We welcome Jeff Peckham of Jeff Peckham Photography, located in Charlotte, NC as our ShootProof User Featured Photographer. Thanks for sharing your journey with us!
How would you describe your style?
We are all about capturing those moments that our clients can’t explain with words. We love to capture the way people are in their everyday life. A clean and Photojournalistic look is what we go for.
How long have you been a photographer?
We have been in business for about 5 years. In the past year we have quadrupled in sessions, including branching out into wedding photography.
Tell us a little about yourself.
My awesome-beautiful wife, Christy and I met in Haiti on a mission trip 16 years ago and life has never been the same since! We have 5 awesome children ranging from 9 months to 12 years and we love every bit of it! God has richly blessed us with our family.
When did you first fall in love with photography?
I have always been fascinated by color and photography has been an outlet for me to experiment and try to capture the beauty around me on camera. I started out looking at the photographs my father would take with his 1970 Minolta 35mm film camera. Yes, I said film. And in my teens and 20′s I had many opportunities to travel overseas, enabling me to learn how to compose and capture shots of different people and cultures. Shortly after, I invested in my first camera, a Canon 50D and the rest is history.
What’s your ‘can’t live without’ lens?
The Canon 70-200mm 2.8. It’s kinda like our sixth kid.
Where do you find inspiration?
My friends over at McDorman Photography in NC have always been our inspiration. They are the ones that took us under their wings and told us that we could do this fun thing called photography. When I see images that are pure, clean and pull me into the moment, I’m totally inspired.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
My best advice came when we had McDorman Photography take our family pictures! We couldn’t believe how much effort and energy went into getting ready for a session. It reminded us of how to communicate and encourage our clients. Of course getting 7 outfits and 14 shoes together was quite a moment to see my wife do, which was pulled off beautifully!
Where do you see your business in 5 years?
We really push to do our very best and always push ourselves to learn photography professionally (which will always be a learning curve). Always zeroing in on our style and making it more and more fine is a goal of ours. Learning to understand our clients before we ever pull out our cameras at a session is a number one priority. We strive to capture people as they are and encourage their personalities to shine through in the final product.
How has ShootProof helped your business?
ShootProof is amazing and is the best way for us to present our proofs to our clients. There are so many client proofing systems out there and we have never seen one that has matched our minimalist look. The easy use of ShootProof combined with a user mind-set build has shown why they are leading the industry. When I have a thought about what ShootProof could do to enhance the program even more, I usually just check my email and see that it was just implemented over night!