Jennifer Mishra is travel and landscape photographer based in the St. Louis metro area. She loves to travel and has travelled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and parts of Asia. Even when at home she tries to keep the same sense of adventure – looking for novelty in the everyday; finding the extraordinary in the ordinary.
An orchestral musician by profession, she became passionate about her photography a few years ago and found ways to integrate her artistic skills into visual storytelling.
Jenn has been awarded a number of solo exhibition including at the St. Charles Foundry as part of their Emerging Artists series and an upcoming solo exhibition of her fine art black and white photography in Kirkwood, Missouri as part of their Art at the Station series. She writes extensively on music including a music textbook published by Oxford University Press.
She is the founder and contributing editor for the photography education PhotoYoga. PhotoYoga is a positive place for photography that focuses on the balance between the technical and artistic sides of photography. It is about integrating photography into a well-balanced life that includes time for nature, for contemplation, for seeing all the world's beauty.
Jenn’s photos have been published in the St. Louis Gateway Magazine and the book “Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders”. She also wrote the St. Louis entry for the travel app “Fripito”.
She photographs with a Sony system.
Why Wits End?
Wits End was born long before I became a photographer. My husband is British and we many years ago 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.
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.
PhotoYoga focuses on the balance between the technical and artistic sides of photography. It is about integrating photography into a well-balanced life that includes time for nature, for contemplation, for seeing all the world's beauty. PhotoYoga brings together resources that help us to relax, center, and stretch.
PhotoYoga is about photography and the art of well-being.
© Jennifer Mishra 2018-2019