Blogity Blog!

Class of 2017: Its Your Time To Shine! • Central MN Senior Photography

Written by Jen on . Posted in Promos! Woohoo!, Seniors, The Class of....

Senior 2017

Class of 2017! Its your time to shine!

Surveys are coming in – interviews have started – spots are already reserved! Don’t wait – spots fill quickly and once they’re gone, they’re gone! Limited to only a few amazing seniors per school! Are you quirky, fun, responsible, kind, unique, amazing and so much more!??! Looking to maximize your Senior Experience!?! Apply to be part of the JTP Model Crew TODAY!  Click the link for more info:

High School Seniors

I can’t wait to meet you! Let’s shine!

~ Jen

Congratulation Grads • Senior Class of 2015

Written by Jen on . Posted in Seniors, The Class of....

Its that time of year again! Looking back, I can’t believe I’ve had the honor of getting to know such an amazing group – incredible athletes, artists, musicians, honor students, and unique individuals! You’ll go on to amazing things and I’m so glad to have been a part of your lives! Take care – keep in touch – dream big and push yourself to go for those dreams! Have a blast and be sure to eat lots of ice cream – because its delicious ;) Remember that nothing is set in stone – you can always change your mind. Do amazing things and when life gets tricky – always look for the silver lining.

Congratulations JTP 2015 Seniors!










Thanks for rocking my socks off! Happy Graduation!

~ Jen

Five Tips for a Planning a Successful Family Portrait Session

Written by Jen on . Posted in We Are Family!

Hello Fall!

We just passed the equinox which means Fall is officially here! Crisp air, snuggly sweaters, boots (my fav!) and scarves, pumpkin picking, apples and cocoa – I heart Fall!

Fall also makes me think of families – it’s the perfect time to pull the family together for a little portrait fun. Mother Nature is painting a beautiful canvas – adding your loved ones can only make it better. Plus, it’s a great time to start thinking of holiday cards and portrait gifts. The sooner we capture your images, the quicker we can create your gorgeous products. Plus, who doesn’t love showing off their fab family to all those holiday guests!?! The timing’s perfect!

Fall Family Portrait, Family Portrait by Lake

So let’s start planning! Even prepping for just Ben and I – Daisy and Bernard have perfect fashion sense and always seem to coordinate with everything ;) – it’s surprising tricky to pull outfits together. So no worries – everyone hits that moment of “Good golly we have nothing to wear!” Deep breath – I’m here to help! Below are 5 tips to stay sane and plan an awesome family portrait session!

View More:
Our lovely little family captured by fellow photographer and friend, the amazing Mandie Haberman of Amanda Red Wedding Photography.

1 – Relax.

Seriously. Like I said, deep breath. This is going to rock and we are going to have a blast. We are going to find you something to wear and you’re going to look fabulous. Stressing and obsession is also bad on the body and the skin. Grab a glass of water, take another breath, and let’s do this. I promise, you’ve got this – and me guide you.

2 – Coordination is key.

It’s not the 90s – we are not looking to match. I honestly don’t want you to match. Even though we are capturing a family portrait, you are still individuals. You don’t need to be wearing the same thing. By coordinating, you’ll look like a family while still maintaining a sense of self. Look for complimentary colors – blues with oranges and yellows, greens with reds and purples. Look to nature – greens, blues, and browns all work well together, because they all present in nature. We aren’t trying to reinvent the wheel here – take a cue from nature and you likely be pleasantly surprised. Blacks and grays with an accent color always look awesome – yellow, blue, reds, teal, purple, you name it. This is one of my favorite combos and is fairly easy – and we like easy. Pick a favorite color, add gray, and you’re set. For Fall, jewel tones tend to be popular – deep burgundy, forest green, navy, plum, mustard, copper – those deeps tones lend themselves well to the season changes. Conversely, if you were planning something for Spring, lighter and brighter tones lend well. During your consultation, we can look at color swatches to help visualize how colors work together.

Larger family grouping can be tricky – sometime sticking with the neutrals and an accent can make things simpler.

Speaking of the deep fall tones, besides looking amazing, darker tones have slimming qualities. Feeling self conscious about your weight? Dark colors visually slim you down. Same with longer sleeves and pants, especially if you have lighter skin. The eye (and your brain) will always go to lightest part of a portrait, so by wearing darker colors and longer sleeves, you force the eye to the face – which in a non-fashion portrait is often our goal anyway. In saying this, I by no means suggest you start wearing all black, all the time. But darker tones – richer colors – will likely be more appealing to you vs white/pastels.

