Artist Feature

These week our artist feature is Jenn from Pretty Pixels Photography!! I just love Jenn’s work and her personality! She’s so supportive of her fellow photographers and exactly the type of photographer I love to feature! Enjoy catching up with Jenn and getting to know her a little better! Have a great week everyone!



A little about Jenn

Hi, my name is Jennifer (Jenn) Franzin. I am the face behind Pretty Pixels Photography and the co-founder of By He{Art}, a community of artists of all levels and skill sets. I am the proud momma to three amazing children (two little ladies & one wee man), a part time photographer/artist, dreamer, perpetual wanderer and lover of the natural world.

Can you tell us what photography means to you?

Wow, what a hard thing for me to have to put into words! I suppose the best way for me to describe what photography means to me is to say that it is a part of my soul and my being. Since I was a young child, I have always been captivated by what people could share through an image.

What motivates and inspires you?

I live for the real, raw, beautiful heart-filling moments. You know, the ones that take your breath away or make you stop for a moment and breathe in deep. I seek out the beauty that others too often miss. For example, the haunting beauty of an abandoned building, the way the leaves of a tree shimmers when the sun begins to set, the sweet perfection of a child as they sit watching the snow fall outside their window, or a new mom’s gaze at her newborn babe. This is but a few things that motivate and inspire me. There is just so much beauty and inspiration in this world once you open your mind and heart to it.

Are you in business or hobbyist?

I am purely a hobbyist at this time. I have done sessions on occasion for others, but in most recent months I have been honing my skills and shooting from my heart.

Can you share with us 5 of your favorite images and tell us why you love them so.

Honestly, I could never narrow it down to five images…LOL I truly love all of my images since the majority of what I choose to capture is my children and nature. I have chosen 5 of my current faves though that I have shot in the past 6 months.


The first image that I chose to share is one I took on a very dark and gloomy February day. I was in a dark head space missing the sunlight and feeling the dreaded artist’s block. Then Gods must have taken pity on me, this day as the sun decided to show it’s glorious face and peek through the clouds allowing me to capture the beauty below.


The second image I chose is also from the same day and this one really gives you that feeling of darkness and cold. I chose this one because the simplicity speaks to me. I love the curve of the leaf as it caresses that teeny, tiny, little blanket of snow. The leaf looks as though as if it is snuggled away under a blanket for warmth. Each time I see this image it takes me back to that exact moment and how I was feeling on that day.


The third image that I selected was shot just as dawn broke across the red pine trees in my backyard. The sun was so bright that day. I loved the way it sparkled on the snow and shone like fire across the sky. This image fills my soul with so much joy.


The fourth image that I selected to show you is a new love. I took this one only a few days ago. I was on a walk through the forest when out of the corner of my eye I caught something sparkling. I grabbed my camera and captured this beauty. I love the way that the leaf is curled up how it reflects the light and warmth of the sun. Even on these bitter cold winter days the sun still fights to provide warmth and beauty.


The fifth image is one that reflects my soul and love of trees. I edited this image in a way that speaks to me personally. I wanted this image to draw the viewer in and give you a feeling of warmth and solace. For me this image is one of the ones that I will hold in my heart forever.

What’s in your camera bag?

My camera bag would surprise a lot of people. My gear is pretty old by today’s standards in the industry, but I have always been of the mindset that it isn’t the gear, it’s the photographer and their vision that creates the art. I currently rotate between my Nikon D60 and my D3100. My go to lens is my 17-70mm. It’s all I ever use unless I am going to bring out the 70-300mm.

What does your editing process look like?

My editing process, let’s see…I import everything into Lightroom and do the majority of my editing in there. For the most part I use presets that I have previously created unless I have a specific vision for an image in which case I will hand edit it from start to finish. On occasion, I do pop on over to Photoshop but I have only recently been teaching myself different skills and techniques in there. It is one of my goals this year to learn even more.

Anything else you’d like us to know about you?

Hmmm, here are 5 random facts about me if you would like to have a chuckle.

I love toques, scarves and mittens. I literally have bags full of them.

I love Teavana. My go to drink is the maharaja chai oolong samurai chai mate.

I dream of going to Africa.

I want to kayak where the whales are and bask in their power and beauty.

I love road trips and would choose them over any other mode of transportation.


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