For the love of all that is candid.
JESSICA GENITO
Photojournalist  |  Director  |  Writer  |  Podcaster
New Hampshire Native  |  Emerson Alum  |  Chicago Local
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One of my favorite moments as a photographer came from a woman named Jeannie. She had been dodging me for weeks, reluctant to update her staff page headshots. But after seeing everyone else's shots (and lots of encouraging), she gave me a chance. We began walking to a little park by the office.  I asked about her day, her bike, her work. I snapped a few photos--"just getting my settings right," I'd say.  I'd have her stand in different spots, tell her "I just want to see how this looks behind you," and raise my camera with the blasé nature of a doctor giving a shot to a nervous kid. I was more focused on making her laugh than I was on getting the photo. I asked her to show me her CEO pose.  She put her arms on her hips like a superhero. 
When we reviewed the shots together back at the office, I let her pick the ones she was ok with. And then she said it:  "I'm surprised at how many I like of myself!"
She couldn't have given me a better compliment.

 

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At 11 years old, I fell in love with the candid work of Switchfoot's photographer, Andy Barron. I begged my parents for my first camera -- an old, secondhand Kodak DX3700 with a whole *three* megapixels. (I was elated). At 13, I became a yearbook nerd and fell in love with candid photography. At 17, I moved to Boston to pursue a journalism degree (the real world doesn't have yearbooks, they have magazines). At 23, I moved to Chicago with a newfound love for performance art. I began writing material for Second City stages, and at 24 I became the director, co-writer, and cue card master of a weekly live late-night talk show at iO Theater. At 26, I am a freelance writer and portrait photographer. 

I have an innate curiosity for people and their work. I love documenting all facets of history, from political unrest to behind the scenes of iconic entertainment. Photography lets me indulge that curiosity, living vicariously through others in windows of time where I can emerge myself in unique jobs, homes, and personalities.

 
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