Ms. Jessie Webster, from Sweet Thing, has long been someone I’ve admired from afar. She simply embodies that serious cool factor that you just can’t fake. And while I’m here, confessing my undeniable girl crush, I might as well add that I would give many a things to sit down with her over a cup of coffee and pick that wildly talented brain of hers. Since that isn’t in the cards for the time being (you know, geography and all), this fun little interview and gorgeous behind the scenes peek into her studio (captured by our dearest Bryce Covey of course!) will have to suffice. Check out the rest in the gallery!
SMP: Some words you live by?
JW: Don’t be afraid. Take risks.
SMP: Any guilty pleasures?
JW: Ice cream from Scoops, fancy coffee and anything involving tequila.
SMP: What did you think your dream job was before your dream job found you?
JW: I thought I wanted to be in the film business- either an actress, a director or producer. I love movies and the process of making them. Photography is not far off from that initial dream. I get to create beautiful stories, they are just still rather than moving.
SMP: What’s your favorite quote that describes your creative process?
JW: “Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing that makes you good.” -Malcolm Gladwell
SMP: If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large group of people, what would your message be?
JW: Be competitive with yourself, not others.
SMP: If you could do it all over again, would you change anything?
JW: I don’t really believe in having regrets. Every experience, both good and bad has taught me so much. I do wish I had found blogging earlier though.
SMP: What is one piece of advice you would give to a blogger just starting out?
JW: Quality over quantity. Learn everything you possibly can about blogging. Work on improving your photography and graphic design skills. Sorry that’s three, but all equally important.
SMP: What is your favorite item in your home?
JW: My collection of vintage photographs. Surprise, surprise.
SMP: What’s your best tip for balancing work and personal life?
JW: As a freelancer, I sometimes don’t have a choice but to answer emails at all hours and to work well into the night. As my career grows I am trying to be better and better about creating a schedule for myself and truly taking time to shut off from work. I can’t be creative without life experience, so taking that time away from my computer is necessary.
SMP: What was the tipping point in your business that made you feel like your blog was going to thrive?
JW: Hmm… I’m not sure if I’ve had a particular moment. Every time I get an exciting photo inquiry or blogging opportunity I still feel like “who, me?”
SMP: What is the hardest lesson in business you’ve ever learned?
JW: I’m such a right brained person that I’m pretty sure everything involving business is hard for me.
SMP: Stranded on a desert island question… what’s the one cocktail you would take with you?
JW: As a tequila fan, I would have to say the Margarita. It would have to be made with fresh lime though, none of that packaged margarita mix.
SMP: What color do you think will stand the test of trend time?
JW: My closet is full of Black, white and grey. I love to keep my outfits simple, but add a statement shoe or a red lip.
SMP: One thing every style savvy homeowner should have?
JW: A beautiful cheese board. It is probably the item in my home I use the most, whether it’s for a cocktail party or for use in a photograph.
SMP: If you could buy yourself a single gift of any cost, what would it be?
JW: Experiences are always better than a particular thing, don’t you think? They’re what you’ll look back on when your 80, not that one handbag you had when you were 30. So I’d say definitely a plane ticket. There are so many places I’d love to see/photograph.