Hey! I'm Jenni (she/her), a queer freelance photographer based in the south San Francisco Bay Area. I've been capturing lifestyle portraits, family photos, headshots, and more for seven years. I love animals, crappy reality tv, painting, and musical theatre. My partner Ali and I have been together for four years, and we have our own online presence (check out @aliandjenni on instagram and aliandjenni.com).
I want you to feel like we're already friends when you arrive for your session, so let me tell you a bit about myself.
I started to be interested in photography because my mom is really into scrapbooking. I swear, I was the most photographed child of the late 90s/early 2000s! I don't remember a time when I didn't have my own camera, whether it was a wind-up Kodak, a pink point-and-shoot from Target, or a DSLR.
When I first began taking photos in middle school, they were all landscapes and macro photos of nature. I decided I wanted to work for National Geographic and explore the world! My senior year of high school, I took my first photography class. We had a unit on portraits, and I explained I had no intention of ever taking pictures of people. (If my past self could see me now...) My teacher insisted I complete the assignment (duh), and I begrudgingly asked two of my friends to pose for me.
I was blown away. Not only could I capture emotion and the essence of the person, I was totally in charge. Flowers and butterflies don't really listen when you give them direction, you know? I fell in love with portraits and never looked back.
I brought my DSLR to college, just for fun. I figured I could make friends that way. However, I was surrounded by actors who needed headshots (I have a BFA in musical theatre) and I really didn't know the rules and industry standards for headshots. I took a few online classes, practiced a lot, and Jenni Chapman Photography was created.
Since then, I've expanded my expertise to family photos, couple sessions, and fine art portraiture that can involve anything from a bathtub full of flowers, to sweet candy-themed shoots, to dancing around a field of sunflowers. If you can envision it, I can make it happen.
So what kind of photos are YOU dreaming of? Let's make your vision a reality!
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