Jennifer Nace has been photographing children, families and seniors professionally from her Minnesota based studio since 2006. After attending Kelley Ryden and Tracy Raver’s workshop in 2009 her love for newborn photography blossomed. Jennifer is focused on creating unique, fun, colorful images for every client who walks in the door.
As a Mom, I realize just how fleeting these precious baby moments are. I can’t think of anything in the world I would rather do. I get to make a living while capturing some of life’s most precious memories.
How did you get started in the business? Who helped/guided/mentored you?
I bought my first DLSR in 2006 so I could take better pictures of my own kids. I had NO intentions of starting a business. A few friends thought since I had a nice camera that I knew how to use it (I didn’t) so I took a few photos for them for fun. Soon word spread and before I knew it I was renting a studio space. In 2008 with a little luck and a LOT of support from my husband and parents we built a 2000 sq foot studio on our property. I learned a ton online (Facebook groups and Forums) and also by taking workshops. A few of my favorite workshops are Box U with Gary and Pam Box (seniors) and Kelley Ryden and Tracy Raver Baby Posing (newborns)
How many After Dark Events have you attended and what’s your favorite moment?
This is my first and I’m so excited!
Why is education important to you? How long have you been teaching? What made you get into teaching? What do you get out of being a mentor?
It’s important to never stop learning and growing so you can keep your work fresh. I have been teaching for about a year now and got into it after many requests and messages from fellow photographers. I love seeing those ‘light bulb’ moments—and I love having them as well!
What are the top 5 skills you’ll be teaching at After Dark?
- Studio and Natural Light
- Set Design and props
- Newborn Session Basics
- Setting yourself apart
- Photographing Children