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Socksmith Photography Feature

Socksmith Photography Feature

You've all seen, admired, and used the Socksmith Photo Library (we hope). If you haven't had the pleasure of attending any kind of photoshoot before, let me tell you that a lot goes into carefully curating each image. We're talking about (accidentally) traipsing through poison oak to access the "perfect" tree. Or then there was the time one of us hauled an 8ft Christmas tree all the way up a hill–in 80-degree weather and an ugly sweater– just to get the perfect shot. Sure, we voluntarily take on all of this because we're passionate about what we do...but what you don't see in each beautifully-crafted photo is the person behind the camera. In our case, there are two of them, and we can't wait to introduce them to you.

Jenn, Socksmith Photographer​​

"I believe energy is everything, and it takes a lot of inside work to get to a space where ideas flow and confidence abounds."

Tell us who you are...

My name is Jennifer Regina (my middle name is my mother’s name, and I love that!), living and thriving in Tampa, Florida. 

I impulsively purchased a very expensive camera one day, and my friends started asking me to take photos of them. COVID was the push I needed to get my business started, and I’ve been a photographer ever since! I’m a highly visual person, so my job is a great creative outlet for me. I love that I can create my own schedule because it allows me to balance work and mothering an almost three-year-old boy who I thoroughly enjoy.

How long have you been a photographer?

I’ve been snapping professional photos for almost seven years and have identified (officially) as a photographer for over two of them.

"I discovered my love for branding photography working with Socksmith."

I love that I get to work with models, and curate shots and sets. I discovered my love for branding photography working with Socksmith. I also love that I get to work alongside my sister, Kat (the face behind Socksmith’s social media). We shared a room for 16 years of my life until I left to go to college, and now I get to take beautiful photos with my little sister as my creative director. I love being a part of her work life and getting to share a piece of mine with her. 

Socksmith Christmas photoshoot
Jenn (left) and Kat (middle) on Socksmith holiday ​​shoot

What's been a standout shoot you've enjoyed most, and why?

I put together a photoshoot for myself a while back, to feed my creativity. It turned out to be my favorite shoot to date. It was a women’s empowerment session, where five women met Kat and I (my sister came to assist) in the middle of the woods. I had them exchange stories and affirmations, and the love and connection were strong. I love that you could feel the energy of that day through the photos, and I enjoyed having the freedom to create a space like that. It was powerful. 

What's the worst thing about your job?

Needing to be creative on demand, because creativity just doesn’t work like that. I believe energy is everything, and it takes a lot of inside work to get to a space where ideas flow and confidence abounds. But that’s also the best thing about my job—it forces me to do that inside work, and it shows in my professional life and in my personal life. 

Future plans?

I plan to continue to grow with photography until my intuition tells me it’s time to move on. Next year I’m taking it slower to be more intentional with my clients and to be more present with my family. Eventually, I want to go back to school to get my Master’s in Psychology and pursue a role that allows me to share the inner work that has brought me so much healing, in hopes that it helps others do the same. For now, I want to focus on how I can do that with photography. I think it can be a powerful tool for self-love and acceptance, and I’ve barely scratched the surface. 

Kerrie, Socksmith Photographer & h​​usband

"I thrive off conveying the emotion and connection of people through my photographs."

Hi! Who are you?

My name is Kerrie and I live in Santa Cruz, CA. I am from Montauk, New York, one of the most beautiful little towns on the east coast. I made my way to Santa Cruz with my husband, Nate, who grew up here. Santa Cruz is similar to Montauk, so always felt somewhat like home.

I love anything to do with the outdoors! I also very much enjoy music, and of course, photography. Camping is my favorite kind of trip.

What is your photography background?

I went to college for photography in the early 2000s and began making it a career in 2006 when I moved to Santa Cruz.

"I love all that Socksmith stands for and supports."

It is so much fun working for a brand like Socksmith! I get to be creative while working with incredible people. I love all that Socksmith stands for and supports. I feel it is extremely important to find a way to incorporate that into your business, and they do a great job of it.

Kerrie on a Socksmith photoshoot
Kerrie shooting the Fall 2022 Outlands collection​​

What's been a career highlight for you?

I thrive off conveying the emotion and connection of people through my photographs. Being creative in the outdoors and enjoying nature is my passion. The most standout sessions are those with people where I can create images that evoke a feeling.

What's the worst thing about your job?

Being overcritical of my work or overthinking an idea too much.

What is next for you?

To continue being creative and learning more about photography and its ever-changing world. And of course, to be outside as much as possible.

So there you have it. A little more appreciation for the love, sweat, and fears that go into creating a beautiful photograph. We hope you enjoyed the read.

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