We had the good fortune of connecting with Jen Litt and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jen, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I’m pursuing a creative career because it allows me to connect with myself and other people. I can use my photography to tell other people’s stories and in the process, I get to express myself through the pictures, too. Seeing people react positively when I send them their photos is the best part because I’m making other people happy by doing what I love.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve been intrigued photography for as long as I can remember. I used to steal my dad’s old point-and-shoot cameras because I’ve always loved being able to look back on photos and remember what it was like when they were taken. I took a few classes in high school that really launched my love of photography and compelled me to major in it. Since then, my classes and mentorships have pushed me to improve this passion and make it into a sustainable career. I’ve gravitated toward environmental portraiture because I find people are often more comfortable outdoors than in a studio. I love connecting with my clients and photographing real moments and emotions for them to look back on. I’ve had to work through a lot of personal anxieties to work with people in this way, but getting to follow my passion and capture these special memories has been more than worth it. Seeing people light up when they see the photos I’ve taken for them is such a reward. Doing sessions throughout Sedona and Flagstaff for the last few years has allowed me to travel and photograph some amazing people in really beautiful places. I’m hoping to expand this in the near future to also photographing elopements and small weddings across Northern Arizona.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I grew up in Phoenix, and my favorite spots there have to be the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, Roosevelt Row, and Moon Valley Park. In Flagstaff where I am currently located, I love visiting Lowell Observatory and Aspen Corner as well as eating at Dara Thai downtown.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My photojournalism teacher, Lisa Baker, at Horizon High School really kickstarted my love of photography. I’ve also had incredible mentorship from photographer Monica Saaty-Pizzi over the last year and a half and been pushed by my professors and peers at NAU.
Other: Pinterest: @jenlittphoto