Member Spotlight: Janet Bark Photography

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November 07, 2018

Tell us about your company.

Janet Bark Photography is a custom portrait and commercial photography studio located in Poway, CA. I have been in business here for six years, but have worked in the industry for over 20. Photographing people is what I do, but I like to think it's more than the picture you receive. It's the relationships we build, and if I can take the fear out of having your portrait done, and you actually like the experience, then that's what really matters.


What products or services does your business provide?

I offer in-studio and on-location commercial photography such as headshots, event coverage, and product images, as well as Family, and High School Senior Portraits. You can have your images designed for the wall, as gifts, on greetings cards, and of course digitally.


What was the most memorable or successful moment in your business' history?

The most memorable moment in my business' history was photographing over 200 women for the Chamber at San Diego Women's Week. When Debra asked me, my first thought was: "How will I have enough time to connect and service this many women and still be true to my business model?". Needless to say we all had a blast, and I WAS able to have real moments and connections and still capture a beautiful, authentic headshot for all.


Tell us an interesting fact about your business.

I have hand painted three canvas backdrops and even though it's back-breaking, clothes-staining work, I want to paint so many more!


What tips/advice can you offer that is related to your business' industry?

Having your picture taken is something you can't really avoid. With businesses having such an online presence nowadays; web, social media, email signatures, etc, you're bound to have one taken at some point. My tip would be to just relax, breathe, and be you. We get so worried about the small stuff that no one else notices but us. (Trust me, no one is looking at your chin.) People want to see the YOU that they relate to. A friendly, confident smile will have more impact than anything else.


Do you have any upcoming events or information you want your fellow Chamber Members and the community to know about?

I will be photographing each member (one per company), and each Operation Connect Graduate this year at the Regional Connect mixers. (Make sure to sign up on the website!) I am offering: no booking fee (normally $150) for your business to have headshots done and $25 off your individual headshot at the studio.


For more information on Janet Bark Photography visit

Janet Bark, Owner, (858) 774-5993