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Meet Jennifer Renwick

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Renwick.

Hi Jennifer, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I’ve always had an innate curiosity about the natural world, and I knew I’d be drawn to a profession where I would be able to interact and connect with Nature. I’ve always had an interest in photography, and as a young girl, I frequently picked up cameras to document my interactions as I explored the world. I was a hobby photographer for about four years while I worked a full-time job in Veterinary Medicine. When I realized I was using all my vacation time at my previous job to head out and photograph, I knew there was a life change brewing! I made the dive into full-time photography five years ago, and I haven’t looked back. I now teach photography and lead workshops in some of Nature’s most beautiful classrooms in the American West. I’m very thankful that I still get to keep my connection with Nature going every day as a full-time Nature photographer. My main goal with my photography is to showcase this beautiful planet we’re fortunate to call home and create compelling imagery that brings awareness to the delicate but amazing world we live in.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It was quite a life-changing experience diving into this profession full-time. There were struggles, and sometimes they’re still are. Giving up a stable, income-producing job to be a creative was a bit scary, but looking back, even with the hardships, I’m still thankful I took the leap. Photography fulfills me, and I’m very grateful that I experience Nature through my lens every day. One of the challenges along the way was learning to let go of expectations of how I thought the world wanted me to photograph. With the rise of social media, it was challenging to keep in mind that the images I enjoy creating may not be the most popular, show-stopping images that grab attention. It made me take a step back to do some introspection, and there I realized that I enjoy photographing for myself, and it doesn’t matter what others think or how much attention images get on something like social media. I photograph my passions and what brings me joy, and that’s how art should be. Authenticity is essential, and when you connect with and enjoy the subjects you’re photographing, it will come through to the viewer of the images, and they’ll be able to see your passion.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I enjoy photographing natural abstracts and smaller scenes, and those are the subjects I’m best known for photographing. Every grand landscape has smaller stories woven into the scene, and I enjoy isolating those and sharing those quieter moments in Nature. With abstracts, I enjoy showing how an ordinary subject can really be extraordinary. For example, small mud cracks on the ground may not appear that exciting, but if you take a few minutes to study them, you can appreciate how the light interacts, highlighting the textures and colors. Nature is full of these captivating scenes if the time is taken to study and observe them. Abstract photography is one of my favorite genres, and most of the fun is hearing how others perceive the photo. When there isn’t context, the imagination runs wild, and one of my favorite things is hearing what the viewer thinks about a particular abstract photo. A few years ago, I started photographing wild dolphins in black and white for a personal project after my mother’s passing. Many know me for those images and that project, and it’s one that I continually add to when I have the chance to get back out on the ocean to photograph. I’m most proud of that project, not only because of the deep meaning they represent but because they have been very influential to my interest in putting together photography projects.

Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
When you have a medium like photography, the technology always seems to be advancing. In the past few years, I’ve seen more megapixels appear in newer cameras, increasing the ability to print substantial fine art prints. Drones came onto the scene the last few years, which put a whole new spin on the nature photography world because drones allow us to see the world in a whole different way. There’s no doubt that the technology will keep advancing, but I continue to enjoy seeing the world through other photographers’ eyes. There’s been a shift from epic, grand landscapes to more expressive and small scene photography in the Nature photography world. I’m not quite sure what the future holds, but I’m excited to see what happens down the road!

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