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12.29.16

Dont give up your day dream

I'm sitting here still sweaty from my U-Jam class even though I already showered and now my clothes are totally sticking to me. I guess it's nothing a hairdryer, blanket and the heater wont fix :) It reminded me though of how amped I am for 2017 and just overall grateful to be right her, right now. We've got just about everything moved in to our new house here in CA; I've begun decorating in my mind, the kids school and daycare are taken care of and I've finally got my core workouts scheduled. All I feel right now is a sense of relief with excitement running through my veins. It feels good, real good.

I'm not sure if I have told you about U-Jam before, but it is an incredible dance fitness program with sick dance beats from all over the world. I'm crazy addicted to the feeling I have when I'm in my groove and couldn't be more excited to be back under the instruction of my main girl Jollene. A couple of years ago I challenged myself to become an instructor, I did it and am stoked that I did, but I think from here on out, I will leave the instructing to the real pros! Anyway, Jollene always has positive vibes she sends out to her class and today, as our last class together for 2017, she encouraged us to never stop giving up on our dreams. Keep them realistic, but never stop dreaming... this marinated in my head a little. What are my dreams and aren't I already living 'the dream' with a loving family and career doing something I love? Wouldn't it be selfish of me to really want anything more? But she said 'Don't stop' and I can't stop, there is still so much that I want to achieve. And simply because I love what I do, doesn't mean every part of it is actual physical work. And what about the pressure us artists hold on us? Yes, we were given a talent, but what a burden it is constantly trying to be better than your last creation? How heavy is the pressure when your love, your passion, your art, is what pays your bills. As artists so much of what we do is a reflection of our current mood or state of mind. We incorporate our lives into our creative vision, we use pieces we've picked up along the way to create what we create. Art, it's an ever-evolving and no matter how much of it consumes us, it's up to us to continue evolving too.. to keep dreaming and reaching and turning those dreams into a reality.

I do still have a lot of dreams for myself and for my career, often those two things are entwined, but not always. And I don't want to stop, I can't stop. I hope this little tidbit might inspire you too, to never stop dreaming and going after your dream, whatever that may be. Maybe you've lost a little part of yourself along the way as life often takes over and we tend to go straight into auto-pilot. Let's take a few moments to breathe it all in, clear all the clutter and find that little piece of ourselves we've been missing. We are super excited about things to come in 2017 and welcome you into our plans! I can't wait to create more and I can't wait to see what you bring into 2017!

Manifest that shit!!

xx,Jen
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12.12.16

What are you so afraid of?

I've been home about 3 weeks now and the recent conversations with people I havent' seen in a while have got me thinking.. When I left for Kansas, I was very thin with anxiety, I enjoyed fitting into clothes better, but it got to a point where I couldn't even find jeans that didn't sag in my booty and my neck skin started to sag because I had nothing on me and quite honestly, my head was not in the right space. Fast forward a year a half of being away, some ovary issues, a cranky hip, new meds and well, to say the least I've gained a few of those lbs back. My girlfriend Shannon has been nudging me to get back into my U-Jam class because our instructor Jollene's energy is something I just can't get enough of. I was able to go to a few classes in KC, but the classes were smaller and darker so we couldn't see too much of ourselves in the reflection staring back at us. Not the case in Jollene's class, this ray of sunshine has a bright, positive space to dance away anything on your mind. I kept catching glimpses of myself with disgust 'Ugh, why did I wear this tank top? All I could look at was my flabby, white, lumpy arms staring back in the mirror. I found that every time I just ignored the chick in the mirror, the sexier I felt dancing to the music. It suddenly hit me why so many women don't 'have the guts' to do a photo shoot that is all about them.

I know that I am not happy with the way I look right now and that I don't really care to see anymore of myself than I already do. But nobody else sees the things we hate in ourselves, the things we fixate on and hold against ourselves. Nobody cares about those things, all they want to see is your smiling face dancing to the beat of your own drum.

