Fascinated with creating a narrative with light, composition, and texture.
Jena Carlin is a freelance commercial and editorial photographer, videographer, and cookbook author with nearly ten years of experience. After receiving her BFA in painting (with a minor in photography), she dedicated herself to storytelling through the medium of photography. While food photography is her specialty, she is also passionate about lifestyle, product, and fashion photography.
She regularly executes photo shoots from conceptualization and art direction to final imagery. Jena is also an experienced set stylist with a unique eye for building a scene. Her background in art has led to work painting room sets and textured surfaces and backgrounds for her many clients. This dedication to the whole process has led to many exciting clients including Kohls, Reader’s Digest, Maurice’s, and Martha Stewart where her work has been published nationally.
Jena operates out of her photography studio, a 3,500 sq ft historic building in charming Auburndale, WI, perfectly situated between the Midwestern hubs of Chicago and Minneapolis. With plenty of open space for diverse photography and events, a kitchen for food styling and cooking, and the prop storage of any stylist’s dreams, the studio is the perfect fit for both hosting clients and completing work remotely.
Jena works primarily by capturing the client’s envisioned hero image first, and then quickly expounding on it through exploration of light and perspective. The result is a full library of images in beautiful vignettes perfect for telling the story of your brand in many avenues, especially the ever-important world of social media.
Thank you for taking the time to learn a little bit about Jena, her style and process.