I feel truly blessed to be able to follow my dream of being a photographer. I absolutely LOVE what I do! From the time I picked up a camera, I was obsessed with taking pretty pictures. After 12 years, my focus has shifted… I have come to realize that one of the most important parts of my job is telling your story through my lens. If I’m photographing your wedding day, I focus on authentic, natural and real moments. If I’m photographing your senior pictures, your personality and inner beauty will shine through! These are the moments that you will forever cherish and remember. Welcome to the blog. I can’t wait for the opportunity to capture YOU and tell your story!
Taking this senior’s photo by this beautiful mural wall with these inspiring words has never been so fitting. Meet the graceful, sweet, radiant, talented, (girl with the cutest giggle) quiet at first, but then funny and goofy when you break down the walls, Class of 2020 senior from Pekin High School, Jenna Martin!! She has a smile that completely melts this photographer’s soul! Happy 18th Birthday weekend by the way Jenna!! You are loved!!
After high school, Jenna plans on attending SIUE to major in pharmacy. When she was little, she always dreamed of being a dance. In school, she participated on the dance team, soccer team and she is a Student Ambassador and Dragon Day Leader. Outside of school, she is a lifeguard in the summer and she dances competitively all year round. Capturing her grace as a dancer during her senior pictures was amazing! Jenna also volunteers as a student representative o the YWCA board in Pekin. Here’s some great advice that she would give to incoming freshman: “Grades are soo important! But never at the expense of your mental health and well-being! And don’t forget to have fun!!”
Her favorite teacher is Mr. Woodring because he has been the most enlightening teacher she has ever had. “His class was eye-opening and fun to participate in. My favorite class is anything math related because it’s always stress-free and comes so easily to me.” Her hobbies include “basically dancing all of the time, but when I have free time, I enjoy hanging out with friends, listening to music, and eating ice cream!”
Three things on her bucket list include 1. Going to a different country 2. Run a marathon 3. Live to be 100!
I have many heroes that I look up to in different ways. My heroes are my parents because they inspire me everyday to work hard. My grandparents are my heroes because they show me how important faith is and give me an example to follow.
Moments she is most proud of are as a dancer. “I’m very hard on myself and performances are a very stressful part of the year. In the dancing world, it is known that “there is no such thing as a perfect performance” which makes less daunting and easier to accept any mistakes you make. The moments I’m most proud of are the few times that I have gone on stage to perform and came off feeling really great about how I did despite the mistakes I made.”
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