Say hello to our Featured Reader Jenny Wheat from Mission, Kansas.
What are you passionate about right now?
At 50, I am more excited and passionate about my photography work than ever before. It’s a dream situation to have achieved some success and to have gained a good reputation in my city. Photography is so creative and collaborative and full of energy and interaction. I jump out of bed every day, ready to go and create commercial projects with my clients and to end up with collections of images that they can use to elevate their own brands.
What’s the most important thing you do every day?
Getting into my studio every morning and organizing our upcoming shoots with my assistant, Ashley, is an important daily routine. Planning is everything- do we have the right models booked, do we need to find any locations, what props or wardrobe will be required, do we need a stylist or hair/makeup artist? So there are many days that are planning or editing, rather than shooting.
Who do you think is the best role model for Aging Boldly and why?
I’m really inspired by Annie Leibovitz who is out there shooting some of her best work now, in her late 60’s.
Retirement? No thanks!
What’s your personal motto for Aging Boldly?
In her 80’s, my grandma wore jeans and tennis shoes and said she didn’t want to spend time with old people. At 74, my mom still works in an office every day. I think our family just doesn’t consider the number of your age but the things you still want to do. My motto: Never stop!
What movie/book/TV show are you loving now?
I love true crime so My Favorite Murder podcast is bumping all my shows and reading for now! They are hilarious!
What countries are on your bucket list?
I’m a world traveler: Europe, India, islands, everywhere. Really looking into Iceland and Greece for next trips. And you can never go to Italy too many times.
If you could live any where in the world where would it be?
I’ve had my eye on Denmark! I love the philosophy of life, the progressive healthcare and education and the mild climate!
How do you cope with the current craziness in our political world?
It’s been the hardest year of my life with regard to the news. Truly a time of pain of anger. I’m holding on the truth that things work a bit like a pendulum and that SURELY we will be swinging back hard this time to a kinder, smarter, more intelligent situation.
What will you be doing in 10 years?
In 10 years, I hope to still be a busy photographer. I had a long career in marketing and advertising before I taught myself photography and began my studio at age 37. So for me, this is still a fresh, exciting career and a later-in-life adventure! Our work is at www.wheatphoto.com if anyone wants to peek!
I will also be hoping to see my daughter through high school and college by then and on her own, thriving in a creative field.
What did we forget to ask you?
Why the Midwest?
In photography, the biggest commercial opportunities are certainly on the coasts. But I’ve chosen to stay in the Midwest and serve our medium and small clients. It’s a great place to raise my daughter and to get the opportunity for easy-going Midwestern collaborations, one-on-one with our clients. I love to travel but I like to keep my roots here, where I grew up. Kansas City is booming in the arts, food, culture and lifestyle!