Jann Denlinger Photography

Jann Denlinger Photography

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I am a creative person who enjoys snapping photos. Part of being a good photographer is listening to what my client wants, and then finding a creative way to accomplish it! I enjoy helping my clients relax and have fun during a photo shoot which result in natural expressions. My goal is to help clients look their best and feel comfortable in front of the camera. I have a background in teaching dance and modeling that helps me to give easy instruction on posing and posture. I spend time talking with each client by email, phone or personal meeting before their shoot asking questions about their expectations, and learning a little bit about them. My specialty is creating photos that show personality. Sometimes that means finding a great location, other times it means including creative props or pets. Each client is different, and I enjoy helping to create unique portraits!

I really like what I do! Taking portraits that show personality lets me use my creativity along with my photographic skills. For example when I take family portraits, I may encourage my clients to include something that has meaning to them in the photo. Perhaps a family blanket, or grandma's jewelry. Getting to know my client, and helping to capture them in a way that shows who they are is what makes my job so much fun! I have met so many wonderful people and gone to many beautiful places!

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Q & A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

I spend time talking with each client by email, phone or personal meeting before their shoot asking questions about their expectations, and learning a little bit about them. I like to be sure that I understand what it is that they are looking for. My specialty is creating photos that show personality. Sometimes that means finding a great location, other times it means including creative props or pets. Each client is different, and I enjoy helping to create unique portraits!


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have taken many photography classes, but I have learned he most from experience snapping tons of photos!


How did you get started in this business?

I started snapping photos using film cameras when my children were small.  I then changed to digital and took many photos while being a youth leader. That lead to doing senior portraits.  I would charge chocolate chip cookies for my work.  Then I realized that I enjoyed taking portraits and decided to start my own business!


What types of customers have you worked with?

I have been snapping photos for a long time.  I have worked with many types of customers.  Some who are looking for very professional portraits, and others who want to show some fun and personality in their shots.  


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I recently donated a gift certificate to a youth auction for a photo session. A woman purchased the certificate. She asked if I could take a group photo of her family. It turns out that she has four married children, many many grandchildren, and even a few great grandchildren! After chatting with her for a while, we decided it might be best to have each of the families dress in a particular color. Then when people looked at the photo, they could tell who was in each family. The photo turned out great! I even did individual photos of each of her childrens' families. That was a great day with lots of laughs and plenty of smiling faces!


What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

Figure out what it is that you really want to show in your portraits, and why you want them taken. Then look for a photographer who understands that!


What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?

Think about asking a photographer about a previous experience that is similar to what you are looking for. Listen to their answer, but listen more closely to their attitude!


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