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From Little Things, Big Things Grow: Jess from the Aesthete Studio

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into the industry/field?

I’m Jess – business woman, coffee lover, army wife, fur mum and all around nature lover. I run Aesthete Studio – a creative studio providing creative solutions for small business owners & industry leaders and Aesthete Studio Lovers – intimate wedding + portrait photography capturing real, genuine moments full of intimacy, love and adventure

I’ve always been a creative person, forever taking photos and fascinated with beautiful and interesting things. While I was finishing year 12, I applied for a graphic design apprenticeship in Darwin. It was here that I realised I could have a creative career. It was the best stepping stone for me as I was able to learn about design, print, photography and web. My own business started without me realising but it was last year that I finally rebranded and restructured my business into what it is now.  

Can you walk us through the background of where the passion comes from?

It’s probably the way I grew up, I was surrounded by a creative family and friends. We all sing, play instruments and draw – some better than others though! I truly love taking an idea and bringing it to life, whether it be through photography, design or web. Working for other people, I was always questioning things, finding better solutions and changing the norm – it was both a blessing and a curse depending on the job, manager or client! I also love helping people and sharing knowledge so I feel pretty grateful that I was able to turn that passion into a business. 

What was the most challenging aspect you’ve faced so far?

Probably feeling settled or making long term plans. I’ve moved around most of my life and continue to do so being married to an Army Officer. It’s extremely challenging however, I’m also regularly offered a clean slate so to speak. I honestly believe it’s played a vital role in my business mind though, it’s made me resourceful, adaptable and a creative problem solver. 

And what’s been the most amazing experience?

I had a client fly me to Uluru to photograph a surprise proposal – it was incredible and I’ll never forget it. I’ve remained friends with them too! Honestly though, working with people everyday who choose me to help bring their vision to life, that’s an amazing and rewarding experience in itself. 

What’s the biggest piece of advice you have for someone looking to chase their dreams/passion or try something new?

Just do it. There will always be a million reasons to hesitate but the longer you put it off, the longer it takes in the end. Life is the longest thing you’ll ever do so why not enjoy it? Doing something you love every single day is the most rewarding and satisfying feeling. It comes with a new set of challenges, but they are yours to tackle, not someone else’s and that’s pretty special. You’ll grow in ways you never expected, stumble, fall and fly too. Continue to educate yourself, ask questions and surround yourself with people who are smarter than you too.  

What does an ideal day look like to you?

Other than an off the grid cosy getaway exploring nature, I’d say: Morning yoga, training with my dogs, coffee with my husband, either a workout or hike and of course tackling the work to do list. 

What keeps you Zen/Happy

My dogs and nature, definitely. But also ticking things off a list and a clean house. I love to feel like I’m achieving things, even if it’s folding the laundry or doing the dishes!

Quick Questions

Coffee/Tea: Coffee

Morning/ Night: Night

What’s on your bedside table: Books, aromatherapy spray, candle, flowers or plants

Book you are currently reading: I read multiple books at a time so I currently have a book on dog training and Phosphorescence: On Awe, Wonder and Things That Sustain You When the World Goes Dark by Julia Baird

Favourite Flowers: sunflowers + poppies

5 items you can’t leave home without: water, keys, phone, lip balm, muesli bar – I get hangry real quick

Signature Scent: Sarah Jessica Parker’s NYC 

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