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About jen

community support and volunteerism:
Channel 3 Kids Camp
Donate Life CT
Girl Scouts of CT
MAAC (Manchester Area Conference of Churches)
manchester soccer club
MARC Inc., of Manchester
Rebuilding Together Manchester
Saint James Church
Saint James School Foundation
Wounded Warrior Project

accolades and accomplishments:
BA Marketing/communications, UConn, 2000
leadership greater hartford, 2003
hartford business journal Forty Under 40 winner, 2014

Hobbies:
Cooking, Reading, planning our next family vacation, entertaining

current favorite book:
educated, tara westover

favorite band at the moment:
turnpike troubadors

Random Fact:
performed during an nfl game half-time show 

must visit bucket list:
italy, greece, alaska

"Don't let your ice cream melt counting other people's sprinkles."

The short version:

I wasn't born holding a camera. I didn't spend my childhood in a darkroom. I was actually off to a successful career in marketing when I decided to pursue photography full-time and take the plunge into self-employment. In 2006, while working for a marketing and public relations firm, I started my photography business on the side. Within a year, the business was gaining momentum.  I took my husband's advice and quit my "real job," as he so eloquently put it. For nearly 15 years, I've been blessed to earn a living doing something that I love...collaborating with my clients to create captivating images.
 

The Whole story:

To understand how and why I became a photographer, you need to meet two extremely influential people in my life. My husband, Dave, and my Aunt Karen.

Dave is the most unselfish, patient, and supportive man I know. He is an engineer, so we couldn’t be more opposite in terms of how our brains work. But we are a great team. We 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 gift to her and her husband. That was it. I caught the photography bug.

After showing my Aunt Karen (who owns a 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.

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. 

We decided to start a family and be closer to my in-laws, 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.

And the blessings didn’t stop there. In 2010, we purchased an old farmhouse for our home studio in Manchester and in just a few years managed to fill it with three amazing children: Ava, Adalyn and Michael.

I am so blessed to do something I love for a living…collaborating with my clients to create captivating images. So, that’s my story. I can’t wait to help tell yours.