I’m Jen Uthoff, owner of Studio 1020, and I’m located in northeast Iowa.
I photograph newborns and babies in my home and everything else on location.
I photograph maternity, newborns, kids, families, and weddings. I love everything I photograph, but newborns and babies are probably my favorites.
I’ve always been a Nikon shooter. My first camera was a Nikon, so when I upgraded it was an easy decision to stick with Nikon! I currently shoot with a D600.
My absolute favorite lens is my 50 mm f/1.8 – I use it for just about everything! I also love the 105 mm f/2.8 macro for detail shots of newborns and weddings.
I think it’s extremely important to know how to handle both natural and studio light. I personal use studio light for newborns and babies in my home studio, natural light when I’m outdoors on location, and both natural light and studio light for weddings.
I graduated from the Professional Photography program at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa. It’s an AMAZING program!
I find inspiration in a lot of different places. Nature, my daughter, music – inspiration is everywhere! I find a lot of encouragement in looking at my past work and seeing how far I’ve come and how I’ve grown as an artist. I just strive everyday to be a better photographer than I was the day before. There are so many photographers I look up to – it’s inspiring to see passionate people living their dreams!
I love being able to capture real moments! Newborn yawns and sleepy smiles, a kiss stolen between bride and groom, toddlers dancing at a wedding reception… it’s the most amazing feeling!
I’m still new to the photography business – but my tip for budding photographers is practice, practice, practice! Have that camera in your hands every day. Play with different settings on your camera. Read your camera manual. Don’t compare yourself to others. Never stop learning.
I just use the tried and true tips I was taught! Full tummies, tight wraps, a warm studio, white noise, a lots of shushing 🙂
I would just like to see my company continue to grow! I’d like to increase my clientele and be able to get a bigger studio space.
I love Custom Photo Props! It’s my #1 place for wraps and furs – seriously, they are the best! Incredible selection, awesome sales, fast shipping, the softest furs… I can’t say enough about how much I love CPP!