My name is Jennifer Ilene and I’m an exotic animal photographer.
I’m from Clinton Michigan and I grew up there.
I started photography 7 years ago, but I really got into exotic animal photography because I had a pet skunk, and she was my real love and passion!
I started making connections with other animal owners and it just grew bigger and bigger. And then a few people with skunks, foxes, raccoons and various others. Some people asked me to take photos for magazines, and I accepted!
I’ve gone to Africa, Thailand, California, Oregon, Texas, Florida… A lot of states in the U.S.
I’ve photographed over 60 different animals. The biggest animal I’ve photographed was an elephant, a giraffe, a tiger. A lot of wolves, dogs, fox, raccoons, skunks. I even photographed an adult crocodile. That was really cool!
It takes a lot of patience to work with animals. You have to have patience. Don’t ever force the animals to do anything they don’t want to do. I just let them do their own thing.
I’ve done weddings, babies, kids, families…
Don’t ever stop doing what you love to do! Follow your dreams!