Today, I have a very special lady on the blog! Jess Hedges, owner of Branded in Ink, is what I like to call a Jack-“or Jill”- of-all-trades! I mean she REALLY does it ALL! So what is Branded in Ink? In the words of the #bosslady herself:
“Branded in Ink is a dynamic explosion of cowboy storytelling. We work to tell our cowboying story and teach other small businesses to tell theirs in an authentic way. We do this through cowboy poetry, photography, coaching, public speaking and social media.”
Jess specializes in photography, cowboy poetry, small business marketing, and speaking. She is an artist, mom, wife, and coach, and this list barely scrapes the surface.
Jess’ love and passion for the cowboy way of life started out at a young age. Like many of the folks who grew up on ranches, it just gets in your bones. Despite being caught up in the day-to-day operations of running Branded in Ink, Jess gets out to help her husband, who runs a cow camp in SE Organ, and her neighbors with day work.
One quick scroll through the @brandedinink Instagram and it is apparent that Jess loves being a business owner because it gives her the flexibility to raise her boys in the western lifestyle, while accomplishing her career goals and staying true to her artistic passion.
I love that Jess focuses her business on story telling. There is no question that telling our unique story is VERY IMPORTANT in the world of agriculture. Jess is a big agvocate and she knows the value of telling her families “beef story” by incorporating facts and history of the west. Jess does an amazing job of using her photography talent to capture and promote the image of the American Cowboy. I invite you to check out her amazing photos over on her Instagram account.
I want to leave you with one more fact about Jess. She looks up to cowboy and poet, Gracie Sicking. In her day-to-day life, Jess tries to implement Gracie’s motto of: “I didn’t want to be known as a cowgirl, I wanted to be known as the girl who cowboyed.”
Thanks to everyone for reading and a special thanks to Jess for helping me out!
Head shot of Jess: Photography by Neets