May 18th, 2017
Jesse Gussow

Portrait photography is some of the most stunning photography out there these days. The ability to capture people’s facial expressions is remarkable. The range of emotions that portrait photography exposes is truly unique. Photographer Jennifer Drewyore-Beck’s recently moved to Tampa Bay in Florida and her portrait photography is some of the most beautiful I’ve seen. The emotions that she captures in her subjects are perfect. Her lighting is flawless. Her work is just downright beautiful and takes you to that exact moment perfectly.



Where are you from?

Metro Detroit


How did you get started on your photography journey?

I went to Target with a friend to buy a coloring book because I’m not artistic but I wanted a hobby. I wandered into the camera department and this camera forced me to buy it. At one point, my friend Bambu Jessica told me, “You be the photographer.” I laughed at her. Possibly the funniest thing I ever heard.


What was the first picture you ever took?

A lamp. Many, many pictures of that damn lamp.


What do you shoot with? Why?

Nikon. The guy at Target sold me a Nikon and I just stuck with it. Also it’s very expensive to change brands once you’re committed.


What's the one thing in your camera bag (besides the camera) that you can't live without?

My pocket knife. It’s basically my Swiss Army tool.


Do you edit your own photos? If so, what do you use to edit them?

Yes and no, depending on time. Last year I started outsourcing some of the retouching. I use Lightroom and Photoshop, but I focus on the photography, not the retouching. I understand that retouching is a separate field of expertise.


What company haven't you shot for that you would absolutely love to shoot for?

I’d like to do more fashion. Collaborations with more stylists so it’s more geared toward that end.


How would you describe your style?

Portraiture, but I try to keep it more relatable in some way. I like it to be a bit grittier. I think there’s an authentic rawness to that. I glean a lot inspiration from old album covers.


What's the funniest thing that's ever happened on a shoot?

All the fun stuff happens anytime you photograph kids. They’re pure, and if they don’t want to be there, you’re going to know about it.


If you had a time machine what would you do with it? Why?

Probably pile my dirty clothes in it. I have no interest in looking backwards.


What is your go-to portrait lens?

Tamron 28-75 f2.8. Cheap with no bells and whistles.


Are you a dog or cat person?

Dogs. Definitely dogs. Frank is my 90 pound, 9-month-old golden retriever.


What's your favourite number?



How many pictures do you take on an average shoot? How many do you edit? Of those, how many do you post/share?

Usually 100-150. Probably only post 1-3 of those.


Do you prefer Oreo or Fudgee-O cookies? Or some other snack?

Peanuts with the occasional Dove chocolate.

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