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Through the lens of Just Us Photography & Design

Turlock’s Cherish and Joshua Jackson have always had a knack for creativity, finding a connection with each other at church as they help out with weekly productions. Over the past five years, the couple have used their passion for photography, videography, graphic design and marketing to help friends and acquaintances with their own needs. Just a year ago, they formalized their business by renaming themselves Just Us Photography & Design.

“It really started as a hobby doing weddings and real estate photography,” Joshua said. “Then we just started noticing that companies were struggling to create content for social media and marketing purposes, and that’s where we came in because we had the cameras and the equipment. Last year we got serious and decided to quit our jobs and start our business, we just took a chance on ourselves.

Since launching their business, the couple have been honest in their assessment, sharing that the experience has been full of ups and downs.

“We were very young when we started and we were both self-taught,” Cherish said. “Experimenting on our own was fun, but it was difficult.”

Joshua explained that their eyes were open to the financial commitment required, the paperwork to submit to government agencies, and the time required for bookkeeping to properly run a business.

“I vastly underestimated how difficult it is to run a business,” joked Joshua. “A valuable lesson is that even when you’re drowning in the daily grind, stay focused on the next right thing to do…Sometimes taking the next step is asking someone for help. Don’t not being afraid to ask for help is crucial.

Joshua explained that at one point the future of the business was up in the air. With thoughts of uncertainty, one place Just Us turned to was Monica Vergara, director of small business services and community outreach for Stanislaus Equity Partners. Vergara and his team were just starting to launch the Micro Business Development Hub’s pitch competition and encouraged the Jacksons to enter. The Micro Business Development Hub’s pitch competition is described as Stanislaus County’s version of the hit TV show “Shark Tank.” Local small businesses across the county have the opportunity to share their vision with the community through creative sketches and presentations in hopes of gaining additional support from the organization and their partners.

“When we connected, it was the perfect time,” Vergara said. “It was a chance for us as well to learn how the pitch competition and cohort would unfold.”

Cherish thinks it was also a great time for the company as they were evaluating their future plans and career goals.

“We sat and talked and that’s when we realized we didn’t have a set plan,” Cherish said. “We had always talked about where we wanted to be in five years, but nothing was set in stone.”

As for their company presentation, Just Us impressed the judges with their unique comedy skit. At the end of the day, they beat four other companies to win the first-ever pitch competition and win $1,650 for their company and continued technical support from Stanislaus Equity.

“It may not seem like much, but this support really goes a long way,” Cherish said. “At some point we started to run out of business cards and other flyer supplies because we were really pushing to get the word out to the community. Running a business for the first time, you don’t realize at how these little things can add up… It was really good to work on ourselves in the cohort and the contest. It was really good to invest in ourselves.

Joshua explained that winning the competition made him feel like all the ups and downs were finally starting to pay off.

“I was a little emotional because it was the first time I put 100% effort into something,” he said. “Winning made me feel like we finally had something to show for our hard work and made me really realize that we have people who love and support us.”

Now, with a year under their belt and additional support from Stanislaus Equity Partners, Just Us has quickly grown into a full-scale marketing agency, branching out to help local organizations with website design, online advertisements and marketing. increasing global presence on the web.

After seeing reflect on their journey, Joshua also realized the importance of collaboration in entrepreneurship.

“I also want to inspire others to reach out,” Joshua said. “As the pitch competition has encouraged and shown everyone, collaboration is important, so if you see this please do not hesitate to contact us to collaborate. We are all in this together and collaboration can lead to great things. great things.

For more information about Just Us Photography & Design, visit their website at www.justusphotographyanddesign.com. Anyone interested in learning more or participating in the next Micro Business Development Hub pitch competition should follow Stanislaus Equity Partners on Facebook at @StanislausEquityPartners and on Instagram at @stanislaus_equity_partners.