Local Photog and Image Strategist Opens Studio in Historic Connecticut Barn

Kristen Jensen Productions, a luxury boutique studio,  Specializes in advertising, lifestyle and portrait assignments

Following an illustrious career in front of the camera, Kristen Jensen began to command it from behind the lens when she started her photography business in 2003.  Now, in 2018, she has opened a new studio in a historic Bethel, Connecticut, barn to meet her clients’ needs year-round, in a comfortable and more controlled environment.

“Having the studio has been a long-time dream of mine and a dream come true for my clients,” Kristen says.  Key features of the all-white studio include climate control, high ceilings, strobe lights, an assortment of backdrops, a new sound system, a make-up and hair styling station, a changing room, as well as clothing racks and steamers. It’s also “country quiet,” she adds.

The new studio/barn was originally built in the early 1800s, located about 200 feet from Kristen’s house, a registered historic home from the 1790s. As a redesigned studio, the barn has two windows and French doors that allow natural light to come through. “It is like a perfect light box,” Kristen says.

Helping people look and feel their best

“Kristen has a talent for capturing the right moment, a keen sense of styling and how to position your body to greatest affect,” says her client, Susan Leone.  “She’s in the business of making people feel and look their best, which is now enhanced by her beautiful new studio.”

As amodel with the iconic Ford Modeling Agency, Kristen worked with and learned from some of the greatest fashion photographers in the world. She developed a wealth of knowledge and experience about marketing and personal style, plus an exceptional eye for those special details – “the artist inside me” – that sets her work apart. 

Specializing in portraits of celebrities, artists and business professionals in Fairfield County, New York City and beyond, Kristen has also expanded into lifestyle photography and videography. As an image strategist, she is often asked to speak at business conferences about personal and corporate branding. 

In addition, Kristen is a contributing photographer for Ridgefield and Bedford

Magazines, and she supports many local and national charities, including the Susan G Komen for the Cure Foundation and Ann’s Place in Danbury, CT for which she has photographed dozens of cancer survivors. These images have been exhibited once a year at her black and white survivor show at Bernard’s in Ridgefield, CT. The pieces of art permanently are displayed at Ann’s Place in Danbury, CT. 

A fashionable start

Born in Berlin, Germany, Kristen grew up in San Francisco where she began her modeling career at 18. In the ensuing years, she worked for such renowned fashion designers as Bill Blass, Chanel, Yves Saint-Laurent, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Liz Claiborne, gracing the pages of international magazines, including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, McCall’s, Town & Country, Good Housekeeping, Vanity Fair and New Woman

She also appeared in hundreds of catalogs around the world, including those for Victoria’s Secret, Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Spiegel, Sears and Nordstrom.  

An early proponent of digital photography who stays up to date on new technology, Kristen is an ambassador for Panasonic LUMIX cameras and shoots in high-resolution digital image files and high definition 4K video.  She is a member of the Advertising Photographers of America (APA) and the Professional Photographers Association (PPA).   



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