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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!




fashion photography, portraits, boudoir photography, intimate photography,self love
soulful portraits, boudoir photographer, jennifer skog, vogue, intimate portrait, mood
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09.19.16

Personal Branding Shoot
with Girlboss Marrin Costello

Last year I dove myself into Sophia Amoruso's incredible book 'Girlboss' and when I mean dove, I mean, plugged my headphones in and listened to the Audible version from Amazon :) I've never been much into reading, I find my mind wanders too much and I just end up frustrated after ready 15 pages and having no idea what just happened. Plus, it's rare that I have quite alone time (or the patience) to sit and read. So, after making fun of my bestie Maria for always having some strange man speaking to her through the speakers when I jump in the car to head to a shoot, I finally gave Audible a try. Although as of right now, I've only listened to female authors lol I just can't seem to be engaged with male voices haha! sorry dudes. lol I have to say that after discovering Audible and books on tape, I feel so much smarter and informed and it's quite entertaining with the right books. Anyway, after 'reading' this '#Girlboss' I've been nothing but inspired by the way Sophia has single handedly influenced so many women to take charge of their lives and thrive! I wont give out too many details, but EVERY woman - and men you can ready it to - to read this book. like asap. Now, I'm obessed with Girlbosses everywhere! and.. Sophia has a podcast @Girlbossradio you should go check out!

Which leads me to my leading lady of today's blog post, Marrin Costello. When I first met with Marrin, I was so inspired by her drive and fire and talent (obvi) that all I kept thinking was what a little bad ass this chick is! I couldn't help but dream up ways to show off this sassy GirlBoss and her business. With her jewelry line getting tons of buzz lately, she needed some current images reflecting her brand, style & new do (she had recently cut off about 12 inches and went blonde!!). I got to team up with one of my makeup artist favs - Camille Goldston to rock this chick out and my sweet friends at Asiel Design were kind enough to share their killer warehouse with us to shoot in! It was an absolute honor to photograph you girl! I can't wait for the next time and #dontforgettoaccessorize !




















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05.16.16

Fashion LookBook Shoot
Gypsy Outfitters

The team and I had a wild time photographing for boho chic clothing & accessories brand Gypsy Outfitters with gorgeous model Mylen. Our client's vision was very free spirited, dirty feet and wind in the hair. Together we chose an intimate little cabin in the Santa Cruz Mountains that had the most amazing creek right out the back door. This was our first time working with Stylist Grace Jeramie and OMG she freaking nailed it! We are so grateful to share our vision and can't wait to shoot more fashion elevating the overall brand with our art!

Brand // Jennifer Skog
Styling // Grace Jeramie of My Style & Grace
Hair & Makeup // Lindsay Skog of PMA
Model // Mylen of Cast Images






























































fashion, fashion photographer, lifestyle photographer, whowhatwear, what I wore, boho, clothing, style
maxi dress, stylist, fashion blogger, gypsy outfitters, outfit inspiration, california photographer
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05.06.16

Personal Branding Shoot
The Sketchbook Series

We were approached by our dear friend, Mary Phan who wanted to a little extra slice of fabulous to elevate her new baby, The Sketchbook Series brand. Former Wedding & Event Designer, Mary has embraced her creativity and began teaching other event planners and designers her unique and illustrious ways of communicating with her clients. Because this is such a personal brand and service, we decided the best place to shoot would be her Alameda studio. She brought all of her favorite pieces and we had a blast with creating different looks embodying what the Sketchbook Series is all about. Whenever I think of Mary, I see a bright effervescent smile and charismatic personality, so we of course had to capture than, but like most artists, she often gets mesmerized within her work and we wanted to also show the calm in her too. I'm so proud of how many people you have already touched and inspired with your talent and first hand knowledge. I got to take a mini sketchbook series class for an Oh So Inspired Retreat I attended and I have to admit, I daydream of pretty prints I could be making - I actually plan to take a class and bring my mom and sis with me for a fun girls day! Check out Mary's travel schedule for a class near you, could be a prefect gift for the creative lover!

Photography & Styling // Jennifer Skog

Hair, Makeup & Styling // Maria Chang, PMA




























branding, headshots, personal branding, brand image, empower, women in business
women empowering women, #girlboss, California photographer, lifestyle photographer, artist, styled, education, canon
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04.18.16

Old Shanghai

Getting a call from the ladies of Old Shanghai to photograph their 2015 Lookbook for their beautifully hand painted silk kimono robes was such a dream come true. I LOVE photographing lookbooks & fashion campaigns, and I just knew that this was going to be such an amazing project. Of course we wanted to capture the luxury and feeling you get when slipping one on, but we also wanted to emphasize just how necessary they are to live a fabulous life! Little luxuries like these soft beauties can only make you enjoy life's simpler things that much more. And who doesn't love something that is so versatile, you can even through it on over a t-shirt and jeans!

I knew when assigning a stylist to the project that I wanted someone with a bold, yet refined sense of style and I just knew Emily Jayne Scott was who I wanted to work with for this! I just love how the robes seem to float on Jossalyn, so soft and dreamy to go with the perfect styling for the mood. I hope you enjoy!


PHOTOGRAPHER Jennifer Skog
STYLIST Em Jayne Scott
HAIR & MAKEUP: Lindsay Skog, PMA
MODEL Jossalyn Nelson with Cast Images


Photographed in all natural light with my Canon 5D Mark II + prime 35mm 1.4 & 50mm 1.2 lenses. Edited using Red Leaf Boutique's Lightroom & Photoshop Presets and Actions


















































fashion photographer, boudoir, kimono robes, silk robe, kimono, dahlia,
intimate photographer, intimate lifestyle, brand photography, lookbook, soft, dreamy, old shanghai, jenniferskog
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