P&P Blogger Profile: Jen Weaver
Jennifer Weaver (soon to be Jennifer Rinaldi) of Jen Weaver Photography
Hello all! I’m Jen Weaver and I’ve been an avid photographer since I was about 7 years old. I work full time in Human Resources in the pharmaceutical industry but I recently started doing portrait photography work on the side.
I caught the “photography bug” from my Dad and that passion for photography carried me through my childhood, into high school (as the newspaper and yearbook photographer & editor) and into college.
Fast forward to the present…at the beginning of 2007 I made it a focus to concentrate on my photography passion and the love and my knowledge has grown tremendously.
I LOVE HDR and I know lug my tripod everywhere “just in case” I want to take multiple exposures!
I also enjoy anything creative…drawing, painting, graphic design, jewelry making (just wish I had more time in the world for all of my hobbies!!).
Why do you blog?I love being able to share my work and have the opportunity to apply details around who, what, where, when and how about my photography with my readers. Anytime I see something others my benefit I like to share those details as well.
It’s a creative outlet for me and I can’t seem to go to sleep at night without a blog post! I also use it a journal to track where I’ve been and how I’m progressing with my work.
If you only had time to read three blogs a day, which ones would they be?http://julielawsonphotography.blogspot.com/
(and Jason D. Moore Photography which should go without saying!)
How long have you been using Photoshop/been a photographer?
Photoshop: Since around 1996-1997 when I was back in college
Photographer: Since around the age of 7 when I got my first “110” camera – which I still have!
What type of camera(s) do you shoot with?
Nikon D80 Affectionately referred to as “The Gun”
Mac or PC?
PC now and Mac back in the “graphic design studies” days
What is your favorite piece of photo or computer equipment (other than your camera)?
I’d have to say my Wacom Bamboo tablet – what a handy little tool for working in Photoshop! I highly recommend one.
What piece of equipment would you most like to get but don’t have?
The Sigma 10mm wide angle lens or an upgrade to the Nikon D300
What advice do you have for a novice creative professional/photographer?
Practice, practice & more practice. Google anything and everything you want to learn and try everything at least once just to see if you like it!
What inspires you to create?
Ever since I got deeply immersed in photography last year everything around me seems to inspire me now. From a “great cloud day” to the pen sitting on my desk. I’m seeing the beauty in everything in a new way that I’ve never noticed before and I want to find the best way to capture & preserve it through photography.
What would be your most important piece of advice about life?
My good friend Heather from http://oneshotbeyond.blogspot.com/ shared this quote with me during a tough time for me and it’s advice I would give others on life:
“When you have come to the edge of all the light you have, and must take a step into the darkness of the unknown…Believe that one of two things will happen to you…Either there will be something solid for you to stand on or you will be taught how to fly.”
Where would you most like to live (other than where you live now)?
Somewhere in Europe…The United Kingdom or Italy
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Hmmm….besides taking photos?? In my spare time I like to take impromptu road trips, spend time with family & friends, go to the beach, travel, listen to music, dance, go to comedy shows, decorate, read or relax with a good movie.
What talent would you most like to have?
To be able to sing.
From Inside the Actors Studio:
What is your favorite word? Random
What is your least favorite word? No
What turns you on? When everything just comes together as I’ve planned!
What turns you off? Slackers
What sound or noise do you love? A good song blasting in the car
What sound or noise do you hate? Busy signals
What is your favorite curse word? Oh…I don’t think a nice gal like me would should drop that bomb here! LOL!
What occupation other than your own would you like to attempt? Graphic Design (where I should have been all along!)
What occupation would you not want to participate in? Hard labor in the summer heat
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? By the time that happens I’d like to hear that I’ve done everything I’ve always wanted in my life and that I should be proud of that!
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