Top 10 Most Inspiring Women 2018

Jennie Campbell

Photographer and Teacher | Visit Website

Jane Clark, Co-Founder of BrandSwan

Why We Chose Jennie

“Honestly, I could kick myself for not befriending her sooner. I met Jennie at Cecil (Community) College. We were both photo majors. Although we were acquaintances, we never really talked or had any classes together. It wasn’t until we reconnected on Facebook over a decade later that I really saw Jennie’s light.

Stalking her on social media and talking with mutual friends revealed that she is more than just a phenomenal photographer — she gets involved in the community. She actually lives her truth and does stuff. She is out and about, building her #bossbabe business and rockin’ it as both a beloved teacher and entrepreneur. We can learn a lot from Jennie’s incredible work ethic and passion for life. She doesn’t exist… she lives. Thank you, Jennie for showing us how it’s done!”

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Jennie Campbell

Photographer and Teacher | Visit Website

Tell us a little bit about being a photographer and a teacher

I fell in love with photography during my first high school photography class. When I went to Cecil College, I realized I wanted to do something I loved every day, so when I was signing up for classes I decided to take a basic photography class. During that first class, photography quickly became my passion and later my career. Starting your own business takes commitment and drive, it hasn’t always been easy, but it has been worth it. After starting my photography business, I was asked to teach photography at Cecil College. I was not sure if I would like it or even if I would be good at it, but nonetheless, I accepted the position. After the first semester of teaching, I was hooked, sharing my passion of photography with students eager to learn the art is very fulfilling. Even though teaching was not really part of my career plan, it has changed my life. I consider myself lucky to be a photographer, a photography teacher at Cecil College and love what I do every day.

Give a shout out to a woman or women who you consider to be your mentor(s)

The two women I credit for whom I am and where I am today would be Michelle Porter and Kristi Eisenberg. Mrs. Porter was my high school photography teacher and the person who introduced me to photography. Mrs. Eisenberg was my college professor and the head of the Visual Communications Program at Cecil. She encouraged me to go after my passion of owning my own business and introduced me to teaching. Both of these women have been such an inspiration to me and I can never thank them enough for all the encouragement and advice they have given me throughout the years.

What advice would you give to young women who want to go into the photography or teaching field?

I would say starting any business is not easy, nor is selecting a career path. I believe if you want something bad enough and you are willing to work for it, the benefit is worth it! I have never really followed the crowd, if you want to start your own business, listen to your heart and don’t compromise. Be true to yourself.

What is the greatest challenge you ever overcame?

The biggest challenge I had to overcome is doing everything myself. If you are going to start a business, you have to rely on you, no one else. You do the scheduling, you write the contracts, you take the photographs, you do the editing…you get the “picture.” It took years for me to get to where I am today. I love what I do and am glad I never set out to be a millionaire, because loving what you do and being dedicated to it is priceless.

If you had to start over from scratch knowing what you know now, would you do anything different? If so, what would you do?

I would not change a thing. Although the path I chose wasn’t easy, the end justifies the means and I am truly happy with my results. I have met so many amazing people along the way, every day is new and exciting and it’s empowering to be your own boss.

Tell us about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.

My greatest accomplishment is teaching and inspiring students of all ages to follow their passion whether in a professional environment or for pleasure.

What change do you want to see in the world, and how are you aiding that cause?

I would love to see young women being inspired to go after their dreams, knowing there will be roadblocks, yield signs, and detours, but focusing on the destination rather than the journey. I believe I instill the desire to follow your dreams, no matter how crazy people think your dreams are.

Tomorrow we’ll post another #bossbabe. Don’t turn that dial…

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