My photo journey started after getting a camera to document wolves in 2008, and my first real shoot was on a practice rodeo course outside Prescott, Az. in 2009.
I shot for years throughout my travels in auto mode developing my “eye” but had no real sense on how to technically work my camera. That all changed when I started taking classes at the Los Angeles Center of Photography in 2018. At LACP, I was able to take workshops with master L.A. street photographers from Estevan Oriel to Ibarionex Perello. I took classes in everything from basic photography, TTL flash photography to studio and private lessons in professional work flow, Photoshop, Lightroom, street photography and eventually over time, developed my skills into becoming a professional photographer.
I have been mentored by former LACP Executive Director, Julia Dean and by former Entertainment Weekly photo editor, Michele Romero.
My focus is on-set stills photography, music, live entertainment events, portrait and I also shoot regular people too! I shoot everything from large production shows, major motion pictures and Grammy award winning artists to small show productions that I do research on that no one has ever even heard of.
I have three professional Canon cameras- An EOS 1DX, EOS 1DX Mark 3 and a EOS R5 along with an array of lenses, flashes, blimps, backdrops, stands, umbrellas and some studio equipment. With the help of my cameras, I have been able to get the timing and experience down to capture sports shots and have the lenses to get the close ups of your favorite actors and musicians. I know when someone is about to do something before they do it and have the knowledge of what settings to use for what kind of lighting, what kind of action and everything in between.
I love to tell a story through my lens and let the viewer into the world that is being captured. Sometimes crazy, sometimes incredible but always interesting!
Thanks for visiting!
– Jennifer McCarthy (AKA Calamity Jen)
*Member: American Society of Media Photographers