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A Peek Inside with Caroline Jensen

desk station treadmill

1. Exerpeutic 2000 WorkFit High Capacity Desk Station Treadmill: This thing keeps me sane. Walking all day helps to beat the winter blues and also is kinda nice for the rest of me. :) I have back and neck issues, so this keeps my neck from hurting, while also keeping my behind from spreading. It is a win-win. 😀 I can do almost anything on this desk, except detailed painting, which I do curled up on the sofa to do with my Wacom and laptop.

2. Verilux HappyLight Liberty 7.5K Energy Lamp: This too makes me a little less grumpy when walking for miles and miles on the walking desk.

3. 27” iMac

4. Three 3TB Western Digital EHDs (not shown): Back up on back up on back ups!  I also use Crash Plan.

5. 13 in Macbook Pro Retina (not shown): This is my ‘floater’ computer. I use this one for travel, fun, shopping, and occasionally editing.

sony a7

6. Sony a7s and 35mm 2.8

This is my workhorse camera! I am endlessly amazed at the low light capabilities and ease of use. It is tiny and powerful.

7. Abie Strap: I was so excited to find a strap in all my favorite colors….olive, mustard, and burnt orange.

vortex media cards spyder 4 and iphone

8. Warm Cards by Vortex Media

9. Spyder 4

10. My old and beat up iPhone 5s

11. Lensbaby LM-10 Mobile

lensbaby vario tessar sonnar and canon lenses

12. Lensbaby Circular Fisheye: This is a one stop shop for fun! I love this lens for those times I am feeling uninspired. It is sure to make you smile!

13. Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS Wide Angle Zoom Lens: Wicked sharp and super wide….this is my go-to landscape lens.

14. Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Full-frame E-mount Prime Lens: This lens produces the most amazing 3D images! It is also wicked sharp and the colors render beautifully.

15. Vintage Canon ‘Dream Lens’: You will have to hunt to find one of these! This pristine model was pried out of the hands of some very nice camera gurus at The National Camera Exchange in Golden Valley, MN.

lensbaby lenses

16. Lensbaby Composer Pro and all optics + macro converters: Words cannot describe how much I love all of these lenses! I use something from this kit nearly everyday.

sony qx100 sony a6000 and sonya7r cameras

17. Sony Qx100 Lens Style Camera: This fun lens is also a camera. It connects to my iPhone so I can make higher quality images anywhere.

18. Sony a6000: This is the “husband and kid” camera. It is blazing fast and super easy to use. I often pair it with the 35mm or the 55mm.

19. Sony a7r: Need high quality files suitable for massive prints? This is your camera. I use this one whenever I know I will need to crop or print very large.

20. FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS Full-frame E-mount Zoom Lens

Vanguard tripod and Sedona camera backpack

21. My Alta Pro 254CT tripod and BBH-100 ball head work acrobatics that I couldn’t dream of managing on my own.

22. I need great support when carrying my gear and my Sedona 51 Camera Backpack serves my needs beautifully! I have been known to carry all my gear, the contents of my purse, and three changes of clothing in my camera bag to save time at the bag carousel, and yet this bag is also amazing for a long hike on rough terrain.

23. Sony rx100III (not shown—I forgot to take it out of the bag.): This little camera is amazing and it is our ‘car camera.’ It lives in my purse or on my husband’s belt. It has great image quality and some really fun features that make a hot commodity in our home. The kids even reach for this camera when we are not looking!

5 things you may not know about me:

  1. I live on century farm near the place where Laura Ingalls Wilder lived as a child.
  2. I have moved 38 times in my life.
  3. I have an obscene amount of loose tea and the Teavanna workers know me by name.
  4. I saw my husband in person exactly twice before we got engaged.
  5. My husband sold his motorcycle so I could buy my first camera.
Caroline JensenCaroline Jensen, Minnesota
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Caroline Jensen, a Sony Associate Artisan of Imagery, is a photographic artist living on the prairie. Her favorite things include cozy nights in front of her natural wood fireplace, an expansive tea collection, and read alouds with her children. Photography is her expressive outlet and features emotive black and white portraiture, unique macro work, and colorful landscapes. Her gear includes her Sony a7s, vintage lenses, and her favorite Lensbaby lenses that express her photographic voice perfectly. She has been featured in the magazines: Dreamer Journal, Sony Alpha Universe, and numerous times in Click magazine, including freelance work for Adobe. Her work has been featured in a long running gallery show at Shop 88 Fine Art in Scottsdale, AZ as well as on the packaging of the Lensbaby Sweet 50 lens. She teaches three popular workshops where she encourages creativity through both traditional and mobile photography: Shooting 301: The Art of Observation, Processing 202: Communicating with Color and Light, and Shooting 107: The Art of Mobile Photography.

