Jen Shook Headshot

Hi! I’m Jen. My mission is to enrich people’s lives through  photography and storytelling. I have been shooting since 2003 and since then, I have met and worked with incredible people around the world.

My husband, Jon, and I often shoot together. We love getting to know our clients and celebrate special milestones in their lives through photography. We photograph weddings, baby showers, and shoot professional portraits.

I also work for the National Geographic Society, where I’ve been lucky to work with and learn from some of the best photographers in the world. In my role there, I help Explorers share their stories with the world through science communication training, content creation, and community experiences. I am passionate about supporting science and conservation, so you can often find these types of images on my site and on Instagram.

Thank you for visiting my site. If you would like to contact me or discuss project opportunities, please send me an email at jenshookphotography@gmail.com.



Online Publications

Celebrating the Rich Biodiversity of Baja in Pictures   -National Geographic Voices

Planning a Picture-Perfect Adventure    -National Geographic Your Shot

Biodiversity Gold    -National Geographic Voices

Natural Wonders Bucket List    -National Geographic Education


A little more about me:

March 2015 – Founded Jen Shook Photography, LLC.

June 2013 – Present, National Geographic: Science and Exploration

I am the Explorer Community Development Sr. Program Manager at National Geographic. I work to connect our global community of National Geographic Explorers through digital resources, meet ups, science communication trainings, conferences and public speaking events, and content opportunities.

June 2012 – June 2014, VRW Photography, Freelance Assistant Photographer

Assisted lead photographer with weddings as a second shooter. Responsible for location scouting, equipment set up, assistance with lighting, posing, etc.

Jan. 2012 – June 2013, National Geographic Learning Coordinator

Acted as a liaison between National Geographic Explorers and editors. Managed explorer photographic and multimedia assets. Worked with explorers to highlight their NGOs and Non-profits through NGL print and digital platforms.

Mar. 2011- Dec. 2011, National Geographic Image Collection,  Assistant Photo Librarian

Responsible for researching copyright permissions for archival photographs; performing all aspects of photo fulfillment including logging content in the photo database and preparing original photographic prints and art to be scanned by the Nat Geo photo lab; creating and verifying database records for images published in the early 1900 editions of National Geographic Magazine.

Jan. 2011- Mar. 2011, Smithsonian Institution Archives Volunteer

Scanned archival photos; cataloged, entered metadata, and entered legends for each photo into the archival database; ensured the integrity, and  preservation of each photo throughout the fulfillment process.

Jan. 2007- June 2009, National Museum of Costa Rica Field Tech and Photographer

Assisted with field work and the recovery of 11 human skeletal remains. Acted as the official site photographer, and created a documentary film about the archaeological discovery for the museum.

Aug. 2007- May 2008, University of Miami Ibis Yearbook Photo Editor

Received Gold Crown Award for photography; generated creative photo concepts; set up and assigned photo shoots; edited photos through Photoshop; ensured integrity of color and  caption information; met deadlines; researched and acquired archival photos and permissions; assisted office staff; coordinated staff calendars, answered phones, wrote correspondence, shipped items, documented pay roll; implemented and trained staff on photo filing system.

Aug. 2007- Dec. 2007, National Parks Services Student Photographer

Photographed National Parks in Georgia, Florida, and California for the National Park Service’s internal website.

Aug. 2003 – Mar. 2015 – Freelance Photographer