This post is a little different for us here at Lustnation, mainly because we've known Jenna for sometime now. We've had the pleasure of watching her grow from second shooting and assisting shoots to producing her own full shoot. It's great to see friends grow in their work and we've decided to shed a little light on who this woman is.
When did you discover your passion for photography?
I always remember playing with disposable cameras when I was young and obsessed with looking at my parents old photo albums it brought some sort of wonder and comfort. When I was in high school my dad gave me his 35mm Pentax camera and my friend Amy and I took a photography class at the jr college in the evening. we would ditch the second half of the class most of the time and drive with the windows down listening to oldies through the windy forest roads home. After my dad gave me that camera and I started shooting I have never been able to give it up no matter where I am in life, it will always be a part of me and I will always have to shoot and create.
Where do you call home and how does your environment inspire you?
Right now I call Oakland home, I am always thinking of where I want to be next. New places and change are a huge inspiration to me. I love that there are so many places to have a quick get away in the bay and I love being so close to the foggy ocean. I prefer my weather to bit more on the moody side, which makes the bay a pretty compatible place for me to be.
Who inspires you?
Allister Ann, her film work and the way she captures people in such a unique and real way has always captivated me.
Film or digital?
Both, film will always be my favorite. It’s what I learned on and it’s what I love. It has a color and a feel that digital just can’t touch.
How would you describe your style?
I would say my style is simplicity with a bold outcome.
What have you learned from when you first started taking photographs?
That you have to be passionate about what you are creating for it to mean something and for it to feel worthy of your time.
What type of cameras do you shoot with?
I shoot with the canon ae-1, mamiya 345e, canon 5d mark iii and lately I have been shooting a lot with a point and shoot 35mm minolta.
What is your favorite photography accessory besides your camera?
My "ona" leather capri camera bag
Where is your dream shoot location and why?
Somewhere covered in fog or over grown greenery. it possibly could be Ireland, it has always been a destination I wanted to travel to.
How do you make people feel comfortable in front of the camera?
I want people to be able to feel comfortable and themselves at the same time letting them be who they truly want to be. I want them to feel free and liberated to express how they are feeling through their body and expressions. i like to know them or get to know them and talk to them as we shoot so they can feel comfortable. I like there to be movement so I always tell them they don’t have to stay still i want them to keep moving.
Exactly what is it you want to say with your photographs?
I want to be able to evoke emotion. I want the viewer to be able to feel something. I want it to be pretty, captivating and real. I want them to create a desire for more.
Where do you see yourself in photography in 5 years?
I would like to be traveling more for work. shooting more film than digital. I would like to work with more small clothing companies that are ethically minded and very taylored to a simple specific style. shooting look-books and campaigns for them. I have also always wanted to travel on tour with a band and capture life on the road and the live shows. I feel there is a lot of life to be captured on tour from the highs to the lows of day to day life in such a fast paced time.
It's great to see friends grow in their work and we've decided to shed a little light on who this woman is.