Fifteen years ago I took my first university-level photography course. It was darkroom film photography, and after a week I was hooked. I later got a digital SLR camera and learned Photoshop. I fell in love with the red glow of the darkroom, and the magic of images revealing themselves in the light-sensitive paper.
I had a few photography gigs during my university years that helped me buy some photography equipment, but I quickly became busy with my teaching practicums. After making it through six long years of post-secondary I became a BC Certified Art teacher.
My first real teaching contract was building a photography program from the ground up. Since then I've taught thousands of students how to take photos.
In the last four years I've had two beautiful children, and while I'm still teaching here and there, I needed to do something creative and challenging for myself.
I absolutely love taking photos, and working with children is my passion. I'm patient, like to have fun and try to make the seemingly daunting task of having family photos as easy and painless as possible. I have kids - I get it. Seriously, I'm here for you.
Let's make it happen for you and your littles, and give your family pictures to gush over!
Before my children I couldn't seem to keep a plant alive. This worried my husband terribly (ha!), but a magical thing happened after my first daughter was born. I became obsessed with plants and I've even rooted three avocado seeds. My home now has over 20 plants and I planted my first full garden during the summer of 2020. We had everything you could think of from watermelons (teeny-tiny, but I it was a success in my mind!), to heirloom snap peas, to corn and more zucchini then I knew what to do with. I love having greenery in my photos and outdoor is my favourite place to take photos.
My cat Stella came home with my husband when he finished his three months of paternity leave after my oldest was born. She loves her girls. She sees us off to school in the morning, greets us at the door when we come home, and even walks with us around the neighbourhood like a puppy. When I edit at night she hops in my lap and keeps me company. Every once in a while my little ones will join me for a little late night one-on-one time and those are my favourite moments. Stella gets grumpy when the girls take her spot, but I don't mind!
When looking for the perfect boho-style editing chair I went through four chairs before I finally settled on a vintage high-back chair. I have two benches for photography, and I'm always on Facebook Market Place looking for new ones! I have more art supplies then most art rooms, and vintage cameras always seem to make there way to me (not that I complain). My photographer friends make fun of me for my chair obsession. I have a vintage rattan table that looks similar to one my Nana had in her apartment from when I was a child. It makes me feel so nostalgic and happy. Plus, my plants look so pretty on it!
My two favourite things (besides my two mini-me's) are my two brand new Nikon D750 cameras (yes I have two!) and my 85mm, 50mm, 35mm, and 24-70mm lenses. I'm left handed, and love to paint and draw. The only thing I wanted to be when I was growing up was a photographer and artist. I love making play dough with my kids, watching them get covered in paint, and building forts in the living room. My Nana and Mom keep me focused and taught me the value of hard work. I do everything with passion and great care. I do what I love and do it with my whole heart.
"We had Jenn for our first couple photography session and I can’t say enough good things about her! I’m very awkward in front of the camera, but she made sure I felt relaxed and comfortable, her instructions were so easy to follow. She’s not only a professional, reliable photographer but a genuinely nice, fun person. Our pictures turned out beautiful, love her natural editing style. I’ll definitely hire her in the future for our engagement and wedding pictures."
~Henrietta, Makeup Aristist and Tiktok Rockstar
I’ve had Jenn on multiple occasions for photography in my Medi Spa, not only was she sweet and engaging, the quality of her work is unbelievable! I will continue to call on Jenn anytime we need work or family photos done! Highly recommend Family Archive! Thank you so much!
~Harmony, Mom and Business Owner
"My partner and I had a shoot with Jenn a few weekends ago and it was perfect! Before we even had the shoot her communication was outstanding, she gave us great outfit guidelines which had an amazing impact on our photos. (Seriously, take the wardrobe advice - it'll make all the difference!). The gallery for receiving and viewing our photos was also excellent, easy to maneuver and order from. She was vibrant, attentive and had a keen eye for details. Highly recommend!
~Amanda, Hopelessly In Love
“Jenn is seriously the best at what she does! She has taken our photos two years in a row now and it is something that we all look forward to - even my hubby. She has a way of making you feel relaxed in front of the camera so it's like you're having a visit with a great friend but you get some awesome photos out of the deal. I would recommend Jenn 100 times over to anybody and look forward to seeing her passion grow!”
~Melissa, Returning Client
I had my photos done by Jenn and she has amazing passion and energy for what she does. I had a few shoots with her already because I love her work and the experience so much. Each time she brings her all! I am shy at times around the camera but she just makes me feel so confident. Her photos and editing are beautiful. Thank you so much Jenn!
~Lily, Makeup Artist and Model
We had our engagement photos done with Jenn and it was an amazing experience! Though we are both quite unphotogenic, she was very communicative and put us at ease. A very professional and skilled photographer! Our photos turned out incredible and it is all thanks to her! Would highly recommend Family Archive Photography for all of your photoshoot needs!
~Victoria, Teacher and Newly Engaged
Jenn is seriously the best at what she does! She has taken our photos two years in a row now and it is something that we all look forward to - even my hubby. She has a way of making you feel relaxed in front of the camera so it's like you're having a visit with a great friend but you get some awesome photos out of the deal. I would recommend Jenn 100 times over to anybody and look forward to seeing her passion grow!
~Melissa, Returning Client
I hired Jennifer photograph for some headshots. Not only did she do an amazing job, she made the whole process simple.I was a little nervous for the shoot, as the pictures meant a lot to me. The best thing she did was simplify things for me and allow me to be relaxed. Jennifer coached me through the whole process and even had some suggestions to help me be myself for the photos. It helped, and it showed in the end results. It was very convenient to book a time with her and she also had a few different options for locations where we could do the shoot. I highly recommend Family Archive.
~Jat Makkar, Mortgage Broker
Hey! I'm so excited to chat about your special event! Are you looking for family photos? Are you engaged?! Are you looking for a strong branding message? Tell me all the details and I can get back to you within 24-48 hours via phone or email. Can't wait to chat!!!
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