Posts Tagged ‘Jonker-Portraits’

Celebrate the Joy of being a Woman

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

I’m sure there are many of you out there who are as uncomfortable as I am when having a portrait taken of yourself. I can almost feel a camera aim before I even see it, and have a very hard time relaxing in front of them.

Working as a photographer I see it all the time. Some people are comfortable and have fun in front of the camera, while others like me are just the opposite. It seems that the older we get (especially women), the more we shy away from cameras. I think that it’s a sad thing when we get to be so critical of ourselves, so I have been inspired to do something to celebrate this time in a woman’s life.

I made myself do some self-portraits for two reasons. First of all, all of my favorite artists and mentors do or did self-portraits, and I have always planned on doing them in my life. And secondly, if I ask my clients to be brave, and have their portraits taken when they get to be my age, then I need to be the first to do so as well.

So ladies—here are my results, and I would love to have you be next! So lets celebrate the joy of being a woman!


“My boyfriend calls me his pin-up”

Friday, June 8th, 2012
































On a recent break from school we did a “pin-up” photo-shoot as a gift for my daughter Allissa’s boyfriend Patrick.  “He always calls me his pin-up” she said. So we went to work looking at old vintage pin-up photographs and paintings.  Gil Elvgren was our favorite painter. We loved so many of his images that we had a hard time narrowing down our ideas.  The image above was our end result that Lissa signed like a movie star and gave to Patrick. We created several other sets along the vintage movie star theme and a few of my favorite images are following.  What a fun playtime.  I love doing creative sessions.






























































Alternate artistic interpretation




























Wednesday, May 16th, 2012


During the time I spent in Equador visiting orphanages with an organization called Dando Amor, one of the main things that moved me while spending time at the orphanages was the dedicated love of the workers and its obvious effects on the children. There are many young volunteers from the United States as well as Ecuadorians working with the children everyday. These children have come from many abusive situations and they are crying out for love. In these images you can see some of the American volunteers with the handicapped children and the Ecuadorians working tirelessly in the kitchens and on the grounds. The heartbreaking piece is there are not enough of them to go around. There is such a need for more people to work with and love these children. You can help this become a reality by donating. This is one way your loving hands can reach around the world through someone else. The funds go 100% to the needs of the children.

MN Blizzard

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

This session was actually planned last summer.  Tenley, my beautiful subject loves the snow and wanted her portrait done in the middle of our Minnesota winter.  We mutually agreed to be on hold and available when the perfect snow storm would happen.  That blizzard happened for us on Monday.  She braved driving in the storm to get here and we had a wonderful session inside and out, more to come…

Welcome to my Blog,

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Hello Everyone.  This is my first entry.

I am hopeful that this blog will be a way to keep in touch with all of you.

It has been a joy creating portraits for so many people over the last 15 years.  If anyone reading doesn’t know, I am located in Apple Valley, Mn.

My plan is to share some of the ‘art’ part of Jonker Portrait Gallery as well as the photographic art. I hope to be an inspiration to those who read.

I am usually working on multiple projects at once, so I will try and share some of what I am working on to give you a window into the happenings at Jonker Portrait Gallery.