01.03.17

Personal Branding Shoot
Danielle Walker of Against all Grain

When I was in high school, one of my favorite things to do was dress up my girlfriends and take photographs of them. A couple of decades later and it still is my favorite thing to do! Not only that, I get to team up with my sis (Lindsay Skog) for hair and makeup! I don't think there is anything quite like the feeling you get when you love a photograph of yourself. As much as I prefer being behind the camera as opposed to in front of it, as a brand and a business owner, it's imperative that I share just as much of myself as my work. It seems everywhere you turn people on on their phones communicating or scrolling through a gazillion images on social media. What will be more memorable to your fans? An image of something you made or an image of you? You are the only one with your face and personality and experiences and goals. Just like I am the only one who can give you the Jennifer Skog Experience :)

We are addicted to making women feel confident and beautiful in front of the camera and somehow creating a comfortable atmosphere and capturing authentic personal images is our forte! We love what we do and hope to be a part of your story for 2017!

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You may have seen this beauty a few dozen times in my portfolio. Over the past 10 years, we planned our weddings together, suffered losses together, and built successful businesses together. This woman has survived more than anyone I know and continues to rise. I cherish her friendship and am beyond impressed with her strength, creativity and inspiration. If you don't know her story, go check her out, she's quite inspiring... 3 x NYT Best Selling Author & Speaker, Danielle Walker. Danielle shares her story of beating an auto-immune disease through healthy paleo cooking, recipes and life with her online journal, Against All Grain.

Here are a few favs from our 2016 Branding Shoot together, I swear I could photograph Danielle everyday :)

Styling & Photography // Jennifer Skog
Hair & Makeup // Lindsay Skog with Studio Le Reve, PMA
Location // G2G Collection

Wardrobe includes pieces from Free People, AJ Jeans, Anthropologie,
J. Crew, Madewell, and Joy Dravecky





























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12.29.16

Dont give up your day dream

I'm sitting here still sweaty from my U-Jam class even though I already showered and now my clothes are totally sticking to me. I guess it's nothing a hairdryer, blanket and the heater wont fix :) It reminded me though of how amped I am for 2017 and just overall grateful to be right her, right now. We've got just about everything moved in to our new house here in CA; I've begun decorating in my mind, the kids school and daycare are taken care of and I've finally got my core workouts scheduled. All I feel right now is a sense of relief with excitement running through my veins. It feels good, real good.

I'm not sure if I have told you about U-Jam before, but it is an incredible dance fitness program with sick dance beats from all over the world. I'm crazy addicted to the feeling I have when I'm in my groove and couldn't be more excited to be back under the instruction of my main girl Jollene. A couple of years ago I challenged myself to become an instructor, I did it and am stoked that I did, but I think from here on out, I will leave the instructing to the real pros! Anyway, Jollene always has positive vibes she sends out to her class and today, as our last class together for 2017, she encouraged us to never stop giving up on our dreams. Keep them realistic, but never stop dreaming... this marinated in my head a little. What are my dreams and aren't I already living 'the dream' with a loving family and career doing something I love? Wouldn't it be selfish of me to really want anything more? But she said 'Don't stop' and I can't stop, there is still so much that I want to achieve. And simply because I love what I do, doesn't mean every part of it is actual physical work. And what about the pressure us artists hold on us? Yes, we were given a talent, but what a burden it is constantly trying to be better than your last creation? How heavy is the pressure when your love, your passion, your art, is what pays your bills. As artists so much of what we do is a reflection of our current mood or state of mind. We incorporate our lives into our creative vision, we use pieces we've picked up along the way to create what we create. Art, it's an ever-evolving and no matter how much of it consumes us, it's up to us to continue evolving too.. to keep dreaming and reaching and turning those dreams into a reality.

I do still have a lot of dreams for myself and for my career, often those two things are entwined, but not always. And I don't want to stop, I can't stop. I hope this little tidbit might inspire you too, to never stop dreaming and going after your dream, whatever that may be. Maybe you've lost a little part of yourself along the way as life often takes over and we tend to go straight into auto-pilot. Let's take a few moments to breathe it all in, clear all the clutter and find that little piece of ourselves we've been missing. We are super excited about things to come in 2017 and welcome you into our plans! I can't wait to create more and I can't wait to see what you bring into 2017!

Manifest that shit!!

xx,Jen
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12.27.16

Published in Utterly Engaged Magazine
Dane + Nate's Secret Garden Wedding

The only thing I can do when thinking about this incredible wedding experience is take a huge breath in and exhale. It was so magical it leaves me breathless for a couple of moments. From the minute Dane & Nate booked us for their dream wedding at Carmel's Santa Lucia Preserve, Artist & Designer Dane started sending us her inspiration and ideas. We LOVED Dane's personal style and the fact that she wanted our input in big decision making things like wedding colours and even her incredible jaw dropping Inbal Dror gown. Dane's creative vision of Old World meets Secret Garden was seamlessly coordinated by Elle of A Bride's Best Friend, florist Emily at SoulFlower and Dane's mother, Paula.

The following day, Maria and I spent the day dreaming up our seductive Fashion Bridal Shoot we had scheduled with Dane and Nate the next morning. I took inspiration from venue, flowers and her gown's silhouette for the dramatic hair and makeup. We also used the flowers from the wedding to fashion a dark red bouquet to go with her lip colour.

We could not imagine a more fitting for publication to feature Dane & Nate's Wedding and the 10 page spread has left us completely humbled and SWOONING!!! Thank you Utterly Engaged, you are simply so so stunning.



