Edmonton Family Photographer | Hobbs Photography
I don’t think it’s a secret that we love creating family pictures. It’s how we got our start and we’ve continually explored different ways of making art based around family life. Back in March, Jenna entered some of her work in the Luxembourg Art Prize. Months later, she received news that she had been chosen as one of 11 finalists from around the world. The clock is now ticking and we leave NEXT WEEK to see her work displayed in the Pinacotheque.
Two of Jenna’s family pictures have been selected to be exhibited in the private museum alongside the other finalists.
Much of Jenna’s personal work centers around her life with her five children on their family farm west of Edmonton. Creating a visual diary of her family’s life is an integral part of her day alongside parenting and doing the chores. One of the family pictures that has been chosen comes from that as one of her children hugs the farm’s gentle giant, their mammoth donkey Kiwi.
This photograph is a purely candid moment of a four year old that adores the family donkey.
The second photograph that is waiting for us in Luxembourg was created with an entirely different approach. Inspired by Merle Haggard’s song “Mama Tried”, Jenna created this conceptual self-portrait inspired by real-life moments.
I’ve heard multiple people ask Jenna how she made this picture and specifically how she got the baby to cry. (Do you think she pinched him? lol) When all the kids are feeling cooperative-ish, which is a feat itself, they are each given a job for the picture. In this instance, Jen’s camera is set up on a tripod, she hit the button and had ten seconds to do a mad dash and get into her spot. Each kid gets a treat for their effort. Monty, the baby, wanted his treat when all babies want their treat…right now. When he had to wait, he burst into tears. It was unplanned, but the timing was perfect. A different kind of family picture, but with the same feeling.
This picture is part of an ongoing self-portrait series Jenna is working on. You can see more of her ‘Mama Tried’ series HERE.
We were on Global News yesterday chatting a little bit about Jenna’s entries in the Luxembourg Art Prize and just about our approach to family photography in general. You can see the full segment below.
I couldn’t be more proud of her and can’t wait to be in Luxembourg cheering her on! Thank you so much to everyone for the huge outpouring of support and words of encouragement. We will be sharing our shenanigans in our Instagram Stories and would love for you all to follow along. Here’s our INSTAGRAM so you can join us.