Photographer — Seattle, SF, NYC
I am a full-time photographer combining documentary photography and art to make beautiful images. Photography is my passion.
I have lived and traveled in many places and am a keen observer of relationships and behavior. My storytelling days started after I received a master’s in photojournalism from the University of Missouri.
My work has included being a multimedia editor at MSNBC.com, a freelance photojournalist working in East Africa for Care and the United States for the Gates Foundation, a florist, and an English teacher. Places I have called home include Kenya, Indiana, Singapore, Japan, and Virginia. I am very grateful to photographer Annie Leibovitz and her studio that recommended me to some of my first maternity clients, cultivating my desire to show this shape in photos.
I have traveled the world as a traveler, not a tourist. I prefer not to wear shoes though wore them for the 850 km (528 miles) that I walked across Spain. Learning a new language makes me feel alive because then I can connect with a new culture through a personal conversation. I have been known to be a talker, but I spend a lot of time meditating, taking long walks, or just allowing my creative brain to simmer. I love meeting new people and been told I am fun-loving. I would go insane without photography, Brian, my dog Salvador, my cat Moss, art galleries, The World Cup, my daily walks, international films, an indigo ocean with warm sand, and a good view.
While my team embraces digital photography and all its benefits, I still choose to use film, which means I have to wait to see the results, like you will have to. It is magic to look at those contact sheets for the first time. Things have happened that I couldn’t predict usually with the help of a daring 2-year old. And when I am holding a fiber print and inspecting it before it goes to the framer or shipped to you, it is alive, it vibrates, it is rich with depth and grain.
I am attracted to the bright side of life as well as the quiet and more intimate moments. Over the years I have built a great base of clients who hire me because I work well with my subjects and because I always come up with fun, creative, happy, spontaneous, energetic, and whimsical photographs.
My pregnancy and family work has been featured in many publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, and Sunset Magazine. My book Portraits of Pregnancy: The Birth of a Mother taught me not to give up and to believe in myself. I have been called a pioneer and I am grateful for all the coverage, but what I am the most proud of is how the pregnant female form is being recognized as beautiful and is being photographed, daily around the world, and that my work recently hung in a museum of contemporary art in Italy.
Salvador – Head of Security
Salvador is an 13 year-old flat-coat retriever. Born in Seattle and rescued from the animal shelter by Jennifer, Sal overcame his childhood memories of abuse to connect with his passion – tennis balls and swimming. He prides himself on being able to find a tennis ball anywhere and being about to swim far out in the lake for hours in any weather. He earned the title, Head of Security, because he does defend Jennifer and her studio with a deep bark or growl when he sees or hears anything suspicious. He has been an advisor and life coach of Jennifer’s for 9 years and constantly reminds her that she needs to go to the park.