clickinwalk | one member’s experience

clickinwalk | one member’s experience

There is something about fall.  Never does change feel as good as stepping outside and breathing in something so lovely for the first time each year.   The crisp sweet air, turning and falling leaves, sweatshirts, Uggs, comfort foods…traditions.  Go ahead!  Say you don’t love these things!

Last year I had the great pleasure of adding a new fall favorite to my list!  I co-hosted Minnesota’s ClickinWalk with another local photographer, the amazing and faaaaabulous Amy Lucy, and from thereon out, ClickinWalk was cemented on the list smack-dab between apple picking and making a gargantuan pot of chili!  I had such a fantastic time, I actually remember turning to Amy and saying “let’s do that again next month!”

The thing I think I loved the most was the diversity of women who all came together through their love of telling a story through their lens.  There were women who were just beginning on learning their camera settings all the way to seasoned professionals – those who preferred to shoot the models and others who captured really incredible skylines and snippets of nature.  There were also some who chose mostly to chat most of the walk.  And yes, I may be guilty on that one!

As photographers, I think sometimes we can hide behind our cameras and jumping into a social setting where we have only met others online might seem daunting.  The industry can be somewhat competitive and often locals are alienated from one another because of that stigma despite a common passion!  I love that the ClickinWalk provides the perfect opportunity to remedy that!  Because let’s face it, we’re all pretty awesome chicks!

The truth is, when I hosted last year I was new to ClickinMoms and had only rubbed shoulders with a few ladies on the forum.  By the end of the day I felt like I had not only networked and shot with some fab photographers but also connected with ladies who have since become my friends and who I’ve been able to continue to watch grow on both photography and personal levels!  Some of these girls are now people I “everyday” with and have been a huge blessing in my life!

I know that for so many of us, our fall calendars overwhelm but I want to encourage you to set some time apart for you!  Whether you are a hobbyist or a professional photographer, are looking forward to socialize with local photographers or are in desperate need of a new avatar (such as myself), please come join us!

So, what’s not to love?  Grab a friend, your camera bag, hit your coffee shop for a pumpkin-spice latte and come out for the afternoon!  I promise you’ll be adding it to your fall traditions, too!

Thank you to the Minnesota Walkers who shared their pictures with us – Amy Lucy Lockheart, Amy Roeder, Carrie Bayless, Cherise Gow, Denise Harner, Jennifer Jentz, Kelly Bruckner, Nicole Mathison, Tracy, Tracy Marie!

Will you be joining us for the second annual ClickinWalk this year?  If you haven’t done so, you can register on the ClickinWalk website.  See you there!

And thank you to our incredible and generous ClickinWalk sponsors!


About the Author:

Jen resides in Minnesota where she spent most of her childhood fending off her hobbyest mother's Hasselblad. Shortly after the birth of her son, her husband gave her a DSLR and she fell down the rabbit hole. Although she loves capturing her family's everyday moments, a very close second would be spending a few precious hours shooting a squishy-faced newborn. When Jen's not working as an office manager of a twin cities law firm, chasing her three children around with her D700, connecting with family and friends, or shopping - she's drinking coffee. Lots of it. Her perfect day starts with little feet pitter-pattering into the bedroom and then clambering into bed for family snuggles and ends with a quiet evening with her husband, a glass of Malbec, and a little reality tv. Visit Jennifer Jentz online.


  1. celestejones Sep 13 2012 at 11:41 am - Reply

    Yay, loved reading about the walk. I had such a great time last year and met a lot of new friends too.

  2. Erica Sep 13 2012 at 11:45 am - Reply

    Great post Jennifer! I loved my walk last year as well and made so many great friends as well.:)

  3. Lisa Benemelis Sep 13 2012 at 11:45 am - Reply

    Beautiful, Tanya thank you. I couldn't agree more about the changing of the seasons and Clickin Walk being a special part of the tradition. I'm looking forward to our CW this month. 🙂

  4. catherine r. Sep 13 2012 at 11:45 am - Reply

    So very cool! Great job Jen! Can't wait for the Walk!

  5. Kelly R Sep 13 2012 at 11:47 am - Reply

    This just made me super excited for this year's walk! Thanks for sharing how fun it was last year!!!! 🙂

  6. Anne Sep 13 2012 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Fantabulous post, Jen ! <3

  7. Lexie Sep 13 2012 at 11:57 am - Reply

    Yay! I'm looking forward to ours here too! Definitely a fall tradition 🙂

  8. Caroline Jensen Sep 13 2012 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    Awesome post and can't wait to meet you this year…:)

  9. Anne M Sep 13 2012 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    Can I fly out to Minnesota to join your walk? I never knew I desperately wanted to go there! <3

  10. Julie Sep 13 2012 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    Great post Jen 😀 Enjoy your walk!!

  11. Nicole Sep 13 2012 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    Jen, thanks for sharing this. We had so much fun last year and all of the ladies were so friendly 🙂 Can't wait to see you all again this year and meet new people too!