What if I could show you how beautiful you are? What if we could give you an extraordinary day of beauty, fashion and empowerment? Leave you with a sense of accomplishment, bravery and confidence. Don't you think you deserve this? And hasn't it crossed your mind 'I wonder how I would look doing one of these?'. Aren't you curious? Do you think you can go your whole life not knowing how it feels or how freaking good you might photograph? Do you want to go through your whole life not pushing yourself to take that jump into the uncomfortable. And don't think you need a lover to have yourself photographed. This is a gift for you, this is part of your life story. A little piece of yourself that you can share or hold tightly onto. Our photoshoots can be anything you want, the limits are endless, just imagine as if someone was writing a magazine article about you. This is about who you are when you close your eyes, it's about fantasy and you can be whomever you want to be.

We really don't even know what the call this anymore, because it isn't all boudoir, it's got a bit of lifestyle and fashion mixed in there too. Our production-style shoots are story-boarded, styled and shot like an editorial feature, complete with hair & makeup styling by industry leader, PMA. Collectively, our team will curate a moodboard, collaborate on wardrobe, location scout, and design an incredible photo shoot with magazine worthy photographs show for it. This JENNIFER SKOG EXPERIENCE celebrates the life you created and will leave you feeling beautiful, empowered and craving more!

So the other day, I was chatting with a friend on the phone and I shared that I had been considering doing something with my career for 2 years now. Flabbergasted he said "What are you so afraid of?!!" I was speechless. He's absolutely right, what am I so afraid of? All of could think of is the young girl that was encouraged never to be afraid to pursue your dreams. If anyone can do it, I can. And that is absolutely what I hope you take from this message.

All shoots booked between January and April will receive a special one of a kind gift from yours truly.

xo,
Jen

See our latest work on our new Instagram @SKOGgoneROGUE I can't wait to work on our next project together!




fashion photography, portraits, boudoir photography, intimate photography,self love
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01.11.16

Happy 2016!

Happy New Year!! I know, I'm late, but well, you know..Twenty-fifteen was a BIG year for us. We welcomed a sweet nephew/cousin in January, my family and I moved halfway across the country, and I officially became a jet-setting traveler for photo shoots & projects. I love how unexpected our work is from from moment to moment. You truly never know what you're going to get. Most times we meet our subjects for the first time the day we photograph them; and other times, when we are lucky, we get to create our magic with some of our favorite professionals and friends working by our side. Photographing people and connection is like having a tiny intimate window into getting to know someone like nobody else really does. Our eye through the lens is constantly searching for those true once in a lifetime moments to not only anticipate and find, but to record. It's amazing the people you meet and not knowing where I'm going next gives me a little sense of adventure. My 2016 is all about balance - I want to wake up earlier every morning, get into an actual routine, dance more, shoot more, gluten less, blog more, and love more. The diversity of my projects - lifestyle, fashion, weddings, branding, boudoir - gives me a fresh perspective with everything we shoot. Our Boudoir Shoots are off the hook, it's an experience of a lifetime that every woman should do more than once. Email us when you are ready to be daring. Be Bold! Do it! studio@jenniferskog.com :)

Cheers to the New Year!

xo,
Jen

(Photo by Shannon Paras)
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04.04.13

He's Here!

Introducing our son, William Robert, born February 22 at 7:55am. Weighing 9 lbs. 1 oz. and 21.5 inches long. We are so in love and feel so extremely blessed. We call him Will, his sister calls him "Baby Q" for Baby Cute. She absolutely adores him and is so gentle with him; its as if she knows just how amazing it is to be a big sister.

To my sweet darling girl, this little guy will be your best friend, your partner in crime, and someone you will look after for the rest of your life. He will look up to you, always be there for you, and love you for everything you are and are not. You will help shape the man that he becomes. Show him the way because this will be one of the most important roles of your life. I know this from experience :)


I am enjoying every single moment of this time with my family as it goes by so quickly. I check email as often as possible and will resume photo shoots beginning in May. May and June are booking up quickly; if you are interested in scheduling a photo shoot, please inquire now. Thank you!
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02.21.13

So very blessed.

My husband and I are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our second child, a little boy. During this joyous time I will be away from my office and savoring every precious moment I can with my little family. We are still booking many shoots and weddings starting in May and I will be responding to emails as often as I can. I appreciate your patience and understanding.

Thank you all for your love and support, we feel so blessed to be welcoming this little life into our hearts and I absolutely cannot wait to make my daughter a big sister!

xoxo,
Jen


Photo by Mauricio Arias
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