Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Photographer Interview - Jenn Davenport Photography

Once again, we have another great photographer on the blog today for our "Interview Wednesday" segment.  Today is a family friend Jennifer Davenport of Jenn Davenport Photography.  I have been following her work this past year as I embark on my own journey and have been thoroughly impressed at her talent!  Her images are always so bright and crisp!  She really knows how to use light to her advantage and gets the BEST expressions out of everyone she works with.  It was REALLY hard to choose my favorites on this one, but I went back a little ways to a couple that have always stood out to me.  Most photographers have a speciality, but Jenn rocks EVERYTHING!  (From newborns to weddings to families) She just amazes me.  Please enjoy her interview!

If I ever have a baby boy, I hope Jenn takes a pic with this hat for me :)
Just because I adore this family!!!!
This is just amazing!
This image captivated me the first time I saw it.  I was in awe.
And this is my favorite picture by her of ALL TIME!  I just love it!!!
Q:  Tell us a little bit about yourself
A:  I'm a Mom, first and foremost and I've been married for almost 6 years to my wonderful Hubby! We have two crazy, happy, lovely little girls, Adylyn who is 4 and Edyn who is
almost 2! We live in Kalama WA which is where my studio is located as well!
K Tobin:  I hear part of Twilight was filmed there, too :)
Q:  Where did you grow up?  Go to school?
A:  I grew up in Longview WA and I attended Concordia University in Portland where I got my BA.
K Tobin:  Longview is where I met you!  You were in the same class as my sister 
Q:  Are you a self-taught photographer or have you had any mentors along the way?
A:  I am mostly self taught although I did establish a relationship with a mentor about 18 months ago to develop my newborn photography.
K Tobin:  I had no idea.  That is awesome!
Q:  Whose work has influenced you the most? 
A:  That is really difficult for me to pinpoint. I follow many photographers who I feel are very accomplished and technically and creatively mature. I make a point to not frequently look at the work of local photographers because I feel that I wouldn't want my work to purposely mimic anyone in my area. I want my work to look different and reflect my personal style so that 
clients will choose me for my work being unique :) 
K Tobin: I think you have done a fantastic job at that.

Q: What made you decide to do photography? How did you get started?
A: I have been interested in photography since I learned by shooting film in high school. My husband gave me my first DSLR when we had our first daughter and I started practicing, practicing, practicing.

Q: What camera do you use and why?
A: My primary camera is my Canon 5D MarkII. I also have a 60D and 50D as backup cameras. I use my MarkII primarily because I love having a full frame camera. I love the 
images I get out of it, the color saturation, clarity...Me and Mark have a good thing going :)
K Tobin:  I know we already talked about this earlier, but I am SO jealous!!  If you EVER want to part with Mark, I would love to take him for a spin!  LOL.....
Q:  What is your favorite lens?
A:  Ooo...that totally depends on what I'm shooting. I have a different favorite for each type of shoot or subject. If I have to pick I would say that my 70-200 F2.8 L is one of my most favorites.
K Tobin:  I remember you mentioning that before!  Again - you have some GREAT equipment.  I love how versatile that lens is.
Q:  Before you put your work online, do you ever have someone critique it first?
A:  Depends on what it is. If it is of a subject I am very comfortable with and critical with myself, then no. If it is a new area I am experimenting with, then absolutely.
Q:  Do you ever use artificial light or is it all natural light?
A:  Both. I tend to a lot of work in my studio, where I use off camera flash for all my work. I enjoy natural light when I am outdoors, but I am comfortable with studio lighting and do a lot of work with it.
Q:  What is your favorite thing to shoot?
A:  I love newborns and babies. I love shooting weddings, seniors and families as well, but my favorite subjects would be anyone under 12 months old :)
K Tobin:  Those are my favorites of yours as well!!!!!
Q:  Are you a Mac or PC lover?
A: question.
K Tobin:  Good answer!  hehe....
Q:  What editing program do you use and why?
A:  I use Lightroom (couldn't live without) and Photoshop.
Q:  What is the farthest location you have ever had a photo shoot?
A:  I've traveled to the beach several times, Seattle, Portland but the furthest I think would be Bend, OR.
Q:  Any other funny or interesting shoots that you would like to share?
A:  I sat on a kid one time. Literally, sat on a 4 year old. Oiy! I was photographing a birthday party event and while the parent was getting the cake all prepped, I had stepped a little closer to get a couple shots and without looking I took a step back to where I was before. I had moved for no more then 30 seconds and a kiddo had moved their chair directly behind me so when I
stepped back, I sat down onto his lap. EMBARRASSING!
K Tobin:  That is amazing!  Thanks for sharing :)

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