May 19, 2014
There is nothing I love more than being able to shoot and share my personal work. I recently started a project of Carnival Workers. When I was growing up we called them carnies so I have included 2 of my portraits from the “Carnies” series.
The low light and Nikon 85mm 1.4 lens are perfect for this environment. I am unobtrusive with just my small set up and people are willing to talk with you and allow you to make their portrait. Look forward to sharing more of this work.
January 9, 2014
October 31, 2013
I had just seen an advertisement announcing that tickets were going on sale for the John Mayer concert and the concert was going to be on my birthday! I thought… Might have to get tickets for that. And literally, the next day I got the email from some of my favorite people at iHeart Radio. The email read something like…. “Hi Jen, You around to shoot John Mayer at the theater this week?” I read it and thought – WOW! I really love my job. I think that pretty regularly but after an email like that, I really know how fortunate I am!
I got to spend some time shooting one of my favorite performers and he didnt disappoint. We got to make some beautiful portraits and even though it wasnt my birthday, I got to watch him perform too!
July 18, 2013
It wasnt quite as spiky as it was for the All Star Game but just before he headed up to NY for the MLB festivities, I photographed a perfectly coiffed Bryce Harper. The hair didnt interfere with his professionalism or posing – he was a great guy to photograph with some portraits as well as in uniform action. My niece, who lives in the DC area and is a Red Sox fan, wanted me to let him know that the Nationals suck but I didnt mention that during our time together. Sorry Kaya 🙂
May 31, 2013
For some of us in the photo industry, we have seemingly seen it all. From that experience, we know how to behave in certain situations and we know what sounds about right. Which brings me to an assignment last week. I got a call to photograph with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and music legend John Fogerty. I was excited about the opportunity and I mapped out a plan for several portraits. I had a few hours the afternoon before and I was able to source some great textured pieces to include in the images and the whole thing was really coming together. I arrived and setup and was admiring the dozens of different guitars that John had brought with him to play and I had planned on using in the photographs. My colleague at ClearChannel made the ask and requested that we use one of the guitars in our shoot – the response was an astounding no. A few years back, I would have been stunned and disappointed but gone on without the guitar in the shots. But after countless shoots and dealing without hundreds of handlers, I knew this “no” was not a “no – you cant use a guitar in the photo.” Rather, it was a “no, I dont feel like going out of my way to get a guitar over to your photo shoot 50 feet away.” We made the ask several more times with several different people and we did so politely but firmly. There was pretty much no way that “Experienced Jen” was going to shoot John Fogerty without a guitar. And sure enough, with a bit of perseverance, we pulled it off and Im thrilled that we did. John was great and as much fun as it was to create portraits, it was just as much fun to photograph him performing.
May 3, 2013
TBP – initials for The Band Perry and Turtlebox Pictures – thought it was good karma. And it was. Had a great shoot with the team from iHeart and Kimberly, Neil and Reid from The Band Perry. While I had a blast photographing the trip, it was a bit bittersweet. It may be the last hurrah for shooting in one of all time favorite spaces in New York. Rumor has it this awesome spot on the corner of 6th Avenue and Lispenard is on its way to becoming a Starbucks…
February 25, 2013
By the time the NBA All Star Game rolls around, I have shot many of the top players in one fashion or another and have a sense of their game. But Damian Lillard was a surprise to me. Only a rookie, Damian won the Skills Challenge at All Star Saturday night and also competed in the Rookie/ Sophomore game. Aside from his on court events, he was a pleasure to shoot! While I was only able to photograph him for a few minutes, he was great and for a photographer, there is nothing better than a subject who takes direction well. I think you should expect to be hearing more from this talented young man.