  12. parikha Sep 13 2012 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    Loved reading about your experience at last year's walk! I have to sit out this time, but hopefully next year!

  13. Carrie Sep 13 2012 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    I am so sad I won't be able to go again this year! Hope you all have fun! Great post Jen!

  14. Sarah Mazza Sep 13 2012 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    Love this, Jennifer… get your butt out to VA to do the ClickinWalk with ME here! 😉 While I may not get to walk with you, I am blessed to have you in my life and 'everyday' it with you….mwah!

  15. Monica Wilkinson Sep 13 2012 at 1:10 pm - Reply rock!!!! Thanks for sharing!!

  16. Sarah Vaughn Sep 13 2012 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    Awesome article Jennifer! I so wish I could do a Clickin Walk! It looks like so much fun. And you girls are all gorgeous.

  17. ShannonJoy Sep 13 2012 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    Loved this article, Jen! SUPER excited about this year's walk:)

  18. Leah Sep 13 2012 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    You make it sound such fun – wish I were closer!

  19. Tawney Sep 13 2012 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    Great article and images. Now I am bummed I can’t make it. 🙁

  20. Rachel Sep 13 2012 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    I'm SO BUMMED I'm going to be missing out on the ClickinWalk this year ( My church is having their 100th Anniversary that day) but if any of you are on the fence: DO IT! its so much fun!!!

  21. Melissa N. Sep 13 2012 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    I love the Clickin Walk and can not wait for this years! Great post Jennifer, you showed exactly how fun this meet up is!

  22. Beth Sep 13 2012 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    I wish there was something like that here locally. Looks awesome!

  23. Jenn Jones Sep 13 2012 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    Great article, Jen!!! Wish I lived closer to you girls.

  24. Michelle Barnes Sep 13 2012 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    Great article, Jen! I bet this year’s walk in my town will be just as fun especially since it being co-led by a coffee drinking reality tv watching photog 😉 love the pics, too

  25. Jen Dale Sep 13 2012 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    Jen, this is a wonderful article! And the pictures are GORGEOUS!

  26. coley Sep 13 2012 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    Great post, Mrs. JJ. But it seems to be seriously lacking in *jazz hands*. 😉

  27. Pam Sep 13 2012 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    Looks like big time fun!

  28. Gretchen Sep 13 2012 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    Looks like an amazing time! Beautiful images and a great story.

  29. Ligia Sep 13 2012 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    Can't wait to share experiences with all the MN ladies, I have so much to learn, this will be awesome!

  30. Stacy Sep 13 2012 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Love this! Sounds like so much fun!

  31. holly powell Sep 13 2012 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    I wish I could do the walk with Jennifer Jentz!!!! 🙂

  32. Julia Sep 13 2012 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    FANTASTIC post!! I am so excited about this year's walk – it will be my first and now after reading this, I'm positively GIDDY about it!. Amazing photos from the walkers here – wow!

  33. heidi Sep 13 2012 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    EEEK! Loved all this eye candy!!! Loved the insight too! TFS!

  34. Spring Sep 13 2012 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    Awesome article, Jen! You have a great writing style. I wish we had something like this around here.

  35. Natalie Sep 13 2012 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    You make it sound amazing!

  36. Kellie Sep 13 2012 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    Great article, Jen!! Sounds like so much fun! 🙂 Gorgeous pics, too!

  37. Melissa Klein Sep 13 2012 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    That looks like so much fun!!

  38. Heidi G Sep 14 2012 at 12:09 am - Reply

    Fantastic article Jen (also loved your bio)! I wish I could go this year. Sadness. I'll keep my fingers crossed that things will work out for next year.

  39. Pam Korman Sep 14 2012 at 6:21 am - Reply

    So inspiring!! What a great article Jen. And amazing images!!

  40. Denise Sep 14 2012 at 8:46 am - Reply

    AWESOME article Jen………..We did have a great time. Looking forward to this years walk to see old friends and hopefully meet and make some new ones! See you in Stillwater.

  41. spark Sep 15 2012 at 3:42 am - Reply

    Great post Jen, I'm feeling inspired to do this same over my side of the world.

  42. Danielle Sep 17 2012 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    Fabulous article, Jen!! Made me even more excited for the Clickinwalk!!

  43. Jodi Sep 18 2012 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    fabulous article, jen! get me excited about this year's walk!

  44. conrad garcia Sep 28 2012 at 6:34 am - Reply

    moyes wright

  45. Jovan Coulbourne Oct 15 2012 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    This is the right website for everyone who wishes to understand this topic. You know so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I personally will need to…HaHa). You definitely put a new spin on a topic that has been written about for many years. Wonderful stuff, just great!

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