–by Linda Szyskowski
PUBLICATION DATE: Nov 13, 2018
Both self-taught photographers, they have a passion for photography that goes back to their childhoods when both were given their first cameras by family members. “To say photography is an obsession, is an understatement,” said Emily. And Jennifer agreed.
The two met at DeVeaux Junior High and went to Start High School together. Then Jennifer went on to BGSU, graduated in public health, and subsequently worked in corporate wellness. Emily went to UT and graduated in education. During college, their friendship started blossoming into a photography business when Emily began doing wedding photography and asked Jen to help. As word of their work spread, they started adding shoots for families, babies, and children. Eventually, they both left their jobs and officially went into business together. “We came up with the name Two Chicks and a Click,” laughed Jennifer, “but were quickly encouraged by family to have a more professional name. We then decided on JEM — a combination of our names.” Now they also do high school seniors, extended families, and business portraits, shooting both in the studio and on location.
Jennifer and Emily’s first studio was in the basement of a home, but not for long. When their business started to grow, they moved to Schoolhouse Commons in Lambertville, but the space was still not exactly what they wanted. Driving through Sylvania, they saw the space in Haymarket Square for rent and immediately thought it would make a great studio. It was also much easier to find than the studio in Lambertville and had convenient parking for their clients. “We love it here in Sylvania,” nodded Jennifer and Emily. And we hope they continue to create their beautiful photos for years to come as part of our downtown community.
Sylvania Advantage, in cooperation with Creative Oxygen, invites you to check out samples of Jennifer and Emily’s work on their website at momentsbyjem.com or follow them on Instagram. Photos are by appointment.