Jen Hillenga

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After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art and Graphic Design and working for several studios, Jen Hillenga started her own studio in 2004 with business partner, Kate Cosentino, in Savage, Minnesota. In 2008, they established an online superstore for Professional Photography products called The store has quickly become the leader in online professional products for photographers around the world.

In the years since opening Momento Images, Jen has been able to master her skills as a photographer as well as a digital artist, allowing her to turn her images into artworks and gaining her international recognition and awards among her peers. Jen focuses on the story behind each image and the internal as well as external beauty of each subject by relating to her clients with sensitivity and humor.

Jen's Courses

  • Bombshell Boudoir: The Art of Making Every Woman Beautiful

    Instructors: Jen Hillenga
    Webinar: Jen Hillenga believes that EVERY woman—no matter what she looks like, no matter what size—deserves to feel gorgeous. That belief translates into her boudoir photography. When working with boudoir clients, it is vitally important that you, as a professional photographer, set the tone for the session and give every woman a safe place to be beautiful, sexy and fabulous.
  • Creating a Marketing Plan

    Instructors: Jen Hillenga
    Video: “Plan your work and work your plan.” A pithy saying yet words to live by, especially when you’re running your own studio! In this course, instructors Jen Hillenga with Kate Cosentino give you a detailed process by which to do this. Rather than winging it, learn about some steps you can take to create a marketing plan that not only fits your business but will increase your business!
  • Creative Vision: Telling the Story

    Instructors: Jen Hillenga
    Video: You don’t just take photos; you create experiences. You don’t just capture expressions; you convey emotions. In this course, PPA Instructor Jen Hillenga shows you how to tell each client’s story and the effective and efficient steps you need to follow. For example, how do you assess a client? To know what they want, you need to understand them. Who are they, what are their relationships, what are their expectations or their hopes for the photo?
  • Lighting and Posing Women, Part 1

    Instructors: Jen Hillenga
    Video: Try to find a woman who likes seeing herself in photos, and you understand your challenge as the photographer. In this class, PPA Instructor Jen Hillenga covers two main elements—posing and lighting—that will ensure your female clients fall in love with their photos!
  • Lighting and Posing Women, Part 2

    Instructors: Jen Hillenga
    Video: In the first part of this two-part class, PPA Instructor Jen Hillenga went over high-level posing tricks. Now, get down to the details as she examines all the different poses you should include in your shoot so your female clients look stunning!
  • Photoshop Design Concepts: Tips & Tricks in Photoshop

    Instructors: Jen Hillenga
    Video: Photoshop provides so many product options, but only if you know how to use them. In this class, PPA instructor and Photoshop guru Jen Hillenga zeros in on a popular design that is sure to be a crowd favorite—the Senior 5 x 7 Graduation Card. Join Jen to learn more about creating awesome collages, making a color block, and adding graphic design elements and texts for a polished final product.
  • Photoshop: Retouching for Beauty

    Instructors: Jen Hillenga
    Video: PPA instructor Jen Hillenga teaches you how to enhance your subject's beauty, using some quick and easy Photoshop tricks. Drilling down into specific tools, Jen explores vignette creation and blemish removal, using the history brush, adding shadows to naturally enhance, and applying selective blurring techniques for extra effects.
  • Photoshop: Texture Overlays

    Instructors: Jen Hillenga
    Video: In a quick and easy way, Jen explains the texture tool and shows how to add layer modes for various effects, flatten images and apply the snapshot feature. You’ll be amazed at how simple it is and the difference it can make in an image! Take advantage of Jen’s expertise in these 8 minutes, you won’t regret it!
  • To Partner or Not to Partner

    Instructors: Jen Hillenga
    Video: In work, as in life, some things you do on your own; others, you do with a partner. Running a successful photography business is no different. If you stay in this industry long enough, sooner or later, you’ll reach the decision point: to partner or not to partner. In this course, PPA Instructor Jen Hillenga walks you through the why’s and how’s of handling this decision.
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