Photography // Jennifer Skog, Rob Skog, Maria Chang
Hair & Makeup // Maria Chang, PMA
Venue // Santa Lucia Preserve
Creative Direction // Dane Diseth
Wedding Planning // Elle of A Brides Best Friend
Flowers // Emily of Soul Flower SF
Props & Decor // Paula Diseth
Invitations & Paper Goods // Dane Diseth
Photo Booth // Snapcubby
Cinematographer // Ocean House Productions
Cake // Buttercop
Vintage Rentals // True Love Vintage Rentals
Lighting & Rentals // Classic Party Rentals
DJ // Ron Grandia
Band // The Jive Hounds












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12.16.16

Personal Branding Shoot
Grant Parr with Gameface Performance

I got a message from the Senior Varsity Heartthrob - oops! I mean, Quarterback, asking if I was available to do his headshots for his new Consulting Business. I'm not sure we ever actually met, I was a little shy freshman who observed more than anything, but our town has a small town feel to it and somehow over the course of 20 years and mutual friends we ended up being FB friends.

I showed up at his place excited to dig into his story and find out more about his goals for his consulting business and basically catch up on the past 20 years or so. After his football career was cut way too short due to an injury, 2 hip replacement surgeries, and 3 years of disability, he received his degree in Communications, moved on from sports and spent the next 17 years in tech sales.

I can't imagine how incredibly frustrating it must be to be forced to throw in the towel on something you love so much. I often think what would happen if I didn't have a right arm, what the hell would I do? Fortunately, Grant found a way he can still fuel his passion for sports and coaching. He decided to go back to school, got his Master's Degree and has started his own Mental/Sports Performance Consultant business focusing on high impact and combat sports. Moms and Dads, Mental Awareness is HUGE especially when you think about raising a son or a daughter to be a professional athlete. They are one bad play away from being ridiculed on social media or like Grant, an injury away from no longer playing. He's here to up your mental game, go check him out! GAMEFACE PERFORMANCE

Grant, huge congrats on bringing your passion back into your reality and thank you for sharing your story with me. I'm thrilled for you and can't wait to see what you bring to the game. xo








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12.12.16

What are you so afraid of?

I've been home about 3 weeks now and the recent conversations with people I havent' seen in a while have got me thinking.. When I left for Kansas, I was very thin with anxiety, I enjoyed fitting into clothes better, but it got to a point where I couldn't even find jeans that didn't sag in my booty and my neck skin started to sag because I had nothing on me and quite honestly, my head was not in the right space. Fast forward a year a half of being away, some ovary issues, a cranky hip, new meds and well, to say the least I've gained a few of those lbs back. My girlfriend Shannon has been nudging me to get back into my U-Jam class because our instructor Jollene's energy is something I just can't get enough of. I was able to go to a few classes in KC, but the classes were smaller and darker so we couldn't see too much of ourselves in the reflection staring back at us. Not the case in Jollene's class, this ray of sunshine has a bright, positive space to dance away anything on your mind. I kept catching glimpses of myself with disgust 'Ugh, why did I wear this tank top? All I could look at was my flabby, white, lumpy arms staring back in the mirror. I found that every time I just ignored the chick in the mirror, the sexier I felt dancing to the music. It suddenly hit me why so many women don't 'have the guts' to do a photo shoot that is all about them.

I know that I am not happy with the way I look right now and that I don't really care to see anymore of myself than I already do. But nobody else sees the things we hate in ourselves, the things we fixate on and hold against ourselves. Nobody cares about those things, all they want to see is your smiling face dancing to the beat of your own drum.

What if I could show you how beautiful you are? What if we could give you an extraordinary day of beauty, fashion and empowerment? Leave you with a sense of accomplishment, bravery and confidence. Don't you think you deserve this? And hasn't it crossed your mind 'I wonder how I would look doing one of these?'. Aren't you curious? Do you think you can go your whole life not knowing how it feels or how freaking good you might photograph? Do you want to go through your whole life not pushing yourself to take that jump into the uncomfortable. And don't think you need a lover to have yourself photographed. This is a gift for you, this is part of your life story. A little piece of yourself that you can share or hold tightly onto. Our photoshoots can be anything you want, the limits are endless, just imagine as if someone was writing a magazine article about you. This is about who you are when you close your eyes, it's about fantasy and you can be whomever you want to be.

We really don't even know what the call this anymore, because it isn't all boudoir, it's got a bit of lifestyle and fashion mixed in there too. Our production-style shoots are story-boarded, styled and shot like an editorial feature, complete with hair & makeup styling by industry leader, PMA. Collectively, our team will curate a moodboard, collaborate on wardrobe, location scout, and design an incredible photo shoot with magazine worthy photographs show for it. This JENNIFER SKOG EXPERIENCE celebrates the life you created and will leave you feeling beautiful, empowered and craving more!

So the other day, I was chatting with a friend on the phone and I shared that I had been considering doing something with my career for 2 years now. Flabbergasted he said "What are you so afraid of?!!" I was speechless. He's absolutely right, what am I so afraid of? All of could think of is the young girl that was encouraged never to be afraid to pursue your dreams. If anyone can do it, I can. And that is absolutely what I hope you take from this message.

All shoots booked between January and April will receive a special one of a kind gift from yours truly.

xo,
Jen

See our latest work on our new Instagram @SKOGgoneROGUE I can't wait to work on our next project together!




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