a peek inside | caroline jensen

It’s time for another edition of our ‘peek inside’ series and today we have CMmentor Caroline Jensen sharing her world with us!  Caroline is known for her soulful photography and is the instructor for one of CMU’s upcoming new online workshops, Shooting 301: The Art of Observation.  Please enjoy your glimpse into Caroline’s life!

a peek inside | caroline jensen

Someday soon my new studio will be built and I will have a lovely and professional work station. For now I have a “floating office” which is a fancy way of saying I do most of my work on my bed or the kitchen counter and  I actually do not work at a desk! I have a neck that can’t take sitting for long periods and therefore I work with my laptop on various surfaces throughout the day. My favorite spot is on the floor in front of my fireplace on a cold, winter’s night.  So, with that said, here is where my laptop lives when I am NOT using it. It parks on this desk where it can backup to it’s EHD every night.

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1.Soon-to-be-replaced laptop

2.Hand-made desk which stores film negatives.

I cannot live without my Dandy Blend Dandelion “coffee” with Hazelnut syrup.

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3.Favorite mug and dandelion coffee.

Who needs diamonds when you have lenses?

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4. 100L  f/2.8 macro

5. 135L f/2

6. 85L f/1.2

7. 35L f/1.4

8. Lensbaby Composer Pro with Edge 80 attached

Not shown: Canon 5D Mark II (used to take images) and other Lensbaby lenses (macro converters, Sweet 35,  and Soft Optic)

Traditional Film Cameras:

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9. Canon Film Rebel (shown with 35L attached)

10. Pink Holga

11. Speed Graphic 4×5 sheet film camera

Not shown: film developing gear and film scanner

Miscellaneous gear:

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12. Cord for camera to computer transfer

13. extra CF cards

14. Sekonic Studio Deluxe meter

15. ExpoDisc

The “Fun Camera” for when all else fails…

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16. Polaroid Land Pack Film Camera (103 model)

My camera bags:

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17. CM Ketti Bag–LOVE!!!

18. Large Tamrac Bag

Five things you may not know about me:

1. I now live on a century farm near where Laura Ingalls lived.

2. I have moved 38 times in my life.

3. Dandy Blend “coffee”is my favorite beverage (see image above).

4. I saw my husband in person twice before we got engaged.

5. My favorite foods are limes and salsa and I eat them every, single day.

a peek inside | caroline jensen photoCaroline 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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34 Responses to “a peek inside | caroline jensen”

  1. Mar 11 2013 at 12:31 pm #

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

    • Mar 11 2013 at 2:44 pm #

      Thank you, Nina. Some day we will have to chill out and watch some movies with some homemade salsa. :)

      • Mar 11 2013 at 4:05 pm #

        Sounds good to me! :)

  2. Kimberly
    Mar 11 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    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!

  3. Mar 11 2013 at 2:40 pm #

    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 :)

  4. Jess Harms
    Mar 11 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    YAY! LOVED learning more about you Caroline. :)

  5. Mar 11 2013 at 2:45 pm #

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

  6. Mar 11 2013 at 2:47 pm #

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

  7. Mar 11 2013 at 2:47 pm #

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

  8. Mar 11 2013 at 2:48 pm #

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

  9. Mar 11 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    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… :)

  10. Adele Humphries
    Mar 11 2013 at 2:55 pm #

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

  11. Mar 11 2013 at 2:59 pm #

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

  12. Mar 11 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    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!!

  13. Sara
    Mar 11 2013 at 4:13 pm #

    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).

  14. Mar 11 2013 at 4:36 pm #

    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

  15. Mar 11 2013 at 5:10 pm #

    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 !

  16. Mar 11 2013 at 5:46 pm #

    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!

  17. Tina
    Mar 11 2013 at 6:17 pm #

    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?

  18. Mar 11 2013 at 7:17 pm #

    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!

  19. Mar 11 2013 at 7:36 pm #

    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?

    • Mar 11 2013 at 9:05 pm #

      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

  20. Kira
    Mar 11 2013 at 8:50 pm #

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

  21. Mar 11 2013 at 10:41 pm #

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

  22. Mar 12 2013 at 12:12 am #

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

  23. Mar 12 2013 at 12:43 am #

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

  24. Marsha
    Mar 12 2013 at 9:07 am #

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

  25. Mar 12 2013 at 11:40 am #

    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!

  26. Ligia
    Mar 12 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    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.

  27. Emily
    Mar 19 2013 at 11:05 am #

    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. ;)

    • Apr 23 2013 at 11:20 pm #

      I know, right? Crazy weather this year! :)

  28. Bonnie
    Mar 19 2013 at 8:50 pm #

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

  29. Oct 25 2013 at 12:17 am #

    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!!

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