meet jennifer

photo by adrian gibbs

~ Short version ~ I am wildly passionate about animals in general but let’s face it, dogs rule! And well, photography does too! I don’t think one can ever learn enough. Family is very important to me. In fact, I couldn’t have gotten this far without my completely devoted and supportive boyfriend Jim (thank you). I prefer to be outside in the wilderness as opposed to being inside watching TV, I love music and we are expecting our first child in April.

~ Long version ~ I have always been a late bloomer with most things in my life. Career-wise I did not know what I wanted to do for what seems like an eternity. I dibble-dabbled in a few different interests of mine but never had a solid connection with any of them. I felt as though I was always searching for something to satisfy me.

Six years ago I brought home a Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppy. I named him Cooper. To give you a little background information of my experience with dogs…well, I had one when I was a young girl. She mostly became attached to my mom so I never developed much of a relationship with her which was fine because there was always a cat around!

After I brought Cooper home I slowly realized this was going to be a major challenge. Puppies need A LOT of attention! Slowly though this cute, adorable, energetic, unconditional loving little fur ball completely stole my heart. Today, I can not imagine my life without him. He is an integral part of my family and I would have it no other way.

I guess the point of this story is that Cooper woke me up in a sort of way. He has taught me how to live in the moment. Sounds weird I know but he is one of the most expressive dogs I have ever met. I realized his cute little nuances were things I would never want to forget. So, as I’m sure you’ve guessed by now, I bought a camera. From the minute I bought it, I have yet to put it down.

In the past six years I have learned an enormous amount of information about photography and feel there is so much more I can’t wait to wrap my brain around. I go into each session excited to apply my knowledge while also welcoming the challenges it may bring. Photography is the first thing I think about when I wake up and the last thing I think about when I go to bed. It feels pretty cool.