I learned about Erin & Jake Photography at my place of work. The minute I explored their website I knew I had found my photographer for Breaking Glass - Girl on the Rise. I remember my first interaction with Erin. I had filled out the consultation form on their website and she called me. I was sitting on campus waiting for class to start, feeling worn out and tired. And I think I remember this call so well because Erin brightened my day. She had so much energy and passion for her career it gave me a much needed second wind. She was so friendly, calming and I felt like I could relate to her. I booked before the call was over and I am so glad I did. Erin and Jake are two passionate people who share their love of photography with others. It is truly a gift. I am so thankful that I was one of the lucky recipients. The day of the photo shoot did not disappoint. Erin started to share her story with my sister and I. We both left feeling inspired to push harder to achieve our goals. Erin left a lasting impression on both of us.
I am honored to introduce you to Erin Delsigne.
Lauren Elizabeth: Tell us who you are.
Erin Delsigne: My name is Erin Delsigne. a full time, a professional photographer living in Los Angeles. I run my own business, Erin & Jake Photography, and work with my partner and husband, Jake Roach. We specialize in weddings, portraits, live music, band portraits, maternity, family, headshots, events, landscapes and fine art prints. Jake is also a drone pilot and we enjoy creating aerial art for our clients special moments. I am also a film and fashion photographer and am currently obsessed with instant film collages.
LE: You've been running a successful business for the last eight years. What made you want to start your own business? What did it mean to you? How did you feel?
ED: Yes, I have been very blessed to be running a successful photography business for the last eight years. The start of my business was born from struggle and wasn’t the most normal start... but it ended up being a blessing in disguise... as odd as that may sound. I fell very ill in 2009 and had to move back to Los Angeles from college at Humboldt State University. I contracted debilitating Lyme Disease. Although I was bed bound, extreme pain, over 100 symptoms daily: barely able to keep food down, extreme weight loss, daily migraines, fainting, spasms, memory loss, brain dog... etc... I wanted to fight against my odds and go after a goal. I wanted to work. I wanted to create my own stability and pay for my own treatment. During one of my many hospital visits, I realized the best way for someone like me (a chronically ill Lyme patient) to find success was to create my own. I left that day with no answers to my issues but with an amazing amount of hope in my heart for the future. I hit the ground running and haven’t looked back. Lyme Disease may have slowed me down, but it also allowed me to build my business slowly over time to exactly what I have wanted it to be. Because I couldn’t work a normal job for nearly 10 years, I was able to focus on my dreams and build my path until I was ready to start my healthy journey. I now feel blessed to have gone through what I did; without it, I wouldn’t be a full-time photographer or a business owner proud of her accomplishments. Building my business and my brand has allowed me to have true confidence in myself. There is a strength I see in myself that wasn’t there before. Lyme may have shown me what I was made of, but I used that new found strength to use it to better my life and not fall victim to my circumstances.
LE: Tell us about your breaking glass moment.
ED: My breaking glass moment happened over time because I was so distracted by illness during the start of my business. Every time I was rejected or laughed at by a doctor, hospital, specialist the hungrier I got for my passion for photography. It was my escape. I allowed my frustrations to translate into my art. My voice got louder through my work than it did in person. Before long the situation showed me that I could always depend on myself if I worked hard enough. Being shunned didn’t break me, it forced me to learn that I could truly do anything I put my mind to.
LE: What's your daily routine like?
ED: My daily routine is built around running my business and maintaining remission from Lyme Disease. I wake up early! Morning workout, detox in my sauna from the die-off from meds the day before, celery juice and lemon water, every day. Then it is morning meds over emails. Then it’s usually photoshoots, consultations, fashion editorials, film shoots, meetings, marketing, social media, art shows, networking etc. I throw in afternoon meds with my strict, organic meals. (I feed my body only what it needs to nourish to help aid in my treatments. I do not eat: Sugar, oils, dairy, eggs, gluten, processed, fried, GMOs, or packaged foods and I only drink water.) Usually, end up working until late to maintain same-day responses and fast turnover of images. Then night time meds and an Epsom salt detox bath. I also brainstorm for my photoshoots right before bed since it is my most creative time of the day.
LE: How do you overcome a struggle?
ED: If there is one thing that I have learned in the last ten years, it is that love, patience, confidence, grace, dedication, balance and hope is what I needed to overcome struggle. Maintaining a positive mindset through any struggle is the best way to get through it.
LE: What is your favorite quote and why?
ED: One of my favorite quotes is: “You must do the things you think you cannot do.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
Everything about the last decade of my life has been about overcoming terrible odds. Once I reached remission and took my business to the next serious level, the quote still pushed me to LIVE outside of my comfort zone. My best work comes from outside of my comfort zone. Push hard, dig deep and you WILL impress yourself… every single time. Humans are amazing that way!
LE: What advice would you give to a Girl on the Rise?
ED: Be diligent with your dreams. Protect your passion with hard work. Be YOU in all of your unique glory! Be proud you are a woman, every single day. Confidence without arrogance is one of the most attractive qualities in a businesswoman.
LE: What's your favorite thing to do when you're off the clock?
ED: When I am off the clock, I enjoy creating polaroid collages, traveling and road trips with my husband Jake, hiking, going adventures with my dog, Walter.
Erin is a remarkable person. She took her challenge and turned it into fuel to achieve her goals. It's truly amazing what one person can do when they believe in themselves. If you are ever in the L.A. area and are in need of photos I strongly urge you to contact Erin & Jake. Not only, will your photos be phenomenal - you'll also leave feeling more confident in yourself and inspired to break the glass.
Thank you, Erin, for sharing your story! Cheers to your future success.