Jenna Salvagin Photography
How many people can say they have their dream job? I feel pretty lucky that this statement applies to me. As an extrovert, I get to use my gift of connection to help put my clients at ease in front of my camera. As an artist, I passionately get to document an incredibly important day in the lives of my couples, preserving their story for generations to come. It’s never lost on me how significant and remarkable my work is for others; I’m thankful every day that being a wedding photographer is my calling.
I started my career after I graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2011. I received my BFA in Photography and specifically worked on portraiture and interiors during my years in school. This obviously translated to my eventual wedding work perfectly. Before I made the jump into full-time wedding photography, I worked as a studio photographer for the furniture and antique gallery Carlton Hobbs, was an intern photographer for Brooklyn Museum (my photograph was on their landing website for eight years!), a gallery assistant at BRIC Contemporary Art and nannied all over Brooklyn; all while pursuing my dream of getting my wedding photography business off the ground. It was a lot of work but so worth it.
Now, I now reside in the Hudson Valley and spend my time between the Hudson Valley, New York City, and the Catskills. I have captured many different types of weddings all over the country, and I relish in the diversity I get to experience and document. I am a firm believer in inclusion and enjoy working with clients of all backgrounds, races, gender expressions, sexual orientations, and religions. So be who you are - I’m here for it!
One of the things that make me stand out as a wedding vendor is that I donate a portion of my package price to charity. I believe that using a wedding date to pay it forward in even a small way makes a big difference. In 2016 I started the movement Photographers for Orlando in the aftermath of the Pulse nightclub shooting; which became a nationwide effort from photographers to support the LGBTQ+ community and the victims of the shooting. In that moment, I realized that I could use my photography skills to support larger causes, and I haven’t looked back since. My clients are invited to support either the ACLU, End the Backlog, or the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation.