Jen shoots about 40 weddings per year but in the low season she travels the world for two to five months working on personal photography projects and interacting with different cultures. Overseas she focuses on people and landscape photography, using her camera as an excuse to interact with the locals off the beaten path. She also likes leisurely bike riding, swimming at the beach and eating out with friends.
Jen will be taking local buses and ferries through Burma – Bagan, Mandalay and Lake Inle along with the smaller villages in between. The fact that Myanmar has only recently been opened up to mass tourism, will make for an interesting destination. She can’t wait to meet people off the tourist trail who have had little contact with foreigners and she hopes the locals will appreciate receiving photos of themselves as it will be nice to give something back to the communities.
Having spent a total of 6 months in China over the last few years, she has met so many amazing people whilst travelling solo and mostly in the countryside where few tourists venture, staying with locals, such as Buddhist nuns, and being invited into Monks houses, family homes and celebrations. In all her travels though, Jen has never been able to share her images instantly. She has posted images back to India, although never sure if they made it to their owners, and has even visited mini labs in Tibet to get prints made for locals. But overall, Jen knows of so many images that never made it back to their subjects. That’s what attracts her to the Portrait Equality project.
Jen’s favourite family photo was taken in Antelope Canyon in the United States, with her partner Richard. For this photo Jen, used a tripod and had to keep running back and forth using the 10-second shutter delay until she got a keeper! Even though it was freezing cold, with snow on the ground above them, Jen warmed up with a bit of exercise going back and forth to the camera to adjust the shot.