion for one particular type of photo shoot.

"I absolutely love capturing families and their children," Watson said, "Both young and adult." Watson believes that, as we live in a digital world, it is important to families to have photographs portraying moments in their history.

In order to give families a true pictorial representation of their growth, Watson created the Grow with Me Baby portrait plan. The plan includes photograph sessions at the newborn stage, six months, three or nine months, and one year/cake smash session. Each session includes 30 hand-edited digital images as well as an 8x8 album combination of the year of sessions.

When it comes time to select a photographer, Watson believes it is important for the client/photographer relationship to be comfortable and vibe well.

"That relationship is so important because you want someone that will fit into your life and know how to capture exactly what you want," Watson said.

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