She Saw Things » Real Life. Crazy Love.

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

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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!

  • Justine B Photography | april 10 on 10January 19, 2015 - 1:54 pm

    […] you to everyone who arrived here from Jen Downer at She Saw Things Photography.  Make sure to head around the blog circle by clicking on the link at the bottom of this […]

Welcome back! Ahhhhh, I happy to see February in the rear view mirror, and the days are zipping by toward my 42nd birthday coming up on the 1st day of Spring! This past month has been about being cozy at home with a few excursions out to the woods.

Did you come my way via the lovely Lindsay Bergstrom today? Welcome!


Thanks so much for stopping in! Click on over to see what magic Bethany Petrik has for us this month.

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  • staceyMarch 10, 2014 - 12:32 pm

    These just ooze March to me. Love them.

  • Bethany PetrikMarch 10, 2014 - 4:18 pm

    These are fabulous portraits, Jen! Definitely cozy. The river shot and the plants are spectacular.

  • Breanna PetersonMarch 10, 2014 - 6:01 pm

    You make art out of every day reality, so good! (& happy almost birthday! )

  • Ali DeckMarch 10, 2014 - 6:54 pm

    Love these Jen!! You make beautiful art my friend. xo

  • Kristin HallakMarch 10, 2014 - 9:30 pm

    I love your eye. I know I have said it before but I will say it again… You have such a fun way of capturing life. I bet your kids have probably one of the coolest moms on the block. Be jealous other kids… be jealous. 😉 But seriously love your work and the motion in the first frame = exceptional.

  • Heather Lindsey RobinsonMarch 11, 2014 - 1:23 am

    I saw these this morning but felt like I needed to come back and take another look before I commented. You see when I look at your photographs, I feel like each and every one is a treasure. I feel like I can not possibly chose the right words to adequately describe how special they are. So, I will just end here.

  • Annie OtzenMarch 12, 2014 - 3:42 am

    uggg…your photos make me miss the Pacific North West so much! #2 and #3 are just stunning. Your kids seem so fun and someday I hope to meet your beautiful family too:)

  • Ginger Ingley UnzuetaMarch 12, 2014 - 1:54 pm

    Jen, I am so glad I saw this link. I love seeing into the world of others. Your life, your loves, your location. It all comes together in this unique and fascinating way for me. Something about that third And the fog and the forest. I rarely see fog and it is mystical to me…love it. And the last one. Oh, goodness…you have a wonderful eye.

  • alana rasbachApril 10, 2014 - 8:12 pm

    Um, I love everyone of these images. I just really really like your work. Succulents/plants?! Amazing. And the first image – is that a lensbaby shot? Each image here is stand alone.