HUDSON - Formerly working in wedding planning and catering, Jenny Loew started pursuing photography professionally about three years ago, when a friend asked her to help shoot a wedding. That one experience sparked a path to her own studio.
"I've always wanted to find a space to create," Loew said.
She found it in shared studio space at 511 Second St. with fellow photographer Jamie Schultz. Loew had been looking for a space, but wasn't quite sure what she was looking for. Still, she began to share the idea out loud, and through that, found an opportunity with Schultz.
Since starting in January, the space has been a dream for Loew, who works to combine photography with hospitality. With a studio space, she has a place to welcome clients.
"I really like that it offers an opportunity to host people and also serve them through photography," Loew said.
She also likes being in Hudson, her home for the last eight years.
"To have the studio in the historic downtown is more than I could have asked for or dreamed," Loew said.
From her start with wedding photography, and after venturing into a variety of other types of photography, Loew has found her focus in female entrepreneurship and motherhood and young families. The focus reflects her own life as a business owner and mother of two.
"It's who you identify with or how you see the world," Loew said.
All her sessions include hair and make up, and she is working on amassing a wardrobe for clients.
"They just don't have to think about all that," Loew said.
Much of her work is event-based. She hosts regular Headshot Happy Hours for women professionals. The event is designed to create a fun and relaxing way to get professional headshots. Loew partners with the nearby Vocha Beaut Bar and Viva Voce Salon to offer hair and makeup alongside the session.
"The idea of hosting people and collaborating, it's just really fun for me," Loew said. "I like being a part of a team."
Over the years, Loew said she has grown to love the process of interacting with her subjects, and getting them to interact with the camera.
"I am very invested in trying to get interaction and connection between the people that are in my photos and between me and them," Loew said.
One of her favorite parts of the process, though, is when she gets to sit down alone at her computer and edit. For Loew, it's rewarding to see the final images, and then to be able to share them with their subjects.
"My goal is to kind of create a timeless look," Loew said. "I really want these to be iconic images that really last."
Loew will host two grand opening events for her new studio, an open house on Saturday, April 21 and mini sessions on Saturday, April 28.