about me

Hi, I'm Jen

Thank you for being here and taking an interest in my mission. I'd love to tell you how this all started!
Even though I am a recognized, published and award winning photographer who has had the privilege of working with hundreds of children and families… and even though I am proud to produce beautiful artwork that my clients proudly hang on their walls, there was something missing in my personal work, my most important work. I remember very clearly the foggy day in September of 2015 when I felt both a low point in my approach to my personal photography and an initial shift of change. My littlest and I were sitting in my car, parked by a beautiful path in the fog. We had just dropped off the older two kids at school and I wanted to capture my littlest in the rare fog that was still lingering that morning. I sat in the car, preparing myself like I would do as if I was making the trek into the grocery store with 3 small kids. She was in a very clingy stage and nap time was also approaching. As we sat in my car I began to think of all the reasons we should just turn around and make our way home. I thought to myself, “I doubt I’m even going to get anything, she’s probably just going to cling to my leg, this is never going to work, what’s the point, maybe we should just go”… I was so concerned that my own expectations weren’t going to be met that I didn’t even want to bring her out of the car. Who was I to decide what expectations needed to be met in order to make our time worth while? Who was I to decide what the course of the next moments needed to look like in order to feel successful? And how was this self serving approach to my photography serving me or my kids? It wasn’t. There had to be a different way. Looking back, it was this low point that began to shift my thinking, my goals, my expectations and my purpose for photographing my kids. It was the beginning of a new way, new thinking, and new opportunities to create connection, purpose and impact, instead of expectations, disappointment, frustration and defeat.
In case you’re wondering, I made the choice to get out of the car that foggy day with my littlest. I made the choice to let go of any expectations, and it was the beginning of a shift in how I approach my personal photography. Children have a way of highlighting the most important things in life, and if we’re listening it can make us better photographers, storytellers and just better humans.
Because here's the hard truth. You can create the most beautiful art, you can have a massive following behind you... but that doesn't mean sh** if you aren't feeling fulfilled, enriched and empowered with what you're creating and HOW you're creating it. 

One of my favourite Jane Goodall quotes is... "What you do every day makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." 
For years, 13 years to be exact I have studied the art of creating beautiful images of my children + hundreds of
other children and families through my client work. In the last few years, I have taken on less client work to focus on documenting my own children and it is in this work, that I began to ask myself some really tough questions, like... what is my intent behind photographing my kids? How is my photography bringing value to our lives? How do my kids feel when I photograph them? How can I empower my kids through this process? What emotions surface when I pick up my camera? What are the things I hold most valuable and how can I implement these values into my photography?
I've learned that the quality of your life is determined by the quality of questions you ask, but also the level of honesty in your answers.
I still use my camera to create the images I love of my children but through a process that will enrich our lives along the way. This has been my most important work and the purpose I was needing in my photography. 
It is easy to get lost in this journey - lost in comparison, lost in your own mind, lost in your own doubts and fears. 
But when you're driven by purpose, you won't be distracted by comparison. 


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