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Meet Pye Jirsa of SLR Lounge + Lin and Jirsa Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Pye Jirsa.

Pye, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My father was proud of me when I graduated from the University of Utah Magna Cum Laude in 4 years with 2 Bachelor degrees in Business/Accounting and Mandarin Linguistics.

I moved on to a full-time position with Ernst and Young, one of the most prestigious accounting firms in the world. I soon found accounting and business was a “safe” career, yet for me, it was difficult to excel because I simply wasn’t passionate about it.

When I told my father that I wanted to pursue photography as a career, it was not a pleasant conversation. In fact, I remember him saying, “had I known you would quit EY to become a photographer, I would have never helped pay for college.”

Persisting Through Failure and Opposition
Photo: Lin and Jirsa Photography

My father was an incredible man, and honestly, I can understand his perspective. As children, we grow up with grand dreams. Our parents have seen and know how hard it can be trying to earn a living in the arts. They wish to protect us and keep us safe.

But I learned something at Ernst and Young. While it’s difficult to succeed in the arts, it was more difficult for me to succeed in a career where I had no passion.

When I decided to become a photographer, I knew one thing: I could be passionate about photography and about creating art. I just needed to figure out how to do it, and how to do it well.

Today, I am one of the three partners and co-founders of Lin and Jirsa Photography and SLR Lounge. We run multi-million dollar creative companies with a team of nearly 40 in-house associates and creative professionals.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
We began our business at the start of the recession in 2008. Our early challenges were protecting the small amount of revenue we were earning while learning how to gain a higher-end clientele.

Today, our challenges are in training and maintaining our boutique quality service with a significant team that shoots nearly 1,000 total client commissions each year.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the SLR Lounge + Lin and Jirsa Photography story. Tell us more about the business.
We are known for our warm and flattering portraits combined with our dramatic environmental portraits. To our clients, we are recognized as a premier name in wedding and engagement portraiture.

To our peers, we are one of the largest educational platforms in the industry. SLR Lounge receives millions of page views from nearly a million monthly visitors. Through the platform, not only do we create an extensive amount of free education, we’ve also created some of the best comprehensive photography training available.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
My best luck was probably in meeting my business partners Justin and Chris. What we’ve created wouldn’t have been possible with the unique interests and skill sets each of us brings to the table.

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1 Comment

  1. Rajesh Pandey

    September 26, 2019 at 8:48 am

    Absolutely loved the beautiful pictures. Keep up the good work.

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