Wits End

About 

I am a fine art travel and landscape photographer based in the St. Louis metro area. I specialize in dramatic black and white landscapes, colorful minimalism, and scenes from everyday life. My studio is Wits End Photography.

 

Born on the plains of Colorado, I began traveling at a young age and traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and parts of Asia. I always had my trusty point-and-shoot camera - always set to “auto”. In 2015, I discovered photography as a serious hobbyist and a 365 Project (one photo a day for a year) honed my photography skills and ignited my passion for the art of photography.

 

I’m an orchestral musician and music educator by profession and I found that the artistic thinking and the technical approach to art that I had developed as a musician transferred to the medium of photography.

 

I love to travel, but even when I’m at home in St. Louis, I try to keep the same sense of adventure – looking for novelty in the everyday; finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. I scour the city and surrounding areas, looking for texture and life in architecture and landscapes. Everyone has a history and every place is central to a story.

Wits End was born long before I became a photographer. My husband is British and many years ago we named our home, in the tradition of quaint British cottages, “Wits End” (there’s even a sign on the front porch). Wits End, we decided, is where we always live!

But it wasn’t until I really was at my wits end that I took up photography as a serious hobby. I was going through a lot of stress and negativity in my life and photography gave me a new challenge. Learning a new skill distracted me from the stressful parts of my life. I started a 365 Project (one photo a day for a year) and looking for beauty in the world every single day kept me from sinking into despair. In a very real way photography saved me when I really was at my wits end. The name of my photography studio reminds me that even on dark days, I can see beauty and that every day I can choose to see that beauty.

PhotoYoga

I am the founder and contributing editor for the photography education website PhotoYoga. PhotoYoga is a positive place for photography. It is a safe place for learning and growth. PhotoYoga is a place for photographers to be accepting of each other, acknowledging that we are all at different levels. We acknowledge what we don’t know and are willing to share what we do know.  ​

What I do...

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My photos are exhibited in solo exhibitions and as part of themed group exhibits both locally and regionally. Prints are available for purchase at a number of St. Louis area galleries and as part of my limited edition collection.

Exhibits & Fine Art Prints

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Join me in Eminence, Missouri where we'll go in search of the Wild Horses of Shannon County. I'll take you to fields where the wild horses tend to feed and help you get close enough to get amazing photos of these elusive creatures. The tour is scheduled for 3 hours and we'll try 2-3 fields in this time period.

Wild Horse Photo Tour

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I offer individual coaching sessions focused on photographic and post-processing techniques. I also provide classes and talks on photography on a variety of topics. My ebook 32 Photo Etudes: Exercises in Composition, Light, Focus, Motion will help you master photographic techniques.

Education

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I'm a St. Louis based portrait and headshot photographer. I like to do portraits and headshots in a context that means something to the model. We'll work together to choose an appropriate location. We can go for an elegant or grungy location - whatever fits your personality!

Portraits & Headshots

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Whether you are coming to St. Louis as a tourist or you live here and are looking for new places to photograph, I offer individualized St. Louis Photography Tours. Tours are tailored to a certain area or type of photography. 2 hour minimum.

St. Louis Photo Tours

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I provide fine art prints for interior design. I specialize in colorful minimalism and dramatic black and white landscapes. Contact me if you have particular images in mind or would like bespoke images. I partner with a local photo lab to provide large, professionally produced images.

Photos for Design

Solo Exhibits

Past and upcoming solo exhibits of my photography. 

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Soulard Coffee Gardens Exhibit

Solo Exhibit

St. Louis, Missouri

January 31 - March 5, 2019

EXHIBIT: Photography of Jennifer Mishra

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Kirkwood Train Station Exhibit

Solo Exhibit, Art at the Station series

Kirkwood, Missouri

August 1 - September 31, 2019

Dramatic B&W Landscapes

Foundry Arts Center Exhibit

Solo Exhibit, Emerging Artists Series

St. Charles, Missouri

January 31-March 13, 2020

Emerging Artist: Jennifer Mishra

Contact me for coaching, photography tours of St. Louis, speaking engagements, photographs for interior design or travel destinations.

© All images on this site are under copyright. Please contact me to obtain a license before using.

Jennifer Mishra

Wits End Photography

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