Proud of the cards she was making, she took a leap of faith and approached her general manager at the St. Louis Park Byerlys and asked if she could sell her cards there. To her surprise and delight, he said yes! The good news reignited her passion to continue exploring the art form, and she purchased a nice camera to get even better results. The new camera compared to the old was like "the difference between throwing a paper airplane and flying a 747."
As she kept at it, her photos continued improving, but not without plenty of mistakes. "You gotta kiss a lot of toads before you get your prince" -- or in this case, your prints. Her general manager noticed the improvements and moved the cards to a more prominent area: right at the checkout aisle for all to see. Her sales improved, and she's developed a following of supporters who check in to see when the new designs are available.
The beauty of the artist is that the journey never ends. Jeanne has now gotten into photo editing, which has taken her out of her comfort zone. "The learning will be ongoing," and she's glad for it. New equipment and editing skills have enabled her to explore photo enlargements, and she has started working with some printers, framers, and matters.
When asked if she had advice for others who might want to get into a new art form for the first time, she quickly replied, "if your heart is in it--if it's your passion--it will happen." It's advice she follows daily as she continues to follow her heart and her passion, finding beauty in the world through her camera lens.
You can find Jeanne's cards for sale in the checkout aisles at St. Louis Park Lunds & Byerlys, or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about her photos, cards, and prints.