Port People Week 14: Jim Barbere of Jim Barbere Photography
By Julie Wilmot, Intern
Recently, I visited Jim Barbere, the owner of Jim Barbere Photography. Below is the interview for the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce’s #portpeople campaign which is a weekly profile of members of the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry!
Julie: When did you start your photography business?
Jim: I’ve been in business a little over 4 years now.
Julie: What inspired you to be a photographer?
Jim: I’ve always loved art and had a deep appreciation for photography. I took a lot of art classes in high school and college and although I majored in business and I’ve always had that creative itch. I started out as a second shooter for a couple wedding photographers about 10 years ago and got hooked by the creativity and energy of the day…the rest, as they say, is history.
Julie: What is your favorite thing to photograph/ What types of photography do you do?
Jim: This is a tough question to answer as I enjoy photographing many different things. I tend to spend the bulk of my time focusing on weddings/events, head shots, and real estate but also enjoy working with high school seniors, families and corporate lifestyle/branding projects.
Julie: Are there challenges that you never expected?
Jim: Challenges…everyday! Being a solo-prenuer has its rewards but many challenges as well. I have a lot of balls in the air on a daily basis. I’ll have to get back to you when I have it all figured out 😉
Julie: What sets you apart from other local photographers?
Jim: There are a lot of talented photographers in our area each with their own style and personality – I’m all about having a good time doing what I love and client satisfaction. I also love to mentor and teach, all of my clients get a little photography lesson when we work together!
Julie: What would you like Newburyport to know about you and your business?
Jim: Jim Barbere Photography is here as an option for your photography needs. If it’s something I don’t specialize in I’m happy to refer you to someone in my network of talented folks. I am so grateful to do what I am passionate about. I also love to network with other business owners and creatives – let’s grab a coffee!