Meet The Photographer
Hello there! I'm Jen - a fun, loving, coffee addict, country girl who loves everything western! I am located in the heart of beautiful, Northern California. Photography, to me, is more than just images. It's a story of real people, living out real memories.
My commitment to you is to capture the real YOU, while telling your story!
My photography journey started back in 2010 when I received my first DSLR for Christmas. Photography has always been of great interest to me. I'm always intrigued how one image, when captured just right, can tell us such a spectacular story! The journey hasn't been that easy however... Looking back at my images from 2010 to my current images makes me shudder. And it has been a huge thank you to Katelyn James, Amy and Jordan Demos, Dianna Sanders and many other great photographers that my images are delivered the way they are now. I started out with super dark images and I am now achieving my goal of bright and airy images! I shoot mostly in natural light as much as possible to achieve this goal. However I am also equipped with artificial lighting as well (especially for dark receptions or business "studio styled" headshots). But whether I'm shooting in natural light or artificial lighting, I'm striving to capture those special moments that show your true emotions and tells the world about who YOU are!
I was born and raised in the little town of Cottonwood, California. My childhood memories involve lots of horseback riding adventures, homeschooling and church activities. My parents are amazing people and I sure wouldn't be where I'm at today without them! My sister, Sarah, has turned into my best friend (we used to hate each other when we were younger...). We can share so many crazy memories! Like the time I bit her nose (It was an accident! I promise!), or the time she started bawling because she just wanted dad to stop the car pronto and get her some water! She has grown up into such an amazing woman! Her and her husband, Raul, have an adorable son: Wayne Louis. You will see lots of images of him on my blog!
I first married in 2007, and I will only say that God obviously had different plans for me that I didn't know about at the time. But during that section of my life my beautiful son was born in 2012! Jared Michael. He has brought me such joy and heartache at the same time! Ha! In 2014, while only 1-1/2 years old, he had to have surgery down at UC Davis. The surgery was successful but going through it was painful. Not just for my son but for me as well. But God sure knew what he was doing though, cause Jared hasn't had any breathing issues or infections since then! He's now in school and doing amazing! He says he doesn't like school but yet is so excited to show me all that he's learned. I am one proud momma!
My story with Matt begins in 2017. A new beginning for both of us and for our kids. One thing I have learned in life is that you just have to let go, trust God and let "God Unfold the Rose". When hard times come, just hold on to your faith in God, because He will see you through. And He always keeps His promise to take care of us as long as we follow Him. That is the commitment Matt and I have made. We are committed to God and to each other. And we are committed to raising our kids up on the right path. Blended together we have Emily, Mandy, Megan and Jared! Four amazing children, full of energy, eager to learn and explore what God has for us! These kids are strong, they are smart and they have endurance. Words can't express how proud I am of them and how privileged I am to be their mom/stepmom.
Matt works as a granite fabricator for a Tile and Granite company called Ceramic Designs in Redding, California. It is owned by our Pastor, Ron Green. The company does amazing work and is appreciated by many in our community. I get the privilege to photograph many of the amazing jobs that they have done! You can see the most recent work on my blog here. Matt has also become my second shooter and assistant!
Right now I'm not doing photography full time. I am currently employed at Walker Printing. A commercial print shop in Red Bluff, California. I handle many different tasks there such as bookkeeping, graphic design, customer service, digital production and more. Working there has been such a blessing and has really helped in building my photography business on the side. Chris and Neal Gagliano, the brothers that own the company, are amazing people to work for. They have treated me like family and have been so flexible and patient with me! They have been a huge support during rough patches in my life and I just can't thank them enough.
God is number one in my life. No matter what comes my way, I want to always look to Him. My christian journey started when I was fairly young. My mom took us girls to church since I was 3 years old. I received the gift of the Holy Ghost, just like Peter preached in the book of Acts, when I was 8 years old. But it wasn't until I was 12 that I really put it in my heart to stay committed to God. And since then, He has always been right there holding my hand throughout this journey called "life". I attend Church on the Rock in Anderson, California. An amazing place of worship, and place to hear the truth preached just like it was in the book of Acts. I invite everyone to come join me for service! Sundays 10am and 6pm and Tuesdays at 7pm.
A Few of My Favorite Things
01. My Bible
03. Western Everything
04. Dr. Pepper
05. My Right to Bear Arms