Gregoire Photography

My name is Jen, I'm a self-taught photographer and I’ve been drawn to photography my entire life. I truly believe I was taking pictures long before I ever owned my first camera.

My full-time photography career started ten years ago when I opened a studio specializing in taking pictures of the most difficult of subjects: Pets of all varieties!

I'm city girl born and raised, though I now reside in a tiny rural town with my husband, three cats and a fabulous pug called Fergie. I’m inspired by my new surroundings and I love to capture the magic in the landscapes that are constantly changing around me. However as much as I love home, I LOVE to travel and I am always looking for the next stamp for my passport.

I truly believe that it is not the camera, but it is the artist behind the camera that makes a photo come to life. My process is constantly changing and evolving. Sometime my shots are happy accidents - being at the right place at the right time. But most are planned and there is a lot of research involved: What kind of light? Morning or evening? Slow or fast shutter speed? Is everything in focus or just one element? Do I want to play by the rules or do I want break them? It’s all to achieve a story and a mood I want to convey. Sometimes it's through the use of color or perspective; sometimes it's adding a humanizing element to the photograph.

A few years ago my husband and I gave up the city for small town country life. This was a big change for me as I’m a city girl born and raised, and the differences between living in a city of over a million people and living in a tiny farming town of 125 people are understandably huge! I was quickly inspired by just how beautiful the prairies are. It was so peaceful and the light was so beautiful. I love to photograph old homesteads and decaying cars and barns that we’ve discovered. I love the character they all seem to have. I also really enjoy photographing the few existing grain elevators in the area. They are the sky scrapers of the prairies.

Someone once told me that I take her on a journey with my photography. She could go to the beach, the country or see the ancient architecture from a far-away city anytime she wanted to, right from her own home. As Doctor Seuss said, “Oh, the places you’ll go!” Where can I take you today?

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