After completing a studio art degree at Colby College in 2006, I (Jen) captured my first wedding in 2007. Always a student of my own craft, I jumped head first into learning everything I could about photography and running a business. After moving to Iowa in 2008 as a newlywed, it was clear it would take some time to build connections and build a business.
Throughout 2010-2011, things began to take off! I continued to photograph weddings, and began to photograph senior portraits. After participating in several workshops and online courses, I finally launched my own website and the JWP Facebook page! At the time, this was a BIG deal! I joined PPA, WPPI, the local Grinnell Chamber of Commerce
After much thought and consideration, in 2012, I left my former job to focus full-time on building Jennifer Weinman Photography. About two months after announcing this to the public, I found out I was pregnant with my first baby! From the get, this business has always been family oriented, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Building a business while growing a family has been a blessing for me in so many ways!
From 2012-2017, JWP was focused primarily on wedding photography and senior portraiture. However, with many recent newlywed having babies, the inquiries for newborn portraits and family portraits increased! At long last in 2017, I finally began offering newborn portraits to my clients. During this entire time, I operated JWP from my home, meeting clients and holding newborn sessions in a small private studio space in my basement. While it definitely worked for a season and was convenient while my own children were small, I was fast outgrowing the space. I also wanted to offer a more cohesive experience to all of my JWP clients...and so it was with great excitement that I happened upon the perfect opportunity to open a studio space in Grinnell!
The JWP studio moved out of my basement and into a beautiful loft space in downtown Grinnell at the start of 2018. With room for newborn sessions, indoor portraits for seniors, and a more spacious client meeting space, we hosted our grand opening in April of 2018!
We also officially marked the beginning of our JWP associate program in 2018! With a huge growth in demand for wedding photography, it was the right timing to grow our team to add our first associate - Alley! With 2018 marking close to 30 weddings between myself and Alley, plus numerous portrait sessions, it was one of our biggest years yet.
Throughout the year, we re-evaluated and decided to shift things for 2019 and so currently we are accepting applications for our associate program once again! We can't wait to see what the future brings as we continue to grow our associate team of photographers!