Hey hey! I'm Jennifer!  I believe in sandy feet, salty hair and celebrating each moment.  I'm a Virginia Beach local always looking for adventure alongside my awesome hubby, Forrest. You'll usually find us outside, chasing waves, climbing mountains, gardening, swimming, or doing just about anything other than sitting still.  But don't get me wrong, I also love laying on the beach with my Kindle in my hand, engrossed in the latest bestseller.  I bake bread, brew beer, and shower my friends and family with love by way of a home cooked meal.  

My love of the outdoors has strongly influenced my photography. My favorite subjects are the overlooked details which surround us every day. I create images depicting simple pleasures as I see them in my mind, showing natural beauty that might otherwise be forgotten.  I'm drawn to color and light, each the brighter the better!  Someone once described my art as a motivational poster, uplifting and lighthearted, leaving the viewer filled with hope.  I couldn't have asked for a better illustration of my goal when I create photographs.

As a mostly self-taught photographer who struggled for years to learn how to create a photograph rather than take a photograph, I learned the long and hard way the value of getting help from a good teacher.  I offer tailored photography lessons for beginner and intermediate photographers covering a variety of topics from camera basics to in field shooting.  And for those photographers looking to advance their creativity in a more intimate setting, I host The Saltwater Retreat, a women's photography retreat on the Outer Banks of North Carolina full of photography education, motivation, and inspiration.

In addition to my love of fine art nature photography, I create unique portrait sessions specializing in showcasing your family in the beauty of our natural area. A portrait session with me will be as simple and fun as a relaxed evening on the beach. 

I love the sun; particularly rising or setting over the ocean. I love backyard birding and long walks outside.  I love swimming in the ocean, the salt stinging my skin.  I love to hike to the furthest trail because it has the best view.  I love a home cooked meal, eaten on your lap and followed with a bowl of fresh churned gelato. I love a cold rosé on a hot summer day or a craft beer by the campfire.  I love long dinners with friends and family, followed by a board game paired with a bottle of wine.  I'm a casual girl, often spotted around Virginia Beach with the top down on my Jeep, wild, tangled hair tucked under a ball cap, my flip flops discarded on the floorboard under my sandy feet. I'm never happier than when I'm staring at a beautiful view. And I'm up for almost anything, as long as I can carry my camera.

“It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine.”

~ Eeyore


My Gear

Nikon d750Nikkor 35 f1.8Nikkor 85 f1.8Nikkor 24-70 f2.8Lensbaby Edge 50 & Edge 80Helios 44-2 58 f2.0 
Sony a9 •  Sony 16-35 f4Sony 24-70 f2.8Sony 70-200 f4 • Sony 35 f1.4 • Sony 90 macro f2.8 • Sony RX100 Miii  
Lee Filter SystemB+W XS Pro PolarizerSirui Carbon Fiber TripodCamDive Underwater Housing  • Peak Design SlideLite Camera Strap • Peak Design Slide Camera Strap • Peak Design Everyday Sling Bag • Mindshift Backlight Backpack • Ona Capri


I love to chat about photography!  

Shoot me a message if you have questions or would just like to spend some time discussing photography.

Exhibitions

Compelling Images, D'Art Center, Norfolk, VA (2017)
The Voice Gallery, Click Away, Seattle, WA (2016)
In the Moment: The Climb The Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, VT (2016)
Solo Exhibit:Norfolk Botanical Gardens Artist Gallery, Norfolk, VA (2016)
Solo Exhibit: Bayside Library Art Gallery, Virginia Beach, VA (2016)
Solo Exhibit: Shorelines Central Library Art Gallery, Virginia Beach, VA (2015)
Botanical Musings: Winter Wonderland Kaviar Forge and Gallery, Lousiville, KY (2015)
Far Away Places: Watching the Break The Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, VT (2014)

Print Publications

Avon Harbor, Our State Magazine (May 2016)
Virginia Beach Travel Guide, Interval World Magazine (Summer 2016)
Seascapes, One Twenty-Five Magazine (April 2015)
Beach Bound, Click Magazine (July 2014)
Return to Bodie Island Lighthouse, Our State Magazine (March 2014 )
Cover Photograph, Hi-Noble Magazine (September 2007)

Awards

Finalist, The Voice Collection (2016)
Best in Show, Second Place: Bodacious Bazaar and Art Show (2015)
People’s Choice Winner: Watching the Break, Digital Photography Magazine Travel and Scenics Contest (2015)
Special Merit: Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery “Nature” Art Exhibition (2015)

Presentations

Exposing the Details of the Natural World, Click Away (2016)
Growing your Photography Through Personal Projects (2016)
Love the Land: How to Create a More Compelling Landscape Photograph (2015)
An Introduction to Seascape Photography (2014)

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