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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!!!

Its official. My inconsistent blogger status. Don’t hold it against me, eh?

One warm, no HOT, summer evening, I got to photograph some of my favorite smart, powerful, creative, beautiful young ladies. These guys are my girl’s best friends, and I absolutely adore them. So much.

girlies-4409girlies-4119-2storyboard009storyboard010storyboard011girlies-4195girlies-4234girlies-4391storyboard012girlies-4284Now head on over to the fantastic Stacey Montgomery‘s post for this month… and be sure to follow the whole beautiful circle. (hint: we photographers LOVE feedback and comments. Leave a little love, wouldya?)



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  • […] sure to continue the circle with Jen (she saw things) down in Portland- her images floor me, […]

  • staceySeptember 10, 2014 - 4:57 pm

    They are, each one of them, beautiful. Love these.

  • Bob DonovanSeptember 11, 2014 - 9:07 pm

    Wow! Even without grandfather bias they are terrific pix

  • Jenni AleksichSeptember 13, 2014 - 7:21 pm

    Those Donovan young woman sure have grown up into beautiful woman.

This girl. This month’s 10-on-10 is all about this girl who made me a mother. Who is about to graduate from elementary school. Who has one foot in adolescence and the other in little girlhood. Who is strong and tough and sensitive and tender. Who would like to stay a kid forever. Who is growing up too fast…


Head on over to see the amazing Alana Rasbach’s 10 for June! She is so very talented at telling a story in pictures! And thank you to those who came by way of Breanna Peterson! xo

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  • 10 on 10: June | Phood & PhotosJune 9, 2014 - 11:55 pm

    […] the internet.  And, as a reward for scrolling all the way down here, you get to check out what  Jen Downer over at “She Saw Things” has been up to. […]

  • […] Now head south to the incredible Jen Downer in Portland (she kind of big time rocks! over at she saw things) […]

  • Alana RasbachJune 10, 2014 - 8:27 am

    These are excellent. Such a treasure!

  • staceyJune 10, 2014 - 3:53 pm

    She’s beautiful!!

  • Missy DayJune 10, 2014 - 10:58 pm


  • Annie OtzenJune 11, 2014 - 5:20 am

    That second photo from the bottom is stunning! I think she gets more beautiful with every photo you take of her! Love all the different emotions you captured Jen!

  • Katherine HeiseJune 15, 2014 - 10:55 am

    Oh, she is perfection itself. How terribly rude of her to go and grow up on you, though. These images are brilliant.

  • Breanna PetersonJune 22, 2014 - 12:10 am

    Jen, these are incredible. her soul shines through <3

lincolncity-6304lincolncity-6345lincolncity-6350lincolncity-6356lincolncity-6364lincolncity-6378lincolncity-6396lincolncity-6397lincolncity-6403lincolncity-6408Hey there! Happy April! We took a trip out to the Coast for an afternoon over Spring Break… we arrived at the perfect time for an hour or so of a break in the rain. It started pouring just as we got back to the car. Hopped over a few towns and had fish and chips at one of our favorite spots, and then drove home. Sometimes it just takes some fresh ocean air and a pretty drive to reset your perspective a bit.

Welcome to those of you visiting for the first time via the 10-on-10 circle via the enchanting Katy Tuttle! Next up in the circle is Justine Boulin… just wait until you see the beautiful eye candy from her world she has to share!

Big love until next time…


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  • alana rasbachApril 10, 2014 - 8:14 pm

    I can’t figure out why I am so drawn to that first image, but I am. And the hair shot.

  • Missy DayApril 10, 2014 - 9:05 pm

    I love the soft colors of these images— it’s just perfect for the beach shots. And how great is that shot of the hair?!

  • staceyApril 10, 2014 - 9:57 pm

    Your daughter sweatshirt pretty much says it all. Awesome.

  • Kristin HallakApril 11, 2014 - 5:10 am

    These are awesome sauce, just like the shirt says in the last frame. Love seeing what you have to share each month! 😉

  • Annie OtzenApril 13, 2014 - 4:53 am

    The colors and tones in these photo are so great! I can feel that ocean air in all these photos…I love how you captured the wind! I also really love your fam’s walking sticks.

  • TraceyApril 28, 2014 - 2:36 pm

    Those big clouds and blue sky and their colorful sweatshirts. AWESOME. :)

  • Justine BoulinMay 10, 2014 - 1:41 pm

    what a fun adventure and such great photos documenting it! the side profile of your daughter with her hair blowing in teh wind is so good!

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