Meet Jen

Jen Magnuson Photography - Visual Stories of Outdoor Adventure Commercial and Editorial Photographer

Jen Magnuson

Shooting winter backcountry adventures on Red Mountain Pass in Colorado with my trusty assistant, Hicker the Heeler (Follow his Instagram @ Hickertheheeler )

Shooting winter backcountry adventures on Red Mountain Pass in Colorado with my trusty assistant, Hicker the Heeler (Follow his Instagram @Hickertheheeler)


About Jen Magnuson

I'm Jen Magnuson, and yes, I do have a face behind that camera that seems to always be in front of it.  In those moments when I set the camera aside, it's probably to make space for puppy kisses, to look around for the next shot, to navigate the next step on some backcountry trail so I can, in fact, keep that face intact, to make space for a karaoke microphone (I can go from Jimmy Buffet classics to '80s rap without blinking an eye!), or to take a sip of craft beer or one of the home brews my husband and I make!

I'm a big fan of viewing life through rectangles, the viewfinder on my cameras, the windshield of my trusty old ‘03 Jeep Wrangler TJ, ski goggles, or cycling glasses (as much as I love mountains, I am a roadie at heart when I am on two wheels)!

I'll take a rainfly over a roof, a sleeping bag over a king size bed, a million star milky way over a 5-start hotel, home dehydrated backpacking meals over gourmet restaurants, and puppies over just about anything.

My guiding principles: No uncomfortable shoes;  adopt; don't shop; go ahead, chase the falling stars; be kind; have fun; the best camera is the one you have with you; always bring the good camera.

Background and Education

I learned SLR photography in the mid-1990s on an old fully manual Nikon that I borrowed from my high school boyfriend.  After wandering through a career in politics, law enforcement, bicycle repair, teaching yoga, and coaching triathletes, I found myself. . . no really FOUND myself, behind the lens again.

I graduated from Boston University's Center for Digital Imaging Arts in 2014 and began shooting with some of the top wedding photographers in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area.

I have since shot for clients including: Race Across America, REI, 6-12-24 Hour World Time Trial Championships, Bike Radar, Business Insider, Richard Branson, the United States Department of Labor, The International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, and the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association. I also share my passion for photography as an instructor for REI's Outdoor School in their Colorado market.

I am a contributing photographer to Aurora Photos and Cavan Images. I serve on the Board of the Colorado Chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers, and am a member of Nikon Professional Services.