Personal Work

May 19, 2014

Carnies

 

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.
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The Email

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!

John Mayer

John Mayer

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.John Fogerty John Fogerty

TBP

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…

The Band Perry

Get Off the Couch

February 13, 2013

I had a great speaking engagement at B&H and I am thrilled to see that they have chosen to post it on their facebook page. If you werent able to attend, get a drink and some popcorn and you can catch it on youtube http://bhpho.to/Y7uKMI

One of the things I focused on during the presentation is that you cant accomplish what you want if you are at home on the couch. I read a great article in INC Magazine this month that drives home the same point. Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, talks about creating your own luck and to do so, you need to meet as many people as you can and really get to know them. “Meet lots of different people without trying to extract value from them. You dont need to connect the dots right away. But if you think about each person as a new dot on your canvas, over time, you’ll see the full picture.” Thanks for the great words Tony. And I bet you werent meeting those people when you were at home on the couch!

 

B & H Here We Come

January 16, 2013

First post of 2013 and happy to announce that this Monday, January 21st at 1pm I will be speaking at the B&H Event Space in New York City. Yes its MLK Day and yes it’s Inauguration Day but that happens every year or every four years but me speaking at B&H – thats a first!!! Please join me as I will be speaking about  something near and dear to my heart –  Transitioning Your Personal Project into Commercial Work and Back. The lecture is inspired by my Olympic Moms project but in reality is truly one of things I can say has allowed me to be successful in my professional career. Hope I see you there!Olympic Moms

Harley Shoot

April 11, 2012

No – not the motorcycle – although that would have been fun to0. It was a shoot with Harley Pasternak The Revolution and New Balance sponsored fitness guru. Harley will be working with New Balance and Lady Foot Locker for a series of fitness and wellness events and the images we shot will be featured in those advertising efforts. Harley is Canadian and that fact alone made me like him! We talked exercise, hockey, my pending trip to Ottawa and some more hockey. The three hours of our time together flew by but it was a great afternoon.