Rocking those deep fall tones!

Once you have an idea for you color pallet, remember that accessories are a great way to mix in your colors. Jewelry, scarves, boots and shoes, hats are all great ways to make your outfits pop. They also add textured which helps bring portrait to life.

3 – Know your goals.

Depending on what you plan to do with the portraits impacts how the session is captured and even how you dress. Looking for a large wall portrait for your living room? Great – what does that room look like? How is it painted, furnished? Is it a formal room or casual? What is it used for? Are we looking for a single focal piece, or a grouping? A formal space done in bold colors lends itself to a completely different outfit than a room meant for relaxing and fun. Beyond clothing choice, when capturing a session, knowing your goals helps me to best capture your family. Photographing for an album is very different than photography for a single wall portrait. Looking to match or coordinate with an existing piece? Let me know so I can keep that in mind. Does your space only lend itself to a vertical portrait? Perfect – I’ll be sure to focus more on vertical grouping. I’m here for you – but not a mind reader. Help a girl out ;)


4 – Know your family.

Nature not your thing? No prob – let’s plan something urban!

Everyone’s family is different, unique, and awesome. Things that might work for other family’s may not for yours. Eat dinner every day at 5p? Than a session at 5p not be the best plan as everyone will be hungry – and being hangry does not lend itself to happy portraitist. Be sure to bring a snack or plan a different time if possible. Have fur babies? Bring a treat or toy they like to help reward and get their attention. Does mom or little Sally frequently get cold? Bring a sweater or gloves to wear between set ups. Not into bugs and nature? Plan a more urban session – being comfortable with your surrounds will show in your body language and expression. Just because grassy fields work well for some doesn’t mean we have to do them for everyone. Have little ones (and this applies partially to fur babies too) – here are some things that will help make family portrait time a success:

- Talking with them and using positive language. Maybe portraits aren’t totally your thing, and that’s ok (though I promise you, this is going to be a blast!) Children feed off of your emotions and feelings. They can tell if something is up. Be relaxed and honest – and with me too. If there is something you have concerns about – weight, clothes, location, your hair, whatever – let me know.

Fall Family Portrait, Family Portrait by Lake

- Remember they are kids. They are going to run around, they are going to act like kids, they might get dirty, they are probably going to act some way you don’t want them to. It’s ok. Children are creatures of habit, and when you change that habit, it’s a big deal. Especially for some kids. Know that this is common – and ok. (This is a big one for fur babies too!)

- That whole creatures of habit thing? Have you ever noticed your child was happier in the morning vs the evening? I’m not talking teens here, but young children especially seem to do better for morning sessions. It’s tricky as most adults need to work in the morning, but you’d be surprised how often we have better success with young children in the morning. If they are so young to still be napping, be sure to chat about what their current nap schedule is looking like and don’t plan something during a normal nap time – they will NOT be happy campers and you can bet they will be sure we all know about it.


5 – Just do it.

It’s easy to come up with a million excuses not to do a family portrait. I need to lose ten pounds, I’m a mess, I have nothing to wear, our schedule is packed, I’m fat, we can’t do weekends, my husband/wife/mother/whomever doesn’t want to, I’ll look better in a couple months… (noticing a theme?) Don’t wait. Women especially are their worst critics. I frequently hear from mom’s “Oh just do the kids – I look fat/dumpy/gross/horrible.” That’s not what I see. And it’s really not what your children and husband sees. They love you. And the awful thing is, life likes to throw you a curve ball. And then it may be too late. When your children look back after you aren’t here to hold them, love and support them, if there isn’t photographic evidence of you to share with future generations, what will your legacy be? They don’t care how you look – they love you and want to be able to remember and cherish you, just like they do now. We are all important to someone. We are all beautiful. You (and your family) deserve to be photographed and remembered.


So don’t wait! I have this feeling fall is going to be shorter than we’d all hope so call today. Let’s get together and brainstorm something fun for your family! I can’t wait to meet you – or see you and your loved ones again :)

(Had to leave you with a peek of our family shenanigans ;) )

~ Jen

PS – Too busy this Fall – or Fall just not your thing? No prob! We can rock family portraits any time – just take a cue from these awesome families!

