Ever since second grade when I received my first easy-to-load, Kodak Instamatic film camera, I knew I wanted to be a photographer. Instantly, I became passionate about photography. I took pics of anything and everything, but mainly photos of my cat, Poppy, running around our backyard in the Portland suburbs. Ha ha ha! Oh, and that time Mt. Saint Helens blew in 1980 - I remember capturing that!
Fast forward to the late 80's... At Oregon State University, I continued my love of photography by taking classes, but I discovered I also had a passion for working with children and teaching. So, I decided on a different path and majored in Elementary Education. Soon after graduation, I
worked in the Portland Public School District for several years, teaching 4th and 5th grade.
When I became a mother of two, I decided to meld my favorite passions together - kids and cameras - and in 2001, I became a family portrait photographer.
I am proud to be a Northwest portrait photographer, and after 17 years of doing this, it never gets old! Yes, it's sometimes wet and rainy, but I wouldn't have it any other way... those little raindrops help create the best portrait session settings around!
Questions and Answers
Q: Why is your business called "Shortcake Photo"?
A: "Shortcake" was a nickname that my biggest sister use to call me, and it has a better ring to it than "Jeanette Schenk Photography," don't you think? :-)
Q: What makes Shortcake Photo stand out?
A: I'm not a cookie-cutter photographer. I really think it's important to get to know the person on the other side of the camera lens. When I get a better understanding of who you are, what you're about, then I can actually capture the real YOU and your personality. How many photographers do you know that would actually take the time to do that? I promise you, by the end of your portrait sitting, you will be comfortable enough to show me your inner "you" and I will have you laughing and saying, "That was actually REALLY fun!" THAT happens nearly 100% of the time, and that's an A+ in my book!
Q: Doesn't it rain all the time? How are you able to do outdoor portrait sessions?
A: First of all, "No." It doesn't rain all the time, and when it does, it's usually brief! I have little tricks up my sleeve (most moms and teachers do, right?) and rarely end up having to reschedule because of the weather.