Hi, I’m Jen and since joining the Glam Gang I seem to be among a select number of remarkable Jens (or Jenns) including our badass photographer, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

I never saw myself as the type to put it all out there. As a young girl, I was timid. I met my husband, the love of my life, at the age of eighteen. He was six years older than me. My mother thought I lost my mind after our first date when I told her that would be the man I would marry, so to cushion the blow I told her he was only 22, lol. Guess I was a bit crazy, crazy genius because by 2003 we were married. I was 23 and we quickly made a life for ourselves by buying a home in South Florida with a REALLY
nice pool.

Life Lesson #1. Condoms and chlorine don’t play well together. I know this because, by August of the following year I was pregnant and a mother by age 25.

I spent the first 5 years of my daughter’s life at home with her doing all the normal toddler things and it was great, but good GOD I hate playdates! My husband and I loved being parents, but we thought we were done, so I went back to work. I started slowly at first, just part-time, but by 2011 I was back at work full-time when I got a sinus infection.

Life Lesson #2: Birth control pills and antibiotics are also not friendly. Keep them apart.

Fast forward I am a mother of two children, separated by 7 years of age. My youngest was born with health problems that kept our family in a loop of hospitalizations and discharges. During this time, I continued to work, but I truly neglected myself and before I knew it, I was 40.

Professionally, I was happy. I am a bit of a Yenta, and I found my calling as a receptionist in a busy doctor’s office where I spend my days chatting with people and learning about their lives. Yet, I was bored with myself. With a capital B. I wanted something new and different and had no idea how to get it. I had tabled a lot of the normal “to-dos” of your youth for most of my twenties and thirties if I am being honest. I never wanted to rock the boat, so I opted to blend in, and I never did anything out of the ordinary. I wore the same shade of highlights for twenty-five years. I wore the same makeup and applied it in the same manner, every day. It got so bad, people thought I’d tattooed my eyeliner. Then I met Jenn.

It was a brief encounter, and we didn’t speak, but a few weeks later I was given a second chance when we randomly met at a hair salon. I didn’t know what she did at the time, but she knew me by my eyes, oddly enough. The same eyes I’d been “tattooing” for the past twenty years. She filled me in on Mirrored Images and got me thinking about doing a boudoir session.
Within a few days, I had scheduled my session.

The entire time I’m posing I was so far in my head thinking “Where am I?” followed by “What the heck am I doing? but Jenn made it easy to drop my guard and the shoot flew by. As I left for the day, I already knew I was hooked. I wanted to do more. Since then, something has awakened in me. I am still a mother of two (healthy) daughters, living in Cumming, GA, and loving
my job, but I have more confidence in who I am. The blond highlights are gone, swapped for a few feet of deep red extensions, I even threw in a new nail shade to match.

Now as a Mirrored Image Woman and a proud member of the Glam Gang, I am amongst some awesome women. It takes a lot of chutzpah to take off all your clothes and run around half-naked in front of a camera. Especially if you’ve got a little more to show off, like me. Being a woman has its peaks and valleys, in more ways than one, but I tell you…it’s AMAZING.