Summer fun, lounging by the pool at home!

Sweaters in the snow – this is Minnesota after all :)

Blossoms in the spring – GORGEOUS!

The main thing – start talking about it, start planning it, and let’s rock it!

Senior Class of 2015

Written by Jen on . Posted in Seniors, The Class of....

Its summer-time fun-time around here!

So many amazing senior sessions – I’m having a blast with the Class of 2015! So much so, that I’m down to ONE remaining morning session available in August! Once its booked – that’s it for this summer! Sessions are still available for September and October on a limited bases – And fall is already booking! Those pesky yearbook deadlines are already creeping up – and some are sooner than you think! (Though I have to give a giant shout out to Tech High School for EXTENDING their deadline this year! Woohoo – way to go Tech Tigers!) SO! Amazing awesome Seniors in the Class of 2015 – especially those in Central Minnesota – if you haven’t already reserved you session for you senior portraits, DON’T WAIT! It will be too late!

Speaking of amazingly awesome members of the Class of 2015 – I have an incredible group of lovely and talented ladies rocking the JTP Model Rep Team this year! AND – their Model Rep offer is still available to anyone who might be a little on the pokey side booking their senior session – check in with them for details! (Ask to see their App!)

Nikki • Apollo 2015

HS Senior Girl

Whitney • Tech 2015

HS Senior Girl

Abby • Sartell 2015

HS Senior Girl

April • Tech 2015

HS Senior Girl

Gracie • Sauk Rapids-Rice 2015

HS Senior Girl

Molly • Tech 2015

HS Senior Girl

Kelsey • Cathedral 2015

HS Senior Girl

Sara • Sauk Rapids-Rice 2015

HS Senior Girl

Megan • Tech 2015

HS Senior Girl

Tiana • Sartell 2015

HS Senior Girl

It has been wonderful getting to know them, working with them, laughing with them, meeting their families and friends! I’m honored to have them on the team this year! You rock girlies – and so does the rest of the Class of 2015! Don’t miss your chance for an amazing senior experience!

Three weeks left! Happy Summer!

~ Jen

Congratulations Senior Class of 2014!

Written by Jen on . Posted in Seniors, The Class of....

As classes wrap up today, I wanted to take a minute and thank all my amazing Seniors from the graduating Class of 2014! With commencement ceremonies over that past few weeks, you’ve officially graduated, closing one chapter and starting and exciting new one! It has been a blast getting to know each of you – exciting in your accomplishments, cheering you on, sharing laughter and fun! It has been an honor to capture your amazing senior experience – I wish you all the best wherever your journey may lead you!

Congratulations to the Class of 2014!

Class of 2014 Senior Graduation Portraits

Keep in touch – take care – laugh often – travel – be kind – have a blast :)

~ Jen

Lupo – Ruff Start Rescue

Written by Jen on . Posted in Adopt • Rescue, Fur and Feather Friends, The Art of You - Portrait Goodness

For those of you who may remember, our wonderful friends Adam and Katie opened their hearts and home to an amazing foster dog last fall named Smitty.  He was a wonderful pup, and last month he found his forever home!  Congratulations Smitty!!!  This weekend, AK brought home their second foster baby!  Meet Lupo!

Rescue Foster Portrait for Lupo 2014 - Ruff Start Rescue

Lupo is a Feist/Mixed breed, approximately 3 year old, and a lover!

Rescue Foster Portrait for Lupo 2014 - Ruff Start Rescue


He seems very easy going – happy to meet new people and new pups.  On our first meeting, he walked right up – ready to greet me with kisses and ready for love :)

Rescue Foster Portrait for Lupo 2014 - Ruff Start Rescue


I have a feeling he isn’t going to be around for long!  If you’re looking for a wonderful new addition to you home, this is your guy :)

Rescue Foster Portrait for Lupo 2014 - Ruff Start Rescue


For more info on Lupo, visit his page on the Ruff Start Rescue adoption site.  Let’s help this little guy find a great forever home.

Adopt – Don’t Shop

~ Jen

Chocolate Lab Puppy? Yes Please!

Written by Jen on . Posted in Fur and Feather Friends, The Art of You - Portrait Goodness, We Are Family!

Wanted to share a quick peek of my gorgeous model from this morning! Meet Beautiful Bailey!

