Hi, I'm Jennifer Regnier.
But now that we're friends, you can call me Jen. Born and raised in the Great White North (aka Canada), I moved to the US in 2014 to live with my hubby in Chicago while he was finishing medical school. After continuing a financially successful but unfulfilling career in sales for a few years, I quit in search of something more. I have ALWAYS loved photography, and had 4 beautiful models at home to practice on (3 dogs and 1 husband). It turns out that with a whole lot of dedication, a whole lot of online education, an endlessly supportive family, and a few amazing mentors and friends along the way, you can become just about anything you set your mind and heart on.
After a few years of endless studying and assisting, I officially started Jennifer Regnier Photography in 2017 when we moved to San Diego, California. It has been by far the most challenging and rewarding endeavor of my life. I’ve dabbled in pretty much every kind of photography you can think of along the way, which has allowed me to perfect my style. What I am NOT is a typical portrait photographer. I don’t want you standing in a line, putting on your fake photo smile with your arm awkwardly draped over your sister’s shoulder. I fully believe that you are at your most beautiful when you are being your amazing, natural, actual self. That means you’ll be moving. You’ll be running. You’ll be dancing. You’ll be kissing (where appropriate…don’t be weird). And you’ll be laughing. Because the story is so much more interesting when there’s real life involved. And yes, you’re going to feel awkward at first. But trust me, by the end you’ll be wishing you’d done this ages ago.
Lending a Helping Hand
Dogs Need Homes
Thanks to my amazing, Emmy award-winning friend Bree Steffen for filming this expose on my volunteer photography at the San Diego Humane Society during COVID.
My Passion Projects
San Diego Humane Society
My love of animals, and particularly dogs, was my initial inspiration to become a photographer. I've been volunteering at the Humane Society in San Diego since moving her, and in Chicago before that. I love donating my skills to help these amazing pups find a forever home.
Front Porch Project
Photographers around the country united to document the truly once-in-a-lifetime experience of the initial COVID-19 quarantine. I was able to raise money for local charities, while capturing the love that held families together during these challenging times.
My Favorite Boys
Starting a business from scratch is hard work, especially for a creative who just wants to take some amazing photos. I couldn't have accomplished any of this without the endless support from my husband, Shane, and our three fur babies, Buddha, Bob & Tony. They're also my favorite subjects.