Rover Exposed is a dream many years in the making, even if Jenna didn’t always have a clear vision for the sort of photography she’d “focus” on (pardon the pun).
Even longer than Jenna has loved photography, she’s loved animals. She considers herself “highly suspicious of people without pets.” She’s shared her life with a tamed (toilet trained) feral cat, a Chihuahua at one end of the spectrum and a giant Akita at the other, the world’s coolest Guinea Pig, and a bevvy of other kitties, ratties, hamsters, and even a singing budgie who knew the theme song to Bonanza. She now lives with her
hilarious, snorty, gaseous (World’s Most Expensive®) Pug and Pug mix, Wallace and Gromit, a Foxhound and fiery redhead named Ginger, an elderly Siamese/tabby Mochi, a hilarious cat named Miss Cleo who prefers living in a closet, and an obese, slightly broken, fluffy rescue kitty named Maisey.
New to Portland a few years ago, her love affair with photography was heightened thanks to the surrounding scenery, lifestyle, and friends. One studio space later, wondering what to do, the natural subject to practice with was her dogs. And as it turned out she really loved it. She started bringing in other dogs, and the idea for Rover Exposed was hatched!
How amazing, to be in a studio space, playing with a dog, getting lots of kisses and cuddles, giving lots of treats, and getting to know all about the pet and their quirks and personality, and then bringing that personality to life in a still photograph. From hilarious dogs to refined kitties and cute little squeaky pets – it’s like adding a new companion to her life every time she meets a new pet.
Jenna cannot imagine her life without pets, hers or yours, and she looks forward to sharing her fuzzy/cute/drooly/snorty/hilarious adventures with you all.
Jenna can also be found photographing weddings alongside her friend Ara, whose Portland/San Francisco/and beyond based wedding photography business, Aralani Photography takes the two all over the country.
Whether she’s hunting a rare waterfall, sneaking up on a flower, sitting down to an amazing meal, or frolicking on a beach at sunset, Jenna is always planning her next adventure. She has started a collection of “jump shots” with her friends at recognizable locations around the country, so next time you’re at a National Park and see a group of 30-somethings jumping (again, and again, and again) for the camera, it might just be her. She’s an excitable girl who loves a good story – and can probably tell you one in return.
the last name is a doozy: Jenna Van Valen (yep. two words.)