Jenny, Jake and Bailey Fur Family Portraits 2014

Isn’t she gorgeous! About 14 weeks old and all puppy! What a little bundle of energy – and then she totally crashed! My money’s on her passing out for the rest of the day! I hope for Jenny and Jake’s sake she’s not up all night!

I’m so excited my new red arrived just in time to experiment with this lovely lady! Loving this look – she just pops! After we played some in the studio, we ventured out for something a little more urban :)

Jenny, Jake and Bailey Fur Family Portraits 2014

Totally loving this little Family and their Fur Baby!

Today was a hoot! What a fantastic way to start the week! Happy Tuesday Everyone!

~ Jen

Let the Class of 2015 Interviews Begin!

Written by Jen on . Posted in Promos! Woohoo!, Seniors, The Class of....

I’m super excited for Model Rep interviews for the Class of 2015 to start! (Model Rep interviews?! What are you talking about Jen?!?! See last week’s post for more info!•-class-of-2015/ ) And the first TWO are scheduled for TODAY! Happy President’s Day! I cannot wait to meet these awesome teens for the Class of 2015! AND I can’t wait to start brainstorming some Rep Session fun! Class of 2015 is going to rock!


There’s still time if you haven’t filled out the survey! Take a minute and apply today – you haven’t missed your chance! Don’t wait long though – I’ll be making decisions and finalizing the line up soon!

Looking for the survey?! Find it here:

Don’t be shy – I want to meet you! Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to rock your senior portraits! Apply Now!

~ Jen

Models Wanted • Class of 2015

Written by Jen on . Posted in Promos! Woohoo!, Seniors, The Class of....



Its that time of year again!



I’m on the hunt for the JTP Model Reps for the Class of 2015!



Are you a fun, funky, unique, responsible, awesome member of the Class of 2015?!!



Do you attend a high school in the St. Cloud, MN area?!?



If so, I want to talk to you!



Model Reps receive an amazing Senior Experience and have the opportunity to earn perks towards their order! You’re only a High School Senior once – be sure to rock your Senior Experience in style with Jen Thompson Photography!



Interested?! Want to know more?!? Fill out the survey today!



Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity! Reps interviews will be held in February and March – fill out the application to be considered today! ( Just incase you missed if, you can find the survey here:  Apply today – don’t wait! )



I can’t wait to meet you – we’re going to have a blast! Let’s start brainstorming your incredible Senior Experience today!


~ Jen

10 Fun Winter Engagement Portraits!

Written by Jen on . Posted in Engagement Love, Will You? I DO!

Happy New Year! As if it wasn’t cold enough, apparently Mother Nature has Minnesota confused with Antarctica. Current relative temp with windchill: -34. Ouch.

But its not always so ridiculous cold – and when its not, it makes for some pretty epic portraits :) In the spirit of the new year, and hopefully new blogging resolutions, I wanted to share some of my fun from Charles and Kendall’s wintery engagement session from last year.

We started out formal and sassy – they said I DO! at a Glacial Ridge Winery and it was so fun to include that element. I love this image – they both look so fierce! Can you say power couple!?! Gorgeous!

Couple by Wine Barrels

Then on to some snuggly sweaters – ps, her socks make me swoon!

Engagement Couple Snuggling on Bed

Portrait of couple

Then we headed out to the lake :) ( **Always make sure bodies of water are totally frozen before you go playing on them – be safe!** )

Couple kissing on frozen lake

Can you say cute?!! I love Charles’ expression!

Couple snuggling on frozen lake

We ended with a little cold weather gear fun! Winter accessories are so much fun! Hats, scarves, mittens, blankets, coats, socks, sweaters – all so cozy! And fun – I just love these playful images!

Couple making funny faces in hats

And, of course, more snuggling :)

Sun flare couple snuggling in snow

I’m longing to play outside – here’s hoping this extreme cold snap doesn’t last long. Don’t let winter get you down – it may be chilly but its still an amazing time to plan an engagement session with your bride/groom-to-be. Already said I DO! – NO PROBLEM! Grab your honey bunny, your family, your pooch – heck just you! – and plan some wintery portrait fun! I’d love to brainstorm with you :) Get bundled, get snuggly, and have a blast! (Though, if you’re anywhere in Minnesota, be sure you wait until at least after Wednesday – brrrrr!)

Stay Warm!

~ Jen

Jen Thompson Photography ° Copyright © 2013
320-260-9057 ° ° 620 7th Ave N, St. Cloud MN