We had the good fortune of connecting with Jenna Rose and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jenna, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I chose to pursue a creative career in photography because I wanted to find a job that first an foremost made me happy. I wanted to be able to be creative, help others and I wanted to work for myself. I think it incredibly important to love what you do for work, and I knew I would not thrive in a 9 to 5 environment.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My love of photography started in college when I would go on road trips with my girlfriends. I would photograph them and our adventures, and eventually more of my friends began to notice. People started to ask me for headshots and portraits and that is the base of where my photography career started. When I graduated from Kansas State University with a BA in Theatre and Costume Design, I moved to Santa Maria, California for a summer to do an internship with The Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts. When we had free time from the show we were working on, we would drive to Los Angeles and explore the city. After the internship ended in 2008, I moved to Kansas City, Missouri and started working in theatre as a costumer and wig designer. Not long after arriving in Kansas City, I met a photographer who was shooting weddings and asked if I could shoot with him. I quickly fell in love with weddings and threw myself into photography books, online lectures and any source of learning that I could get my hands on. From there, I started to grow my own business shooting weddings, families and portraits in Kansas City. While in Kansas City, I used to look at wedding blogs that were based in Southern California and dream about what it would be like to shooting in LA. The summer and time that I spent in California seemed to be pulling at me. Beaches, deserts, mountains, perfect weather and that amazing golden California light seemed like the perfect place for new photo adventures. In 2013, my husband was offered a job in LA and we decided it would be beneficial to both of us to relocate to Los Angeles. Once we decided to move, I faced the challenge of moving my business and career to LA. I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t easy. Until 2015 I was working in theatre, film and tv as a costumer, and juggling that with building my photography business. I was also flying back and forth from LA to Kansas City to photograph weddings and clients back in the Midwest. I also spent a lot of time when we first moved shooting for other photographers and learning from them. I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had with other photographers because it has really helped me learn more about my shooting style and helped me to learn what I did and didn’t want for my business. Eventually through lots of effort, referrals and marketing I was fortunate enough to be able to only take on photography work. I mainly shoot weddings but also photograph amazing families and portrait clients. Today, I love that my background in costuming and wig design is constantly helping me be able to give my clients better service. From sewing brides into their dresses, fixing hair disasters to removing stains on the ring bearer, I have done it all. I am grateful that weddings allow me to experience so much love, learn about new cultures, religions and traditions and capture memories for my clients and their families. I love what I do, and I wouldn’t change it for anything. I specialize in creating photojournalistic, bright, colorful and timeless images. My goal is to create honest photos that shows the love between my clients and all the quirks that make their relationship special to them. I want my images to be fun, emotional, spontaneous and exactly like my clients. It is also very important to me that my photo editing looks timeless. I try to avoid using editing trends that will date images in five to ten years and opt for a clean and classic look. The love of adventure has always driven my photography and I want to bring that feeling to my images. My approach is very relaxed, I want my clients to be able to forget about being photographed and focus on their connection and how much fun they have together. I believe that what sets me apart from other photographers is that I truly care about my couples and I want them to have the best possible experience. To me, being a good wedding photographer is so much more than just being able to take quality photos. It means being a friend, working really hard, putting people at ease and also making their day as smooth as possible. I will do anything in my power to make sure that my couples are completely taken care of the day of the wedding. Wedding days can be extremely stressful, and I always try my hardest to be a calm and grounded place for my clients. I’m most proud of myself and my business when I hear back from my clients that they loved their images and that they love their experience with me. To me, nothing else means more.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend were coming to stay in LA with me, I would want to spend time at the beach, hiking or checking out museums. Most of my close friends live in the Midwest, so going to the beach is something that they aren’t able to do often. I would also love to take them to some of my favorite restaurants to get Ramen, Pho or pizza. In the past, I’ve taken a few friends to see movies at the Rooftop Movie theatres in DTLA & Hollywood, and that has been really fun. I also love going to Varnish, the speakeasy in Cole’s French Dip in DTLA.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband William has always been incredibly supportive and excited about my work. I appreciate that he pushes me work hard and be grateful for the opportunities that come my way. I’m also very grateful for his help navigating through this year with Covid, and so many postponed and or cancelled weddings. It’s been a hard year for me and a really hard year for my clients and William has been there to help me through all of it. I’m also very grateful to Michael Segal, who I started to work for when I first moved my business from Kansas City to Los Angeles in 2013. I started working with him 2 months after I arrived in LA, and he has taught me so much and helped me become a much better photographer. I’m very grateful to him for pushing me to be creative and try new things. Finally I’m very thankful for my clients and other vendor friends. My business has grown because of referrals and I am so very grateful for each and every one of them for passing my name along and helping me succeed.
Jenna Rose Photography – 8 portfolio shots
Steph Fowler Photography – Headshot