Photojennic Photography

About Me & My Team

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Photo by  Joshua Dwain Photography of NYC

Traditional?

No.

Serious?

Nah.

Boring?

Anything but.

Shy?

Definitely not.

Creative?

YES YES AND YES!

If I had to pick one word to describe myself, that would be the one! Ever since I was little, I loved to create, whether it be stories, dances, plays, food, or toys. One of my fondest childhood memories is of me, my baby sister, and my childhood best friend under my carport in New Orleans, choreographing dances on skates and charging 25 cent admission to neighborhood kids.  Which is, and will always be my first love, dance. I have danced since I was 2, and graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelor’s in Dance, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and a minor in English. (Don’t judge me for any grammatical errors…I’m out of practice!) Both of my parents were creative and artists in their own way. Without a doubt I am an artist as well, in every possible way.  From the way I wake up, the way I walk, the way I interact with people… I find art and beauty in so many aspects of life.  So, how did I end up being a photographer? Good question! It is still hard for me to call myself a photographer…. more like an artist with a camera.

In February 2012, I was laid off from an office job of ten years, that did not suit me AT ALL. Have you ever been in a place and asked your self, “how did I end up here?” It was one of those jobs.  Imagine the movie Office Space… “Yeah, did you get that memo?” That was my life for ten redundant years.  Prior to this, I had always had a love for photography and did a couple of shoots for friends, but nothing with a professional or even a SLR camera. (The closest I had had to a ‘cool’ camera, was when I visited Paris my junior year in high school for a dance team trip, my mom had rented me a panoramic camera, which was awesome for shots of the Eiffel Tower!) The day after I was laid off, I was supposed to meet a friend (now a model) for a fitness and dance photo shoot.  After I posted the photos to Facebook and got rave responses, I decided to go for it and make it happen.  From that day on, I went out and bought better equipment. I studied book after book, and got out and learned from experience.  Completely self taught.  I can honestly say, I have never taken a class(even though I would love to and think they are a great way to learn.) But in my opinion, this was the best way for me to learn. I have learned so much from my customers, friends, family, etc. So now, countless cameras, and varieties of lenses later, I am doing this full time. I have always been confident in everything I do, but I feel so comfortable behind the camera. It’s where I belong.

Telling Stories is one of my all time favorite things to do. That is why I love dance so much, and I attest that is the reason I have such an eye for photography. Through choreography, I use my body and those of my students to express feelings and emotions to tell a story. So it is only natural that I use photography the same way. I use my subjects/models and their surroundings to portray their story or the story I see within them. I try to make each shoot unique, fun, creative and personal, just like me. I love candid and natural photos that capture’s my subjects true personality and beauty. I also love capturing moments that are whimsical and magical… just like a fairytale. My favorite part of my job, hands down, is the fact that, their memories are my memories too, because I was there capturing  every special moment of that birthday party, wedding, or family shoot. Just talking about it makes me smile.

It has  been 6 years now, and I can honestly say it has been the most amazing, yet toughest  years of my life. So many ups and downs. But overall, things are unbelievably astounding. I have my friends, fans, and family to thank for that. Especially my husband, Michael.  He has been so supportive.  I have finally found my calling and I couldn’t be happier.

So when you are doing a photo shoot with me, remember to just be yourself…..just be PhotoJennic! :)

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From left to right: Jaime Sousa(second shooter for weddings & assistant editor for weddings), Casey Zweifel (office assistant, lighting assistant & second shooter), Shaylyn Lew(assistant), Jennifer ‘JB’ Buck-Watts(owner), Debbie Wagener(second shooter), Faith Allen(second shooter), Megan Buck (office administration) Not pictured: Amanda White(lighting assistant)

For the longest time, I was doing everything on my own… but I knew eventually I would need some sort of help. As my business has grown, so has my team of helpers. I can honestly say without them, I would have lost my mind a long time ago. They help me in so many ways, but also keep things fun & exciting. They help with my mini sessions, by second shooting at weddings, holding lighting equipment, doing some office work, running errands, editing, making props, cleaning out my car and prop room(those can get pretty ugly) and so much more. There have been so many others who have helped along the way by  working weddings here and there, or jumping in and helping with minis. I love my friends, and am so lucky to have people who are so supportive and willing to help. Stay tuned for individual photos and bios on my team!!!