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Best of the Best 2011

I’ve just returned from an incredible week in Texas with Foundation WorkshopAnna Kuperberg asked me to return as a staff member this year, serving on her  team as a volunteer mentor.  If you are familiar with her work, you know what a huge honor this is.  If you’re a documentary photographer needing to learn the nuts and bolts of photojournalism, I recommend investing in this intensive workshop.  You’ll not only leave with new eyes & ears, but a close-knit photo family.

At the Foundation Conference in New Orleans this past November, I was asked to speak briefly about my personal journey with branding as part of Kate Mefford‘s presentation on the subject.  Kate has a background in Psychology and in addition to being a talented portrait photog, she has a knack for diving into someone’s interests, desires & goals to find the perfect brand platform for their business.  If you’re in a rough place and need help with a branding overhaul, she’s a great resource.

Also at the Conference, my image of Mandy licking her champagne toasting glass placed in the top ten and was up against three others for the grand prize.  I went home with a generous gift courtesy of one of the best pro labs in the country, ProDPI.

Two other respected organizations have also honored my work this year:

Junebug weddings named me “Best of the Best” in their annual list of the 50 best wedding photographs of the year.  Photographers from around the world sent their best portfolio pieces from 2011.  One image was selected from each of the top 50 photographers out of the hundreds that submitted.  The judges chose the below from Josh & Ben’s Orcas Island wedding.

Nine of my images placed in Fearless Photographer competitions this year, landing me in a two-way tie as the top photographer in Seattle.  The three below were included in a list of the “99 Most Amazing Fearless Awards of 2011“.

All of this has taken a couple months to register, as I still don’t believe it.  To have your work recognized by your peers and grouped with some of the best photographers in the industry is a great compliment, but what I’m most grateful for are my clients.  They trust me to capture unique, telling moments that eschew the cookie cutter bullshit that comprises much of traditional wedding photography.  They dare to be open to something different.  Something honest, unexpected & uncontrollable.   They open up their selves, their lives, their families to let me capture who they really are as it happens.  It takes a great amount of trust & vulnerability to do and I thank them for it.

  • KelliFebruary 5, 2012 - 12:06 pm

    DUDE! Congrats! You’re amazing & these shots are BONKERS. So good.

  • J ShodaFebruary 5, 2012 - 12:20 pm

    Awesome. So well deserved, congrats on everything JJ. You’re my fave!

  • FionaFebruary 5, 2012 - 1:00 pm

    Wow…. woahhh….. Wow amazing images!!!

  • carolFebruary 5, 2012 - 1:24 pm

    Very inspirational – congrats Jenny.

  • JuliannaFebruary 5, 2012 - 5:30 pm

    So awesome – you rock!

  • Rb.February 5, 2012 - 9:40 pm

    That’s all such fantastic news! While I don’t know you well, I know there are few doing work as wonderful as yours. Congrats!

  • BenjaminFebruary 6, 2012 - 9:33 am

    Darlin it was completely wonderful that you were there to shoot mine and Josh’s wedding. You are exactly correct in that the last thing we wanted was some cliche crap. You captured things beautifully and you very much deserve all these laurels. hugs.

  • JoaquinFebruary 6, 2012 - 11:01 am

    My proud chest is a lot bigger than my big stomach at this moment.
    Awesome is an understatement
    Con Amor Y Carino

  • DebbieFebruary 6, 2012 - 5:42 pm


    Your talent is amazing!!! Love it!! When I’m taking photos of the grandsons, I sometimes think of your photos and shoot from a different angle…. If we end up in your area someday, I might ask for a few tips!!! Take care………

  • Jonas SeamanFebruary 6, 2012 - 6:00 pm

    So great! And so deserved!

  • Natalie Champa JenningsFebruary 6, 2012 - 8:16 pm

    Congratulations on your awesome successes in the industry. You’re definitely amazing to follow with incredible work. Cheers.

  • Brandy BFebruary 6, 2012 - 11:09 pm

    congratulations! beautiful work!

  • powkangFebruary 7, 2012 - 8:16 pm

    this is all wonderful news, jj. i love following your work.

  • Catherine AbeggFebruary 14, 2012 - 11:33 am

    All of this is so well-deserved. It’s not very often that there is a photographer whose style is distinctly theirs… but you’ve totally got it girl. I’m super fucking proud of you, and proud to call you my friend, and even my family photographer! xo.

  • Della ChenFebruary 16, 2012 - 1:19 am

    Super proud of you JJ. Congrats, this is so awesome!!!

  • AbleAprilMarch 6, 2012 - 2:13 pm

    Congrats Jennyj! Well deserved.

  • RenataNovember 10, 2015 - 12:23 am

    – I love the composition and frminag of each shot! But I think 4th one down and the black and white one are my faves! Seriously amazing work keep it up, hot stuff!

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