Hi, I’m Jenn, a wedding, event and portrait photographer based in Lima, Peru. I am terrible at autobiographies so here are 20 random things about me.
1. I grew up primarily in South Florida (Miami up to Palm Beach) and spent my summers in Perrysburg, Ohio (a small town just outside of Toledo). I am thankful that I got to grow up experiencing the glitz, glam & cultural diversity in Florida as well as the small town charm & values in Ohio. I consider them both home.
2. I love to cook! I grew up in restaurants and have many chef’s in my family. I am not great at following recipes but I love using them as inspiration to create new dishes in the kitchen.
3. I love dancing at wedding receptions (see picture below).
4. My favorite television shows are: The Walking Dead, Pretty Little Liars, Orange is the New Black, Orphan Black, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Vikings & The Blacklist.
5. I love mid-afternoon thunderstorms in Florida.
6. I attended Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio where I studied Photography. I was originally placed in the Fine Art program. Eventually I realized that program was not for me and I was granted permission to create my own Major. Technically, I graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Art in “Visual Photographic Studies” with a minor in Fine Art. I was able to pick the courses that I thought would best fit with my vision. Other than photography courses, I filled my last 2 years of school with many psychology, literature & popular culture classes.
7. There is nothing better than a warm, cozy hooded sweatshirt.
8. After shooting my first roll of film in 10th grade I knew there was nothing else in life that I wanted to be other than a photographer.
9. In addition to photography I am also a writer, currently working on my second novel.
10. I always thought I hated beer until I met my husband who was able to educate me on the wonderful world of brewing. We love to visit small breweries and taverns/pubs. I still favor cider over beer.
11. I have a very eclectic taste in music, if it moves me or makes me move I dig it! Deftones are my all time favorite.
12. The first time I dyed my hair with Manic Panic hair dye (9th grade) I did not read the instructions because I was so excited to try the new shade of magenta I found. I mistakenly thought it was just like the boxed temporary hair dye from the drug store. I got into the shower to wash it out and noticed the entire shower was turning Magenta!! I then realized that my entire body was also purple. I scrubbed and scrubbed and nothing worked. Eventually I turned off the water and sat in the bathtub sobbing. Eventually my dad, his girlfriend and their 2 friends came into the bathroom. That night we tried everything from making me sit in the chlorinated pool to scrubbing me down with turpentine, nothing worked. My teeth were even magenta. From then on if I wanted to use Manic Panic hair dye my dad would get out the rubber gloves, lawn chair & a hose and do it for me in the front yard.
13. My husband and I met playing World of Warcraft where we both played Tauren Druids. I played it from the day it launched in 2004 until the birth of my son in 2010. For The Horde!!
14. My mom taught aerobics in the mid 80’s (yes, you remember, legwarmers, sweatbands & neon leotards) and there was nothing I loved more as a kid than putting on her work out gear and dancing around our apartment to the Flash Dance Soundtrack. At one point she actually worked for Richard Simmons.
15. Tea is my drink of choice (hot or cold).
16. Having lived with three guys from South Eastern Pennsylvania I have discovered the following things: Scrapple, Rita’s Water Ice, WaWa, Cheese Steaks (you can get an amazing one locally at the Philadelphia Tavern in Manassas), Yuengling, Victory, The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, Soft Pretzles, Penn State & Wildwood, NJ.
17. My friends say I have an exceptional memory and an infectious smile.
18. My favorite type of food is Cuban.
19. At 5‘4” I am taller than my mother and both of her parents.
20. When I was 7, I fell off my bike and slid over a few feet of asphalt face down. I broke my arm and scraped a good portion of skin off of my face. It never left a scar, but I also never got on a bike again. 29 years later, it is something I finally think I could try again.