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36 Comments

  • Nina says:

    You had me at “limes & salsa”. :) Can’t wait to see your new studio!!

  • Kimberly says:

    Amazing! I love seeing the inner lives of other photographers . I envy your lenses and might have to steal your perfect comment of “Who needs diamonds when you have lenses” because I agree 100%, thank you for sharing with us!

  • next time I want to see you in front of the fire <3 can't wait for your workshop Caroline! loved getting a peek inside your life :)

  • Jess Harms says:

    YAY! LOVED learning more about you Caroline. :)

  • Loved learning more about you, Caroline! And I think we need to hear more about your engagement story!!! xo

  • Megan Dill says:

    “Who needs diamonds when you have lenses?” Love it!

  • Dani says:

    Loved getting a peak into your home and photo “life” Caroline!! I want to see more of your house!! <3

  • Sarah Vaughn says:

    Wonderful Caroline! And I agree – totally curious about your engagement. Loved seeing a bit into your day. <3

  • Jo Clark says:

    Loved this Caroline! Your old school light meter cracks me up. I adore your work and your style so much and really enjoyed this little glimpse inside your bag and work space, ahem…couch, bed, desk, lap… :)

  • Adele Humphries says:

    I’m with you on the lenses over diamonds thing :) Love your homemade desk and assortment of cameras!

  • gigi says:

    Lens (and airstream) envy is kicking in Caroline! I think there should be a follow up piece on your engagement though. :)

  • My favorite of posts are seeing the inside looks, peeks inside, or behind the scenes. It’s like we all get to snoop in your camera bag and office!!

  • Sara says:

    Great to read more about you, Caroline! I love that you had only met your husband twice… that’s amazing! Now, I’m on to read more about Dandy Blend (trying soooo hard to kick my addiction).

  • Caroline, i loved getting to know you a little better and also to have a peek into your “bag”. :) I adore your work and always find it such a privilege when the artist shares a piece of her life. Thank you. <3

  • Anne says:

    I am drooling over your lenses, but I’m consoling myself over the fact that they don’t fit on my camera anyways :giggle Loved this peek into your life, Caroline !

  • Renee says:

    Love the vintage cameras. I just received a hasselblad 500c and am so excited to try film (too bad I just started a PP class, I will be very distracted!) Btw, I love your art!

  • Tina says:

    Look at all those red rings on your lenses…..swoon! yes, how did you not see your husband more than twice before you got engaged?

  • Amy says:

    It was wonderful to read about your Caroline! Congrats on the 301 class! VERY exciting! I am also intrigued about the “I saw my husband in person twice before we got engaged” fact! You need to elaborate!

  • I’m a Caroline Jensen fan- delighted to see that she is currently working just on a laptop like me and doesn’t have a studio! But oh the cool gear! And ditto on the engagement story! Internet dating? Arranged marriage?

    • LOL! We met when I was on tour with a traveling choir and we had two in person dates before we got engaged. We lived 5 hours apart. I’m afraid it is nothing so exciting as an arranged marriage! His cousin was on tour with me and I told him he needed to find me a boyfriend. He found me a husband, lol! I guess when you know, you know. <3

  • Kira says:

    You seriously only saw him twice before you became engaged!? So funny, makes me want to know details. What an awesome variety of lenses!

  • Love your camera collection my friend!! I loved reading this!

  • I loved all this Caroline (also a huge lime/salsa freak!!!!!). <3 Now I want to know more, haha

  • PenelopeNY says:

    Wait…how did you only see your husband twice? Did you date long distance, or were you arranged?? This is fascinating!

  • Marsha says:

    Great peek!! I too love limes and salsa. Drinking green tea right now with a lime squeezed in.

  • Jaimi L says:

    You had me at “Who needs diamonds when you have lenses?” YES! Then you clinched it with limes and salsa every day – I need to take a drive over from SD and meet you IRL!

  • Ligia says:

    Caroline, you rock my socks!! No really, your work is so amazing and so truly artistic!! I cannot wait until I’m at a level to do some mentoring with you. And I too love limes and salsa, mostly limes, I cannot eat salad without it.

  • Emily says:

    Caroline, you are AMAZING!! I loved learning more about you and I love that you live in the upper mid-west….not too far from me. It’s nice to know there are some other CMs dealing with this crazy-long winter too. 😉

  • Bonnie says:

    … photographer AND beekeeper?? :) Really enjoyed your talks in the Watch Us Edit breakout! Such creativity!

  • Oh, I loved learning more about you, Caroline. Only two dates?! Wow! I absolutely adore you and your work! I want to visit and eat chips and salsa. It’s one of my favorite snacks!!

  • Liz says:

    So awesome to see how you work your magic Caroline!!

  • Ellen LeRoy says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your Abie Strap. I hope it helps your neck out a little with the wider strap and padding. I appreciate all your help in supporting our mission.

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