We want to introduce you to the most-talented, lovely lady that just joined the SugarSky crew - Miss Reba Jenson. She joined us several months back as our photographer and we are continually amazed at the work she produces. Seriously, sometimes I ask myself - how many ways can you shoot a headband? but she amazes us every.single.time. We love her heart for the Lord, her absolute passion for photography and her gusto for life.
Read more about her below AND follow her on Insta. She's amazing.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
I’m from Allen, TX a suburb about 30 minutes outside of Dallas for a more general location. Most people know us for our ridiculously large high school stadium and equally large band.
WHERE DO YOU CURRENTLY LIVE?
I currently live in San Marcos, TX where I attend Texas State University. It’s probably one of my favorite places in the world.
WHAT DOES YOUR EVERYDAY LOOK LIKE?
My everyday usually depends on the day. I have to-do lists out the wazzoo so I can accomplish what I need to, but the most common occurrences are fulfilling the love meter for my attention needy dog Parker, trying to make time to read a book, devotionals, driving around while listening to music, and thinking about how everything looks like a photograph.
IF YOU HAD 15 SECONDS IN AN ELEVATOR TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF TO SOMEONE, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?
That’s like the hardest question hahah, but honestly I’d probably say I’m a photographer who loves God, surrounds myself with books, and can’t really stay in one place for too long or I feel trapped. Also that I have a fraternal twin sister.
WHAT IS A MUST-HAVE FOR YOU TO FEEL SUCCESSFUL DURING A WORK DAY (OR PHOTOSHOOT)?
Really that I have an idea in mind for the shoot and I go into the situation feeling positive and excited for the outcome. Usually if I go into a shoot with a negative feeling, it’ll turn out bad. My favorite feeling ever is seeing a picture turn out how I wanted or even better on the back of my camera, it makes me absolutely giddy with joy. Something I’m constantly saying on a shoot is, “oh my god I can’t wait to edit these, they’re perfect.” It’s all about that positivity in yourself and your skills y’know. Even if I get a bit downtrodden about it all sometimes, in the moment of a shoot I’m happiest.
.....can we say, BOSS?!
HOW DID YOU GET INTO PHOTOGRAPHY/HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN SHOOTING?
I got into photography by constantly taking my sisters point and shoot and using it for myself and realizing, “hey this is a really nifty thing, capturing what I am actually seeing.” Finally, around 8th grade I saved up enough money to get my own and I’ve never stopped. It’s been a wild 8 years and seeing my progression is crazy thing to look back on too.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF PHOTOGRAPHY?
Probably being able to display to everyone what I see. “How can I turn this situation into a photograph?” is a constant thought in my head. I’ve been told, and I’m pretty sure any good photographer has been told too since it’s a part of the job, that I see the world differently and capture it in a most people can’t. When you see one of my photographs that is what I saw in the moment. You’re seeing what I literally saw and then the mood and feeling as I processed it in my head. I love editing too because it allows me to express much more since I’m a tetrachromat and can see colors that most humans do not. I think I’m always striving to accomplish that in a way. | | One of my favorite comments I’ve gotten is from my dad when we went on a trip to Israel. He said to a friend, “When I looked at the photographs she took it was like she had been on a completely different trip than the rest of us.”