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Jennifer Kaczmarek

Florida photographer, Jennifer Kaczmarek, has a natural affinity for capturing the essence of a child.  She has been a participant observer in her own children’s lives, but she also creates work about children and families facing challenging situations.  Jennifer shares on her blog, Taking Focus, a new project, Keep The Light On, that not only explores a family, but also solicits donations to help that family.  I am featuring two series today, Love for Alyssa and Les Enfants.

Jennifer has a Bachelor’s in Architecture, Public and Urban Affairs with a focus on Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University, in Boca Raton, FL. She later went on to study at the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies in Daytona Beach, FL. Her project, Love for Alyssa was selected among the Critical Mass 50 of 2012. Jennifer currently resides in Palm Coast, FL, with her husband and three children; Bella, Chloe’, and Jack.

Love for Alyssa
She was 5 years old and melted my heart. Determined to help in some way, I started a non profit on her behalf in January of 2011. Alyssa Jadyn Hagstrom was born with a rare condition called Arthrogryposis which left her with no use of her legs and arms and limited use of her fingers. This body of work is a window into her world, her daily struggles, and challenges, but most importantly a glimpse into the amazing spirit she possesses. I believe photography allows people to connect in a way they otherwise could not. A single image can speak magnitudes about what life is like for others.

With the vision of expanding, we are now a 501c3 organization. On January 28, 2013 we launched our new website and announced our organizations new name, Taking Focus, Inc. We hope our organization will help people connect, and be inspired by the idea of what an impact we can make on someone else’s life.


Les Enfants
Les Enfants “For me, the greatest inspiration lies in the mystery of their being.” Through the process of documenting my three children, I am able to both witness their evolution and capture those specific moments that lead me to feel that I am discovering something new about them. Often their quiet stares tell a story way beyond their young years, giving a glimpse into their future of what is yet to come. There are parallels between these notions and the scenarios that I choose to capture them in; they seem to say a lot about myself, my past and my fears. This work will continue as long as my children will allow me into their private spaces.



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