Small Business Friday – Brad Jolly Photography

Happy Friday! Today we have Brad of Brad Jolly Photography on the blog. I am happy to feature Brad’s great work this week, enjoy the interview!

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself! 

My name is Brad Jolly, and I’ve been married to my wonderful sweetheart for 15 years now. We have two terrific children, Matthew and Gracie. We are also in the process of adopting another child from Russia; so we’re super excited about that.

2. Tell us something most people don’t know about you! 

A few months after the birth of my son, my wife wanted to have some professional pictures taken of him. This was not a family portrait session, just a child one. So I sat in the background and watched as this very talented photographer and his daughter/assistant work diligently to capture great images of him. Of course, he wasn’t the most cooperative subject. I left there thinking, “man, these photographers who shoot kids just don’t make enough money for all the grief they have to deal with”! Ha! – so here I am today capturing pictures of kids myself, and I’m having a blast doing it, too!


3. What are your favorite movies or books?

As for movies, I especially love the old classic ones. I love watching Turner Classics as they show so many great older movies. However, these days, I only seem to be watching Disney, Nick Jr, or PBS Kids. And that’s OK, too! I’m not a big reader as I just don’t have the time to sit down long enough to just read. I’m either working, spending time with my family or working on photography-related things.

4. What are your favorite foods or drinks?

My favorite food is Mexican. I just love all kinds of Mexican food. My wife has a homemade taco seasoning blend that is out of this world. I also love fajitas! As for drinks, I’ve recently started enjoying coffee more. I’ve never been a big coffee drinker, but now I’m really liking it. I still never drink more than a cup a day; so for all you java addicts out there, you’re probably laughing at me right now.

5. What does your typical day look like?

Well, since my photography business is rather new, I have a full-time job with a large company as a technical relationship manager that I just recently began doing. Prior to that, for the last 16 years I’ve been a Systems Engineer. So everyone one of my friends and family members all come to me with their computer questions. Family is my priority, so when I get home from my “normal” job, I spend as much time as I can with them. My kids are growing up way too fast, so I want to be with them and my wife as much as I can.

6. Tell us your business name, and give us all and any link so your website/blog/social media.

My business name is Brad Jolly Photography. You can go to my website at and follow my blog at You can also find me on Facebook at and follow me on Twitter at

7. Give us a brief description of the business, and how long have you been in business.

My business is named Brad Jolly Photography (took me a while to come up with my business name – LOL!). Because I am my business, I wanted my name in it. I want my clients to know that they’re dealing with me, and I will work to provide the best experience and products I can for them. I’m not hiding behind a camera. I’m always here to serve them, and I want them to know me personally. I officially started my business last year, in 2011. I specialize in children and family portraits, and this year have added high school seniors, as well.

8. What do you love most about having a small business?

I like the ability to meet with people and to provide my clients with beautiful images they will cherish and enjoy for a lifetime. I get a lot of satisfaction knowing that I provide something with so much value to them.


9. What is the hardest part about having a small business?

Well, for me, the hardest part is having enough time to really build it up where I would like my business to be. Time – there’s just not enough of it each day to do all I need and want to – sigh.

10. What is your biggest inspirations? (other photographers, the outdoors, family etc!)

I would have to say that I find my biggest inspiration by following the work of several talented photographers on the web. A few years ago, I began following Erin Cobb (I love her clean, bright, cheerful style), Audrey Woulard, Carrie Small, Joyce Smith, and a few others. I love to get fresh ideas and try new compositions. I like to keep a fresh perspective to my work, but retain a classic product in the end.


10. Where do you see your business in 5 years?

I would love to have grown my business within 5 years so that I can support my family doing this. It’s a blessing to do what you love, and while it is time consuming and demanding work, it is also rewarding. In the end, when I can provide my clients with something they absolutely love and can’t wait to put on their walls, then that makes me happy.


Thanks so much, Brad!! Follow him on Facebook, comment on his blog, and enjoy your weekend!

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