About Us

Meet Jari

I am a photographer based in Ithaca, New York specializing in portrait, editorial and fine art photography. While I work primarily out of Ithaca, NY, I also travel quite a bit to photograph other people and places both in and outside of the United States. With a background as a dancer, choreographer and fine art photographer, I bring an artistic sensibility to my craft as well as a passion for the people I photograph.

Every person I photograph offers the opportunity to make a new friend, learn their stories and capture their personal magic as I work to build a compelling and imaginative portrait. I like to work collaboratively and creatively with each client to develop personalized portrait concepts based on their personal interests, tastes, self-image and/or alter-egos. I want your portrait to be a reflection of how you'd like to be seen, or how you see yourself. I want to love it and i want you to treasure it!

My work is influenced by an early life of exposure to great art, photography, dance, theater, music, and literature. My photography often reflects these influences. Some of my early influences included Irving Penn (a great photographer), Andrew Wyeth, as well as the painters of the Italian Renaissance. In addition to my portrait work, I am a fine art photographer and I'm always working on personal photography projects. My work has appeared in exhibitions, magazines and publications, and are included in many private art collections throughout the US. I hold an MFA from College of Art + Design Lesley University.

Working in photography has been a lifelong passion that turned into a career well over a decade ago. Having had a career as a dancer and choreographer and then director of dance organizations, I bring my years of practice and perspective as an artist to my work as a photographer.