I’m a photographer and storyteller who loves our planet. I have been a photographer since 2003 and it has always been my mission to make a difference in the world through this medium.
Photography is a universal and powerful language. A photograph can incite emotion. It can reveal unknowns. An image can open the mind to new cultures and concepts. Above all, it can inspire.
As a community development manager National Geographic, I help scientists and conservationists share their stories with the world.
Thank you for exploring the world through my images. If you would like to contact me or discuss project opportunities, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Program Manager: Science and Exploration
I am the Explorer Community Development 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.