the artist



Jennifer Summer is a photographer, writer, and artist living in greater Cincinnati, Ohio. Her writing passion began the day she could hold a pencil, but her photography began with the birth of her first and only child, her son, Dakota, now a teenager. He has always been her most beloved muse and favorite subject.

Jennifer's work has been published in multiple periodicals and books, including the Capture Cincinnati photo competition in which she took first place in the Portrait and also Pet category, and received an Editor's Choice Award. A first place winner in the photography competition sponsored by ViewBug; her work has been exhibited in multiple venues across the city. Jennifer has presented her work and artistic process at local colleges, and published Our Salt & Sand, a collection of original prose with photographic accompaniments. In 2008 she founded the organization The Emancipation of Artemis | Artists United to End Violence Against Women and held an art exhibition which raised over $2,000 for RAINN.

Jennifer has provided photography services to noteworthy actors and comedians such as John Fugelsang (Stephanie Miller's Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour headliner, and host of Sirius XM show Tell Me Everything), and Zach Galligan (Gremlins). Jennifer's portfolio consists mainly of conceptual portraits, as well as nature and water, all of which are the driving passion behind her work.

Jennifer has a deep and abiding love for the sea, mermaids, elephants, reading, creating, and surviving.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and finding new and interesting ways to see the world.

I’ve told you: no one becomes an artist unless they have to.
— Janet Fitch | White Oleander