I’m Jennifer, but most people just call me Jenn.
I started taking photos at age five, after begging my mother to buy me a camera at a neighbor’s garage sale. I grew up in a small town in the deep South, and I documented everyone and all that happened there.
I started my first job as a photographer at my hometown newspaper and worked my way up to working for some of the best newspapers in the country after college. When I left the newspaper industry, I went to work in the photo office at The White House for the?Executive Office of the President?as photo editor and photographer. I have worked for many other companies such as?National Geographic,?AOL,?USA Today,?and?K12 Inc.
I am a corporate, adverting and event photographer in the Washington, D.C. and New York metro area but I will travel anywhere in the world for an interesting photo assignment. I have a curiosity for people and their stories and I can find something interesting in whatever I photograph.
I am very active in the photo community mentoring young and emerging photographers and I am past vice-president of Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW). I am also a recent graduate of Leadership Fairfax (Class of 2016).
When I am not off on a photography assignment, I have an adventure of raising my very creative and non-conformist children. The oldest ones are off forging their path in college and the little one is first-grader who wants to be a movie star and a scientist. My parents still live in the small Mississippi town I grew up in and going back home to visit it often like visiting the set of Steel Magnolias.
My Town – Reston, Virginia:
Live. Work. Play. That’s the motto of Reston and I fully embrace it. My house sits on the nature preserve and days off are spent reading on my back porch. In some ways, it reminds me of the town I grew up in, with caring neighbors, children playing in the woods and lots time with summer on the lakes. I have my own photo studio here right in Reston at Lake Anne, right above the Lake Anne Coffee House and Wine Bar. Wine and Coffee? Who could ask for more?
I love travel the way some people love food. I like exploring the outdoors, finding a small town tucked away on a forgotten country road. I love feeling of the wheels lifting off on a plane, taking me to my next interesting destination. There is no such thing as a bad vacation to me, I enjoy everything that comes from embracing wanderlust. In my downtime, I write, and someday very soon that bestselling book will be published.