Wife | Mom to Two Kids and Two Rescue Dogs | Photographer
I’m Jen, a Maryland-based portrait and wedding photographer known for airy and neutral photos that are timeless. Family is what I’m all about and photography is a huge passion of mine. Combine the two and you have Jen Tilley Photography. I’m known by my family and friends as a busy body who hardly ever sits still and loves to cook, clean, drink coffee, enjoy wine, workout, travel, and capture special moments that bring so much joy to others.
My love for photography has always been a part of me. When I was in college, I finally gathered up enough courage to join a photojournalism class in 2003. From there, my love for photography grew to be out of control. I enrolled in every photography class possible and found myself in the dark room at 4:00 a.m. developing film on more than one occasion.
In the summer of 2004, I signed up for a photojournalism study abroad course that was held in the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic. During that course, our class traveled to a new city every week taking thousands of photographs and becoming completely immersed in the trip of a lifetime.
I continued to dabble here and there with photography as I tried to find my footing. And then my grandpa, my hero, passed away. During his estate sale, I walked into my Dad’s childhood room and found a table full of my grandpa’s old cameras. I had no idea how into photography my grandfather had been. He had cameras of all shapes and sizes, as well as film that caught my attention. I wanted so badly to rewind time so that I could chat with him about his passion for photography. Nobody in my family was really into photography, so I felt like my passion for photography was a bit random. But, as soon as I came across those cameras, I knew photography was in my blood.
The cameras had sales tags on them and I wanted so badly to take all of them home with me. But, I kept quiet because I didn’t want to step on any toes. A few weeks after returning home, a huge box arrived. I opened it to find all of his cameras and film. It was then that I knew my family understood. They couldn’t sell the cameras because they knew I needed them. I cried happy tears and placed the cameras around my home as reminders. To this day, you’ll still find his cameras throughout my home as reminders.
Moral of the story? Be fearless and follow your passion, even if nobody but yourself understands it. Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire. I love family and I know how important it is to capture the special moments. I want to support you in your story. I love a good story and I want to help tell your story through photography.
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