"Get to know us" Part Eight - Q&A with Jenny Jean Photography
Hello, hello all! Today on the "Get to know us" docket, we have the lovely and oh so talented, Jenny of Jenny Jean Photography!
Now I don't know Jenny personally and she is actually one of our Edmonton & Area Photography vendors so I've never had the pleasure of meeting her. Yet! But when Jenny reached out about joining AWS, I took a look at all of her beautiful work and knew immediately that I wanted this crazy-talented lady in our community. And fortunately after learning a bit more about her through our application process, it definitely a sealed deal! :)
I'm so happy to share this blog post with all of you. Here's more about Jenny!
1. How long have you been in business?
Going into my fourth year of business!
2. Why did you choose to start a business in photography?
I am one of those people who “fell into it.” I know this story can be common among photographers, but I have always had a lifelong interest in imagery. I was always the girl in college with my camera taking photos of everyone and documenting everything. Photos have always been my way to journal. I never thought of it seriously as a career for a long time… I always dreamed about it but didn’t think it would actually happen.
So, when I was in University, I was working part time at Shoppers Drug Mart as a cosmetician. Shoppers drug mart has an electronics department and there was a huge sale on Canon cameras. So I bought a Canon Rebel T3. I had always wanted a camera where I could “change the lens.” Shortly after buying it I started doing photo shoots for family and friends. I was hooked. Only a couple months later I sold my Canon camera, and upgraded to professional full frame gear, prime lenses and enrolled in a 1 on 1 mentorship with Milton Photography to jump into the photography industry!
3. Name 2-3 people who you admire/look up to in the wedding industry and why.
Justine Milton - of Milton Photography. She is an amazing film photographer and very successful. I admire her drive and determination to perfect her craft. She looked at Jose Villa’s work and thought, “Why can’t I?” Jose Villa is a LEGEND. I knew I loved the aesthetic and look of film so I have always been drawn to Justine’s work. She has been a supporter of mine since the beginning. I’ve done a few mentorships with her and value all that I’ve learned. She has taught me so much from the technical side of photography, to the business side, to the client experience side. She is unapologetically herself and I’m grateful for her helping hand in this industry.
Katie Nicolle - is a film shooter based in Ontario. Her work is absolutely stunning and she has a heart of gold. I’ve done a skype 1:1 mentorship with her and she had some great ideas for me to elevate my brand. She exudes beauty and grace in this industry. She’s honestly like a breath of fresh air. I just love her! Katie is such a boss babe- shooting her own weddings every year and hosting gorgeous workshops throughout Canada and the entire world. She is always interactive and helpful to her following. I’ve also taken some of her online education and have learned so much from her and she freely shares her knowledge on her Youtube page. Love her so much!
Julie Paisley - She is another film shooter based out of Nashville that I have grown to love. She is the reason I shot my first roll of film, actually! I purchased her “Shooting Film Without Fear” course and shot my first rolls of film in Hawaii. I was so happy with the photographs and was grateful for her education and the push it gave me to shoot something I love and that inspires me. Julie totally feels like a “mama bear” in the industry. She was a teacher who turned into a world famous published film wedding photographer. I find her story so inspiring. She is so humble and graceful despite her enormous success. Love her!
4. If you didn’t have your wedding photography business, what else would you like to do for a living?
I completed my Bachelor of Social Work and was working as Social Worker supporting adult brain injury survivors prior to my photography business. I was actually on maternity leave when I had to decide if I was going back to my office job or if I would take a leap of faith and pursue my photography business full time. I loved my job and found so much fulfillment in it. My clients changed me for the better… they showed resilience despite some of the most challenging circumstances and navigated their new normal with courage and bravery. I am honored to have worked alongside them.
5. What is your favorite thing about being a part of the Alberta Wedding Social Community so far? I have loved being part of a community. Being an entrepreneur and business owner can get lonely at times! It’s not like I go to an office every day and see my coworkers. My office is in my house. So having a network of supportive people in the industry has been so nice. Especially with the COVID-19 pandemic. It was so nice to not feel alone, and to share resources with each other that we could pass onto our 2020 couples. I was so grateful for that support!
1. Where are you originally from?
2. Tell us about your family. Married? Kids? Pets? From a Big family/small?
I’ve been married to my husband Thomas for almost 8 years. We have 2 little boys- ages 3 and 7 months. They sure keep us busy!
3. What is the first thing you’re looking forward to doing once Social Distancing/Quarantine is over?
I cannot WAIT to see all my friends and family again! Being quarantined with two little kids is not for the faint of heart. I can’t wait to see my kids play with their friends again… burn their energy on a playground. But mostly visiting with all my friends and family.. I can’t wait.
4. You are a busy mom to 2 boys; if you had 1 free hour a day to yourself, what would you do?
Oh my gosh. I don’t even know where to start. There’s so many things. Sleep. Clean my house. Read some books that I’ve been meaning to finish but never seem to have time to read. Go through all the online photography education I’ve purchased and watch it. Go on a walk by the river. I’m sure I can fit all those activities in one hour, right??
5. Name 3 people (family members, famous people, friends, whomever) who have influenced your life in a positive way and a brief description as to how/why.
I admire my parents so much. They raised four kids and have worked so hard to support our family. My brother Jordan has Williams Syndrome and he lives at home with them. He has had many challenging and scary health issues in his life- becoming a parent myself has put their life into a whole new context for me. They are amazing. I am so grateful to have grown up in a home with a focus on advocacy and inclusion.
My brother, Jordan. He is one of the happiest guys I know and he spreads sunshine and love to all those around him.
My husband. He is my better half and balances me out in all the right ways. I can’t imagine doing life without him.
6. What is your favorite meal? Including any side dishes/wine pairings etc.
Thai food and Ice Cream!
7. List 3 of your favorite TV shows, 3 of your favorite movies and 3 of your favorite bands/musicians.
-The Bachelor/Bachelorette, Schitts Creek, anything HGTV.
-A Walk to Remember, The fault in our Stars, Captain Phillips
-Shawn Mendes, All of country music, Julia Michaels
8. Tell us one silly thing about yourself that (maybe) no one knows! Like a funny, unusual hidden talent or quirk.
Lol I honestly can’t think of anything right now. Sorry! :P (We'll forgive you this time, Jenny! Haha)
9. If your friends/family were to describe you in 3 words, what would they be?
Loyal, loving, creative.
10. Last but not least; tell us your favorite quote or “words to live by”!
In a world where you can be anything, be kind.
Thank you so much Jenny for taking the time out of your busy day to answer this fun Q&A for us! I love how passionate you are about your job and your family! And I really appreciate the kind words about AWS! We are lucky to have you in our Community!