June 25, 2013

Another Fantastic Transformation -- Let YOUrself SHINE Through Jen's Lens!

Dayton and Cincinnati, OH Photographer - Portrait / Glamour / Headshot

I had a great time meeting "S" and helping to change the way she looks at herself.  After this session, I think she just might let her down more often!  

Thanks to Stephanie McNama for a fantastic job on hair and MUA!

May 16, 2013

Father's Day is a great time to schedule a family session!

Dayton and Cincinnati, OH portrait photographer

April 26, 2013

Life Lesson #23

Dayton/Cincinnati, OH portrait & event photographer

So...I was at my nephew's recital last Sunday.  (He is a college grad who is now part of an opera company in FL. And, he'll be leaving for Italy (again) soon to perform in La Boheme.  Needless to say, the fam is pretty proud of him.)  

Anyway,...I packed up my camera, 3 lenses, a monopod, & my flash.  I scoped out and saved a good photo-taking seat when I arrived at the venue.  I proudly pulled out my camera, only to discover that I'd forgotten my CF card...AND my backup CF card.  The videographer didn't know what a CF card was (???), so he couldn't loan me one.  No one else understood that I couldn't use an SD card.  It seemed hopeless.

Normally, I'd rather die than choose my iPhone over my DSLR, but it sounded pretty good at that moment.  Problem? I'd left it at home...next to the CF card--ha!  I realized I had absolutely NO way to take pictures OR video of this special event.

I pouted all evening about this...and if you're a photographer, you know exactly how I felt.  Not being able to capture that nearly killed my soul.

After the performance (and everyone telling me, "It's okay, Jen.  We understand that you tried your best."), we got in our car to drive the 45 minutes home.  

You know what was in the back seat?  My kids' TWO iPADS!  I asked my kids why they hadn't suggested the iPads when they saw me scurrying trying to find a way to take photos.  Their response? "Mom, you don't like photos taken with anything other than your nice camera!  We didn't want to insult you."

I'm not sure what the lesson in this is, but I'm guessing it has something to do with not being a camera snob and the importance of enjoying the what is, rather than stressing about the what could have been.

#the humbled photog

April 18, 2013

Spring is in full swing!  

Dayton / Cincinnati, Ohio Child Photographer

I had such a good time shooting this tea party session last summer.  And, I really want to do it again!  Want to come have some fun???  Table, tablecloth and dishes all provided.  And, all are vintage!  Bring your own cupcakes, cookies or friends.


April 8, 2013

Check your mailbox!

This mailer will be going out this week.  If you're not on my mailing list, you should be!  Just send your address to jennifer@throughjenslens.com or fill out a contact form here: 

April 6, 2013

Amazing Before and After shots!

Springboro / Dayton / Cincinnati Portrait Photographer

I am loving this Before & After from today's session.  Stephanie is a hair and make-up artist (and a proud Mary Kay rep).  She did her own hair and make-up for this session, but not before I got a Before shot of her.  Thank you, Stephanie, for letting me do this!  What a difference hair, make-up and a good photographer can make!