Jennifer R. Fiereck
CPP (Certified Professional Photographer)
I am hoping that my work speaks for itself and after visiting this site for a few minutes you’ll know if I’m someone you think you’d want to meet, hang out with or maybe document what could possibly be the most important day of your life. But, if you feel like you need to know a little more about me, let me tell you about two of the most influential people in my life. My husband, Dave and my aunt, Karen.
First let’s talk about Dave. He is the most unselfish, patient, intelligent, witty, supportive, and handsome man I know. Obviously, I’m slightly biased. He is an engineer, so we couldn’t be more opposite in terms of how our brains work. But we are a great team! Dave is the reason I have this blessed life and fulfilling career as a photographer.
Dave and I met Sophomore year at UConn in 1996. He was the cute transfer student and I didn’t waste any time making my move. After college, we married in 2003. While pursuing a career in marketing, I photographed my best friend’s wedding as a favor. That was it. I caught the photography bug.
After showing my Aunt Karen (who happens to own an immensely successful photography studio in North Carolina) some of my work, she invited me to come work at her studio. So on a whim, Dave agreed to move from CT (and everything and everyone he had ever known) to Charlotte, NC so I could pursue photography (see what I mean about unselfish and supportive?).
Now, my Aunt Karen is quite possibly the most talented, compassionate, fun and hard-working person I know. Her work ethic is relentless. Her enthusiasm is contagious. She is my mentor. The industry experience and knowledge I gained in those years at her studio are priceless. And it saved me over $100,000 going to art school.
A few years later, we decided to start a family and be closer to grandparents, so we moved back to CT. At the time, I just figured I would pursue photography as a hobby. But Dave is the one who encouraged me to pursue photography as a career and start my own business.
While I was working full-time for an advertising and public relations firm, I started J. Fiereck Photography on the side. Within two short years, I was getting burnt out. My business was growing so much that I couldn’t do both anymore. It was Dave who suggested I quit my “day job” to grow J. Fiereck Photography. He said, “Let’s give it a year. If it doesn’t work out you can always go get a “real” job.” That was 10 years ago and guess what? I never had to go get a real job.
And the blessings didn’t stop there. Dave also gave me two beautiful and healthy little girls, Ava and Adalyn. Life is good.
Thanks for this beautiful family portrait from this past fall, Aunt Karen.
So, even if you don’t hire me or J. Fiereck, I hope you leave my site with this one thought: Dreams are not realized in isolation. They are the product of your blood, sweat and tears but also the unconditional love of others.
Thank you Dave and Karen and to all my family and friends for your love and support.
I love you.