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Rising Stars: Meet Kim “Jinx” Jenkins

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kim Jenkins.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
In high school, I took a photography class expecting just to pass and move on, but when I was handed my first DSLR camera, I fell in love! It felt like seeing the world in a different way and I was hooked. Eventually, I started taking photos for the school’s magazine front page and it finally won an award! I left the passion behind to try other things, but when that didn’t work out, I bought my first Nikon and started taking photos of my friends. Most of them were in music so I started to connect with other people who needed help and that’s how Jinx Photography came to be.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It definitely was not a smooth road. I started at age 21 and trying to run a business fully operated by just me was a lot. I had moments where I was in school and too busy to book anything. Many moments of doubting if I was even talented enough to make this full-time one day. One time, I sent out a model call to do a fun, 90’s shoot just for some practice and networking. Thirty people told me they were coming but everyone cancelled and no one showed up. I was devastated and I put my camera down for a while but those amazing friends who helped me get my start pushed me to keep going! Five years later, I’ve honed my skills and I’m still doing what I love!

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I specialize in portrait and fashion photography. I’m becoming known for the Rose Garden series I released end of last year. It was a commentary on the election and the lies and rude generalizations being made my the last president and a congresswoman about Baltimore. I was not born here but this is my home and the city is where I learned to embrace my art. I decided to shoot in the same location that the congresswoman shot her slander campaign video with two young, Black ballet dancers to show the beauty, vibrancy, and joy that resides in the people of Baltimore. I felt that we deserved to be seen as much as anyone else. I’m most proud that I made such a loud statement and that I pushed myself to submit the photos to LED Baltimore and ended up on a huge billboard in the middle of the city I love so much! What sets me apart is that I’m a storyteller and an empath. I strive to connect to people, which will then connect them to each other.

Can you talk about how you think about risk?
Being a creative, you’ve got to take risks! They set you apart from the standard. One thing I love to shout whenever the opportunity for risk comes along is “For the photo!” I’ve had clients/models climb up fences, sit on basketball hoops, and I even stood over a model on the edge of a waterfall. That shot is legendary!

Pricing:

  • $100 for an hour
  • $50 per additional hour
  • $10 non-refundable deposit

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