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Jena Carlin Creative

Chapter: Chicago /
Pro Type: Photographer

I'm Jena, a commercial lifestyle and food photographer in the Midwest and the creative behind the acclaimed food blog, Little Rusted Ladle: a collection of recipes, personal interest narratives, food photography tips, and personal musings. My work has been featured in Taste of Home, Kohls, Martha Stewart, and more.

My ultimate goal is to tell a brand's story within food - to capture a feeling to enjoy long after the moment has passed. For me, capturing a tale to accompany a recipe or ingredient is most fulfilling and brings out the heart of my work. I look at this as photo essays, they not only capture the story within a still life recipe but also celebrate farmers that grow it, chefs and home cooks that prepare it, the communities that celebrate it, and the moments of friends and family around the table to experience it.