She Saw Things » Real Life. Crazy Love.

Today my family went out to our friend, Ben’s, farm – Oregon Organic Acres to marvel at his beautiful creatures, and marvel we did. We tromped around in the mud, and had a miraculous little rain break that ended just as we headed out. And it becomes more and more clear that the slow and quiet life in the country is the life for our dear, Sam. Someday I hope we can make that come true!

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I honestly don’t know where to start with sharing the beautiful, tender love story of Nick & Anna. It is truly epic.
I met them in person for the first time at a little coffee shop on a rainy Portland day Thanksgiving weekend 2015. As with any meeting of people you’ve known only on the internet, I was full of nervous butterflies. Would the same connection exist in person as we had found through words and photos on the screen??? As soon as we met those fears subsided, as I was completely awash in the wonder of witnessing their big, effervescent love. It had the giddiness and rightness that reminded me a lot of when I fell fast and madly in love with Rob. It felt electric and warm and made me smile big.

Their love story is no ordinary love story. It is like a wonderful ride – magical, fast moving with lots of turns and twists. You can read more about it in this wonderful blog post over on Yes and Yes. At the time of our photo session, Nick & Anna were newly engaged and gearing up for Anna to make a big move with her daughter to Canada to become one big family with Nick and his 4 kiddos.

Also at the time of our session, Nick was living as a woman. It feels tender to bring this detail into this story because honestly this session had nothing to do with gender and everything to do with LOVE and lust and spirit and connection and joy. But after chatting a bit with Nick I decided to talk about it. Because, in his words “I feel like most things in my life are about gender. I’m cool with that. The way the world feels right now, telling my story, showing people love, its all I can do. Its how I can make a difference.” And I agree… the world needs to see Trans people living and loving. Trans people need to see happy trans people. You can read more about Nick’s transition here on his blog, The Very Best Man.

Love is love is love is love, my friends. And wish for each and every one of us to feel the kind of passionate connection that these two have at some point in our lives!


You can see more of Nick and Anna and their big amazing blended family over on my pal Tara Whitney’s blog, and my other pal Dana Pugh photographed their beautiful wedding.

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I’m really excited to announce my 2015 California Road Trip sessions! We are going to get to see so many awesome people and places, and along the way it would be such a honor and pleasure to photograph YOUR FAMILY!

If you are interested in hosting a mini session event in any of the areas listed, let’s chat about it! (there will be a sweet discount for anyone who hosts!)

Please contact me via the contact form to discuss the possibilities.

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I have dreamed of having a floral half sleeve done by Alice Kendall of Wonderland Tattoo for at least 6 years… and in September we finally made it happen. I love it so much, and am so tickled that my incredibly talented friend Katy Tuttle was able to photograph it for me!!!


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  • Tonya DoughtyNovember 20, 2014 - 3:08 am

    So beautiful, Jen! Classic, but cheeky, expressive, but coy (that mysterious posing in the trees is too!) Suits you perfectly!

  • Elizabeth PelletteNovember 20, 2014 - 3:10 am

    that is gorgeous.

  • Dina Divya ZuccaroNovember 20, 2014 - 5:59 pm

    Oh JEN! Stunningly beautiful! Truly splendid artistry with lovely colors, great depth, and pleasing balance. I could stare and stare…

  • Emily pelletierDecember 19, 2014 - 9:42 pm

    Ohhhhh my gosh! This is emily, mama of Hazel! We met you at Harlow and saw you again today in Sellwood. If today wasn’t enough of a sign… Alice Kendall is one of my best friends!!!!! I have a dandelion on my forearm from her 🙂 small small beautiful town we live in. I’ll be in touch after the new year about taking photos with you!

  • John WaireMay 13, 2015 - 7:13 pm

    …THAT rocks!!!