Jessica and her husband have two kids under four, own and run RedFred Productions, and she is a birth photographer and doula. “We just moved into a co-working space with the fabulous Megan Wise of Uniquely Wise Photography. We are in NW Portland and so excited to be there!”
She grew up in Oregon, and her parents are both artists. “My mother is an incredible painter and basically everything she does or touches is just pure gold. My father is an incredible photographer, hobbyist for most of his years, but now works in video and photography full time out of Eugene.”
Growing up with talented parents lit a fire for Jessica.
“I've always had to have some sort of creative outlet, and photography has been a huge passion. My husband went to film school, his passion lies within the video realm of storytelling. It just seemed logical to us to combine our gifts and passions. We've really enjoyed working together in creating our dream jobs through our business, Redfred Productions,” she explains.
I love the flexibility to be a "stay at home mom.” Although I work, I spend so much quality time with my children and that is my ultimate drive.
Jessica says her biggest accomplishment happened over the summer when she and her husband worked on an enormous project with Quality Healthcare Corp for the Oregon Health Authority. “We were able to create a series of 13 web videos for providers and staff across Oregon in improving healthcare. It was a great experience and we learned a ton. 13 videos in 4 months is pretty amazing! I have my super talented husband to thank for all that hard work!”
Jessica has been lucky enough to have many mentors, and she counts her parents among them. “They praised my creativeness and showed me it was ok to make this a business and pursue your dreams even though some may see it as unrealistic,” she says.
Jessica also several photographers she works with regularly that she also considers mentors. “We bounce ideas off each other and often shoot as a second shooter from time to time, she says.
“Kirstyn Lundquist of Sweetmint Photography is always pushing me to be better. She has photographed my family for years and our friendship has flourished through our working together to create and capture. Leilani Rogers who has been my birth photography inspiration lead me to the path I am on showing me that documenting these stories can be real and beautifully raw. Monet Nicole Moutrie has been a recent "girl crush" so to say, her edgy and raw birth stories have opened a creative light I am just now discovering.”
She says her biggest struggle in her business is the sticker shock potential clients experience. Jessica recognizes that the upfront expense of photography and video can be a challenge for small businesses. However, as a professional, she knows the kind of impact a high-quality headshot, video or product shot can be for business.
When asked what advice she would give to someone considering a new business, she says “Dive in, the water is fine! Plan, prepare and plan some more. Its easy to feel overwhelmed and in over your head, but keep swimming. Surround yourself with supportive individuals, a tribe if you will.”
The best referrals for Jessica and and Redfred Productions are non-profits, small businesses, and even private parties and events looking for video.
As a doula, she’d like to have more referrals through providers, birth centers, and hospitals.
Jessica says she loves being a MOB! “I found my tribe, some are artistic, some are all business, and some are just crazy, Like me! I love that I can come as I am, feel supported, and support other women in business.”
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