Many of you may have seen some of her fabulous images throughout our site. Jennifer Carver of Jen Carver Photography, has enthralled me with her photography style. She manages to capture children in their natural character with such vivid expressions and enchanting poses. Jennifer , an award winning photographer, has a background in commercial photography and specializes in professional child portraits. I have really enjoyed working with Jennifer over the last year, and have gotten to know her as a thoughtful, kind and extremely talented woman. With the use of natural light, her wonderful choice of landscapes and vintage surroundings Jen creates imagery that is amazing. You will see by our interview, she truly loves her career in the art of Photography.
A few questions for Jennifer:
1. If you could choose to photograph any time period using the technology of today, when would that era be and why?
Gosh. There are so many different era’s that I would love to photograph, but if I had to choose one it would probably be the 18th century, preferably the early years! I am just addicted to vintage inspired anything!! I love how the colors were so soft and delicate and the fabrics were of such fine quality. It was such a period of change.. that photographing the people during that time frame to me would be so fascinating.. It was such a time for change in the fashion world as well as people were looking for comfort factor as well as style. I really think this era still influences the fashion world today! I also see lots of parallels between kids of that era and kids of today.
2. What was your most memorable photo shoot and why?
My most memorable sessions are certainly with my girls. Sometimes they are planned often times they are not.. but too see them grow and change through the lens of my camera is just a gift that is unmeasurable.
3. What is your favorite saying?
”When one door closes another door opens, but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” ~ Alexander Graham Bell.
4. When you look back ,what do you consider to be the most important moment in your career?
Probably the day I purchased my first camera. Something came over me that day… I remember contacting and old Commercial Photographer that I had worked with and asked him to review some of my work to see if he saw any potential.. and when his response was positive..without a second of hesitation I literally hung up the phone and purchased a new camera, software, the works without consulting my husband , family, friends…. Something inside me took over and I just went for it, without any hesitation and fear. That has pretty much been my approach to photography ever since! It was like falling in love.. and taking a leap of faith. Now I can’t imagine my life without it.
5. What tips would you give people on how to balance work with life?
I’m not sure I should be giving any tips in this department! I admit, I am not the best at balancing… it is so difficult to balance when you have a passion for something.. but seeing my kids suffer a bit from my time in front of the computer over the past seasons forced me to realize what is really important, and to make some changes. I decided to put together a long term plan and really determine where my strengths were as a photographer and what i enjoyed the most. With that, came some tough decisions, but decisions that opened up lots of new possibilities … I no longer photograph newborns or family sessions. I am focusing my work on children 1 and up, as well as commercial projects. I also really enjoy teaching other photographers. So this year I launched “The Workshop” where I will be traveling to different cities teaching other photographers everything from marketing, styling and processing and we will go on location to shoot… With these new changes, I will be doing limited client sessions so that I am able to manage my time more efficiently and be present in my family life.
6. When and why did you choose to become a photographer?
In a sense I think Photography chose me! I worked alongside photographers for about 18 years as a Marketing/Art Director never thinking to step behind the camera myself at least a professional one.. It wasn’t until after I left the commercial Industry and had my two girls that I looked at photography in a whole new light.. Although I had documented the better part of my life through the years, it had new meaning when I started photographing my girls…I was so inspired by them and didn’t want to miss capturing one second of their little lives. From there it has turned into so much more… through Photography I have met so many wonderful people and developed so many friendships. It has been a life changing experience. I could kick myself all of those years for not doing it back then, when I was working with such incredible talent, and had more time …but I realize everything happens for a reason.. you go through this path in life not knowing what door will open next.. it has been such a wonderful adventure so far!
Thank you Jennifer!