Jenna Houston was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Art with a focus in photography and videography. Jenna now works as a freelance photographer and artist having received several awards and grants to continue photography and loves doing portrait shoots, wedding & event photographs, and headshots. Jenna works in the greater Pittsburgh region but accepts select work in Cleveland, Frederick, and other surrounding areas. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or projects!
Select Clients: Barron’s Magazine, The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University
I love photographing, plain and simple. Using different cameras, both film and digital, and connecting with new people are two of my favorite things. My job lets me combine these two passions on my own schedule -- nothing is better!
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
I've done many solo portrait shoots in the past. Often, the subject has never been photographed before and is very nervous. It takes a lot of trust to allow me to photograph them in that vulnerable moment, and I work to build a connection as we photograph to make the best images possible and keep it effortless for the subject.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
Honorable Mention, Silver Eye Center for Photography Fellowship 18 Photo Essay Finalist, Duke Center for Documentary Studies Aint-Bad Digital Photography Feature Solo Exhibition at Late Space Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
A fun fact about this photographer
I studied gender studies and art in college, and I was born on April Fool's Day!