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About Me

About Me

Genuinely fascinated in creating a narrative with light, composition, and texture...

I am a self-employed commercial and editorial photographer, videographer and cookbook author with over nine years of experience.  After receiving my BFA in painting  (with a minor in photography), I decided to pursue storytelling through the medium of photography.  Throughout my journey I've had the honor of being part of numerous creative collaborations. This has allowed me to be published nationally and to execute a photo shoot from conceptualization and art direction to final imagery. Food photography is my specialty, followed closely by lifestyle, product and fashion.

A photo shoot with Jena Carlin Photography consists of a passionately skilled team with the desire to deliver an exceptional product. 

Here are a few skills that set me apart from other photographers:

My approach to photography is nailing the first incredible, but in some cases "safe" image, like in any photoshoot you may have been in. Then, I quickly gather a collection of angles, tweaking light and objects as we move around the set. In some cases these images become the hero and that first image we created becomes second best. My team allows time and creativity to improve upon incredible. I have found these extra vignettes of product or mood to be extremely valuable to my clients, especially with the need to promote on social media and for those who want to build a library of images. I believe that investigating other angles can lead to more intriguing and unpredictable hero images while at the same time create a story of supporting images. This will add value to each photoshoot by being able to portray your brand to consumers in various ways.

Secondly, I am a professional artist and have been painting unique sets for over a decade. Specializing in room sets for Taste of Home, Lauren Conrad, JLo, and Kohls to textured surfaces and backgrounds for all of my tabletop clients, I have you covered.

Thank you for taking the time to learn a little bit about me, my style, and process. Continuously stay up to date with my creations by following:



(All photography, art direction and set styling is produced or co-produced by me unless otherwise indicated.)