Hi, I'm Jen!
Remember that time you did that "team building exercise" at work, and you had to introduce yourself and give everyone a little more information about who you are? Yeah, that was awful, right, like, what do you even SAY? But I thought it might be helpful for new clients who haven't met me yet to know a little more about me, who I am, and why I'm completely delighted to photograph newborns, babies, and high school seniors.
i've been in the photography industry since 2001
Okay, in my head, that doesn't sound like such a long time ago, but in real life, that's 22 years. I started in the automotive sector, in a photographic archive for one of Detroit's Big Three automakers, and in 2008, I left the auto industry and started photographing people.
I'm not from South Dakota
I was born in Michigan, spent my childhood in California, and moved all around between Michigan and the Pacific Northwest before settling in Sioux Falls in 2022.
I'm a granny!
It's true! I have two grandsons, who live in the Netherlands... and if there's anything sweeter than spending time snuggling and photographing newborns, it's hearing them learn a new language.
I love travel and tea and distance running
I start every day with a cup of black tea, and most of my spare time is spent traveling. Remote, off-the-grid camping is my jam. Want to hear me babble on for hours? Ask me about the last marathon I ran, or which trail shoes I love best, and I won't shut up.
I'm obsessed with all things baby
My studio space is a testament to my great love of all things baby — blankets, swaddles, bonnets, cute headbands, tiny outfits and props — I have to have them all! On the plus side, my mild obsession means I have everything we'll need for your newborn or milestone session.
I love photographing seniors, too
I know I talk a lot about newborn and first year milestone photography, but I also LOVE photographing high school seniors!