Jen Utley

Last year I had the honor of being interviewed for Project Girl Crush by two charming and engaging women, Jen Utley and Genevieve Peirson.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with this authentic and deeply unveiling Seattle project, I'd encourage you to check out their site

I remember when Jen called and informed me that the questions she'd be asking would require me to get well acquainted with both the goodness I know of myself and the barriers of my internal landscape.  I became nervous as I began to reflect on the latter half of those questions.

This is who Jen is.  She brings this kind of presence.  A presence that invites the other to find their own strength and boldness, their own voice.  She's fierce, but not in a bullying way.  Jen's fierceness evokes the fierce in me, the fierce that is buried underneath all the people pleasing parts of me.

On top of being a stunning writer for PJC, Jen and her business partner Genevieve manage their creative film project, Common Thread Collective.

I asked Jen if I could photograph her beautiful self in her Seattle based home.  Having done some modeling as well, Jen moved throughout her space with ease, grace, and spontaneous giggles.  Needless to say, we became friends and now you can find us curled up on her sofa with her two dogs and new kitten, sipping hot tea and bringing our real selves.