HEY, I’M JENNA!
I like to describe myself as a creative collaborator because I wear so many different hats. Primarily I work as a freelance photographer (portraits, weddings, social media content, you name it). However, I also write poetry & fiction, run a semi-successful YouTube channel, and create a lot of digital art.
I grew up in Northwest Indiana, but after going to college in Nashville, I just kind of stuck around. My life looks a little chaotic these days, stuck between freelancing and a weird day job where I take photos for Google Street View (yes, that is a real job), but when I’m not working, I’m usually binge-watching a new TV show, listening to Taylor Swift, or obsessively scrolling through Twitter.
Oh, and I also self-published a poetry collection. It’s called Water Runs Red and it debuted at #1 on the Amazon Bestseller lists for Contemporary Poetry & Women's Poetry. Feel like I should say that. ANYWAY.
PUT ME IN COACH
My friends and clients always say that I’m one of the best people to have on their team for projects because I’m so calm and mellow. I thrive most when everyone else is running around like crazy, and I can be the one to anchor them. So if you’re looking for your anchor, I’m your girl.
As a photographer, I can promise you authenticity, artfully captured moments, and true collaboration. I want to work on your vision with you - whether that’s your wedding day or your Instagram photoshoot or your next big conference. My goal is to highlight you and your dreams and to make them look as beautiful as possible.
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WHAT I’M ALL ABOUT
“I just try to live everyday as if I have deliberately come back to this one day, to enjoy it...
As if it was the full, final day of my extraordinary, ordinary life.”
— About Time (2013)
I am a firm believer that life should be celebrated. Not just on the days where someone graduates or someone turns 50, but every day. That's why I take Instagram so seriously and why I get extremely nostalgic about things like Amy Grant's first Christmas CD. If I'm going to be on this earth for a century, then I want every moment to belong to a good beach novel or a Richard Curtis movie.
Sometimes life is messy. It’s boring, it doesn’t fit our expectations, it lets us down. But that doesn’t mean we should bury those gray moments or forget the people we are when we live through them. In fact, sometimes I wonder if the best times of our lives are not glittering with grandiose memories, but rather, they’re speckled with dull and faded hours of contentment that we took for granted. The things we want to remember most are often the little things. Like when you finally unpacked all your moving boxes or when you gave your kids a bath or when you spent a lazy morning in bed with someone who helped you become your best self. These moments aren’t celebrated like they should be. I want to be the person who helps you celebrate the everyday.
I feel called to spin gray moments into gold.
So that's what I do.
More than that, I feel called to help you polish your dreams into gems that shine with success and joy. I want to help you turn your crazy idea into something that works, something that other people want to hold on to, something that will fuel your life. I don’t claim to be some magical being, I’m no magical sorceress who will grant all your wishes, but I know that I have a lot of value and experience that is best spent helping others cultivate their dream life. Whether that means working with you to create something from scratch or hopping in every now and then to help boost your brand where it counts, my goal is to be a creative collaborator, a resource, a friend. I don’t want to be just another photographer you call once a year to get family portraits for your Christmas card (although I love taking photos for Christmas cards).
So many times I see photographers who capture stereotypically beautiful moments of conventionally attractive people, and they always seem to make variations on the same art. That is not me. I never want to be someone who’s known for just one thing. I want to find new challenges and try new setups and capture new people. I’m not afraid of weird, and you shouldn’t be either.
My work is for people who don't think they're beautiful. For people who think they probably don't deserve the best or probably can't afford to fund their secret dream. For people who say, "I'm just warning you, I'm not very good at having my picture taken" or "I'm not that eloquent, so bear with me." My work is for people who just want something quick, who just need one photo, who just. For people who may not have their life together, who want to put a new life together, who apologize too much.
Above all, my work is for people who are willing to try, to trust, and to be surprised.
Photos of Jenna by @kenziekatephoto