I'm excited to tell you my story, but the truth is I just feel like a girl lucky enough to pick up a camera. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to get to do what I love and meet so many wonderful families along the way. I thoroughly enjoy holding conversations with other families I can relate with and share in those "me too" moments.
Initially, photography was just a hobby. I never imagined it would turn into a professional opportunity. But, I realized there was a need to specialize in customized photography sessions for families of all abilities. After having discussions with several families who told me they have never had a family photo because they didn't feel like their family's needs would be understood, I knew I could make a difference.
Here's a bit of my story. It all started after learning our youngest of three children was diagnosed with autism. In that first year, we found ourselves overscheduled with therapy appointments, fighting the school for services, and trying to find the strength to dry my eyes. I felt like I was caught up in a whirlwind, all alone, with no way out.
Fast forward to a year later and a lot changed. Our routine changed drastically. We were with the same provider for the majority of therapies. There were changes in relationships (I lost some, but gained many). Eventually, I began to regain my confidence and from that point on I knew my heart was set on advocating for my son, as well as other families.
When I'm not behind the camera you can find me spending quality time with my husband and children. I enjoy recruiting players with additional needs to play baseball for a local team called the Wonder League. I am an advocate in our community that voiced the need for accommodations at the movie theater, church, and Easter egg hunts. I have also led and actively participate in parent support groups.
My son does not enjoy having his picture taken by other people, and sometimes will refuse altogether. His autism makes him very particular about certain things. Jen made everything very easy for him, she was extremely patient and not all demanding as some photographers can be. She was smiling and he was smiling and laughing throughout the entire session. Highly recommend her for those kiddos who just need that 'extra' compassion and care. It was a great experience. -H.M.
Jen did such an amazing job with our family during our session. She is one of the sweetest understanding people we have ever met. With one of our sons being severely autistic, one being socially delayed, and one two year old, her patience and compassion for each one of their needs was so appreciated and refreshing. On top of it all, she was able to capture all of them in their individual elements as well as us as a family and we are still in awe at how gorgeous our pictures came out. Thank you so much, Jen! We cannot wait until our next session! -K.A.
We first met Jen through our children who became friends while attending the same school. She offered to take our family photos and knew our family circumstances with our non-verbal son who is severely autistic and does not settle well in unknown settings. She did an amazing job with all of our boys in capturing our family and was so patient with the boy's needs. We plan on doing more photo sessions with her because she is just amazing and has a talented eye for capturing kids in their natural element and making them feel comfortable. -A.A.