Friend & Photographer of the Week | Jen Snyder

July 10, 2011

Check out Jen Snyder of Jen Snyder Photography located in Harford County, MD. Take a look at her talent on her website and her blog. You can also see her current work on her facebook page or blog.

This Week’s Featured Image…

Orange County Baby Photographer

10 Questions For Jen Snyder….
About the image…

1) Why do you love this image?
This was from my son’s 1st birthday shoot. At the time I left our session feeling really disappointed because neither of my kids was being cooperative and it really got me down. I didn’t think I had any success. I wouldn’t even pull the photos off the memory card for a few days. I was pleasantly surprised at what I saw! This one is my favorite of the bunch. I just love the way they are looking at each other, the way the light is wrapping around their faces. My daughter was leaning forward getting ready to tickle him and I can just feel her mischievous giggle.

2) What were your settings with this image?
I used my 24-70 on my D700, ISO 500, 1/250, f2.8

About Photography…

3) Are you formally educated or a self taught photographer?
A little bit of both. I have a bachelor’s in Photographic Arts, but it dealt with B&W darkroom printing. The transition to digital was self taught and it was really hard on me. I had to learn all over again.

4) A good portrait means ….
An image that takes your breath away when you see it. It freezes time, so you will always be able to go back and remember the particular look in your daughter’s eyes when she looks at you, the way your son’s entire face lights up with his belly laugh, the fat rolls on your baby. It’s not just a recording of what you look like, but it also memorializes your love for each other.

5) Your favorite female photographer.

Annie Leibovitz. Sally Mann. Connie Imboden.

6) How do you juggle photography business and family and the rest of your life?
I take on a very limited number of sessions each month while my children are young.

7) Do you have happy and depressed moments during your creative cycle?
I think that’s part of working in a creative field– you are either on top of the world or you think you are the scum of the earth. It just sort of goes with the territory.

8 )Tell me about your ideal client.
They trust me, follow my clothing advice, and act like I’m not even there when we shoot. The family is just so into each other that they laugh, snuggle and play without concerning themselves with what I’m doing. People not necessarily worried about everyone looking at the camera, but instead wanting portraits of everyone loving on everyone else.

9) What is the one thing that you tell every client?
Be yourself!

10) Do you have a phrase that you always use during your shoots?
Snuggle Up!

Next week I’ll be featuring Laura Morita of Laura Morita Photography! She is awesome…she’s got talent, a heart of gold and she’s crazy funny!!! Please check out her work on her website and facebook page. She’s located in the Bay Area!


One newborn image that I took….I love this shot.

Newborn photographer

If you are looking for a local Orange County newborn, baby or maternity photographer please visit my website to see my gallery full of newborn portraiture!

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