Jessica Thrush, 26, of Batavia, became a business owner last year and will soon be conducting her business from the Harvester Center in Batavia.

Thrush, a full-time respiratory therapist, created her business – Jessica Thrush Photography – as a way to embrace her love for photography.

“I love taking photos of people and making memories for them. I wanted to be a part of making people happy and providing them with something that will last forever,” she said.

Thrush originally preferred shooting outdoor scenes and has since grown to love shooting family photoshoots, maternity, seniors, couples, and boudoir.

She will be hosting indoor shoots at her new location.

“I will also be specializing more in boudoir sessions. I want to make women feel empowered, beautiful, and love their own skin,” said Thrush.

Additionally, Thrush is a second shooter for weddings with Meghan Lynn Photography.

Beginning a business is never easy, nor is choosing a launch date during a global health crisis.

“I’ve been doing okay…COVID really hurt the photography community,” Thrush said. “We were unable to work for months and when we were able to, most photographers weren’t getting business because people didn’t want to leave their homes. And people were canceling their weddings. Thankfully, this is my side business, or I wouldn’t be able to have a studio or be where I am now.”

Thrush joins four other new business owners at Mancuso Business Development Group’s Harvester Center. The businesses took advantage of a special lease agreement offered by the Mancuso Business Development, which offered three months free rent to new business owners during the month of October. The incentive was offered in celebration of National Women Owned Small Business Month.

Thrush said she plans to host a small grand opening with friends and family to celebrate her new endeavors. She will open the doors to clients for indoor sessions once remodeling is completed at her studio, which could be as soon as Nov. 1.

As a self-taught photographer who also mentors with other photographers, Thrush is excited for a fresh start.

“Chase your dreams and never give up because the only one standing in your way is yourself,” said Thrush.

For more information, contact Thrush through her website,

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