What I enjoy most about photographing families is being part of special moments that define them: the union of a loving couple, the birth of a child, and all the milestones that follow. I’m able to stop those moments in time for them to relive over and over again. I love hearing people’s stories about how they’ve met, the obstacles they’ve surpassed and sharing their stories through those precious moments.
My zeal for photography began when I was seven years old. My parents gave me an old camera to use and I was quickly captured by the new art form. I took a darkroom course in high school and my curiosity and excitement for photography developed even more. Throughout college and after graduating, my camera gear grew, as did my experience and knowledge. I considered myself a hobbyist for the longest time until I eventually left my desk job as a Graphic Designer (with the support of my amazing husband) to pursue my dream career as a photographer. Today, I feel blessed to say that I got to be what I wanted when I grow up.
My Approach: My work focuses on capturing a moment in time, whether it’s portraiture, lifestyle imagery, or just the perfect light. My favorite time of day to shoot is during the “golden hour” when the sun is low and warm. I enjoy capturing candid moments, genuine smiles and raw emotions most.
A few random facts about me:
I introduce myself as “Jennifer” but everyone eventually ends up calling my “Jen.”. Both my children were born on the way to the hospital, delivered by my husband. I’ve never mowed a lawn a day in my life. Yes, Seriously, I’ve never had to push a mower. I danced for 15 years- ballet, jazz, hip-hop and tap. I wore braces as an adult. My husband and I had two weddings. My eyes are green but sometimes they look blue. I was born in Pennsylvania and lived there until I was 7. I get emotional every single time I see a proposal video online or in a movie. I’m 5’9” I’ve felt like a giant most of my life, and I hate wearing heals because of it. However, being tall has had an advantage for me as a photographer. I believe is signs from heaven; I’ve always believed that monarch butterflies are messengers from heaven. I studied photography and video at U of M’s School of Art & Design.