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  • Working with Jen was a total pleasure. She was relaxed, fun, and very flexible. I started the session feeling self-pressure to have the children dressed just right, the setting perfect, and everyone on their best behavior. Of course, the best laid plans were not to be - yet, Jen still captured the BEST pictures of my family I have ever seen. I highly recommend Jen Downer! ---Holly B
  • Jen was great!! We spent an enjoyable afternoon with her, and it never felt like a photo shoot. We were all at ease and she captured us as we are. Our photos are beautiful and truly portray our family. ---Becky
  • Jen and I went to art school together. I was in awe: her images had warmth, happiness and playfulness. Also a bit of nostalgia...the good kind, when memories are brought back with a little smile. She took a great detour after graduation by falling in love and starting a family. She already saw the good things about people, but now it's enhanced by having her own little people to nurture. She's the perfect person to document the special moments of every day life. ---Suzi

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My daughter tells me I'm sassy. I think the word 'sassy' is up for interpretation, but I rather like it. For me, it makes me think of a funky, powerful, witty, wacky, bright, and kind-hearted female. That is what I strive to be. I can be crass and I can be sweet... and if you get to know ME you'll get to know both sides. ;o)

I've been interested in photography for as long as I can remember. Always intrigued with cameras and enthralled with looking through the famiyl albums. I feel incredibly blessed to be making a career of something that I have loved deeply all of my life.

I started She Saw Things last November of 2006, and have had the great fortune of taking photographs of some fabulous families. It is always such a joy and an honor to be invited into a family for a few hours to capture the beautiful nuances of their lives as I see them.

One of the things that I love most about being an artist is that there is always room for growth and change. I immensely enjoy pushing my creativity to new places...

Thank you for looking at my weblog! I look forward to sharing my work & life in a publicly personal way. Blessings and peace to you.


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