Dear Photographer featuring Mountain Pearl Photography


This image was taken a month after purchasing my first DSLR, June 2010

Dear former Jen,

As cliche as it sounds, never give up. Just because you make a mistake, it doesn’t mean that you have failed, or that you’ll never be able to accomplish things you have your eye set on. Also, no matter how down you might feel at times, always remember– “this too shall pass.”

You’re going to stumble, you’re going to fall (a lot), but so long as you get back up and keep doing you- you’ll be fine.

You don’t realize this, but your family is going to be the most important thing you’ve ever done in your entire life. They’re going to be what shapes and forms you into the woman you will become. Embrace it. Allow it to define you, but not as a mother or a wife, per say, but as a woman who is surrounded by an amazing amount of beauty every single day. Take this beauty, capture it, and share it with the world- it, and you, will be much better for it.


About the photographer:

I am the wife of a mountain man turned registered nurse, the mama to four beautiful and hilarious children, a birth doula, and a marketing guru residing in gorgeous western Montana. I have a love for delicious food, strong coffee, milk chocolate, an intriguing book and infectious laughter. I am happiest at home with my family, but making photos is a close second.

10 Facts with Facebook Guest Judge 12/21 – 12/27 | Mountain Pearl Photography


Hello! My name is Jen and I am the face behind the camera at Mountain Pearl Photography, an on-location portrait, wedding, and birth photographer located in the gorgeous Missoula-valley of western Montana. I have been shooting on a Sony since 2010, with my go-to lens being my precious 85 1.4. I am extremely excited to be this week’s guest judge over at Dear Photographer this week!

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10 Fun Facts About Me:

  1. I am a wife and a mama to four hilarious children.
  2. I am a birth doula.
  3. I have a marketing and design company.
  4. I grew up on Long Island, NY but have lived in Montana for 10 1/2 years.
  5. I love chocolate, maybe a little too much.
  6. I love pizza more than chocolate (could be considered a problem).
  7. I love to sing, but probably shouldn’t.
  8. All of our children were born at home with a midwife.
  9. I cry at every single birth I attend.
  10. I love black and white images so much.




Can’t wait to see your photos – Jen