get to know jenn

Here are some fun facts about me

• I have an English degree but throughout my adult life, I rarely read. Until last year, when I got a Kobo. In 2020 I challenged myself to read 15 books and I ended up reading 18. This year my goal is 20!

• I hate to cook. To me, it’s a chore and just means there will be a mess for me to clean up afterward.

• I could watch Friends every day all day and never get bored. If the opportunity arises, I will probably quote it.

• I’m a digital hoarder. I just can’t bring myself to delete photos or files from my computer. Seriously, I have templates from my first year in business still saved, and several backup drives. At least my clients will never have to worry about their photos being deleted forever!

• I’m a Girl Guide leader and the first unit I was with called me “Snappy Owl”. I love working with kids, and I also work part time at EnrichKids after school centre.

• Things that make me happy: alpacas, antique quilts, abandoned buildings, dance parties with my girls, essential oils, my one cup of coffee in the morning, poutine, pineapple on pizza and summer thunderstorms.

The basics

I have two little girls who make me so happy and drive me so crazy (if you’re a mom, you get it right?) Sofia is 10 and Grace is 7. I’m married to a guy who moved across the country for me and cooks for me, so I think he’s a keeper.

I started out in Newfoundland and somehow ended up in the Saskatchewan prairies for 11 years. Now I’m back in New Brunswick, where 20 years ago, I spent four years at STU learning to be a journalist. Why the heck did I come back, you ask? I missed the east coast. I missed the ocean, the trees, the people. My roots. My heart has never left Atlantic Canada. It will always be home to me.

I learned a lot in my time out west. I turned from writing to photography, learned how to start and run a business, shot everything from studio sessions, head shots, newborns, grads and weddings, before finally discovering that my heart is in storytelling photography.

I started my photography business in 2011 and it has evolved from studio to weddings to a love for documentary photography.

I want you to be comfortable opening up to me as we start working together, so I’m going to do the same for you. Here are some things about me you should know.

0 the number of years I have been in business (started out as Jennifer Blake Photography in 2011)
0 client's I've photographed - families, couples, grads, weddings, newborns, events, headshots, cake smashes and more!
0 the provinces I have worked in. Saskatchewan, Alberta, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Nova Scotia.
0 the minimum number of images in each client gallery. i'm a self-proclaimed over shooter and #sorrynotsorry
0 how many times during a session I will tell you to stop looking at the camera and look at each other
why blueberry hill?

why blueberry hill?

I lived in the same house for 17 years. Our backyard was amazing, full of big old trees and places to explore. And pick blueberries. It's one of my fondest memories of time spent with my dad, who also happens to be my biggest inspiration and the reason I believe I love photography. My dad passed away in the fall of 2016. He's buried up on Blueberry Hill in our hometown. It just felt fitting to name my business after something that has so much meaning to me. When I was a kid, my parents took a lot of pictures. I can see my dad with his camera around his neck, and I can hear myself saying "daddy take a picture of me!" I'm so glad he did.

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