Jenna Hellberg

California and San Jose Family Photography by Jenna Hellberg

Jenna Hellberg

Jenna Christina Family Photography

I’m Jenna – a newborn and family photographer based in San Francisco Bay Area, but born in Finland. I live in San Jose with my outdoorsy husband Marcus and smart-but-often-strange Australian shepherd Nova.

My pictures are much more about the families I photograph, than about me as the photographer. I don’t leave my mark with props, poses, or lighting setups. I believe that families are enough just as they are, and all families are welcome.

Being Finnish means navigating some culture shock now and then, as I’m more quiet compared to the average Californian. I prefer to dive deep and talk about the real stuff, and am quite awkward when it comes to small talk. I stick to plans with friends religiously, no matter how casually the plans may have been mentioned at first.

I understand how it is to feel like you don’t always fit in, or how it is to want a break from the expectations that await outside the door.

I am often a silent observer during photo sessions, adapting to the mood in the room. It helps me notice small details that will help tell your family’s story.