About J Volden

Hi, I’m Jenna, the J in J Volden Photography.


Enjoying my daily coffee in my newest mug.

I’ve always been a bit of a dork or maybe some may call me a nerd. Derd? Nork? I never cared to be popular. I didn’t really pay the popular people much attention. I’ve always seemed to move to the beat of my own drum. To do my own thing.

I’ve always been happiest with a small group of friends. Those that get my sense of humor a little goofy, a little dry and sometimes a little dark. And if my friends weren’t available I can always find friends in books.

In high school, I claimed was anti-fashion. I wore cargo pants, skater shoes and oversized t-shirts. I didn’t want to look like anyone else in my school. I then moved into a punk rock stage and upgraded to dickies and band shirts (plus more accessories than one person should wear at a time). My style has slowly evolved into a little bit rock n roll and a little bit hippie, with a splash of corporate since I still have a day job. Mostly in the black and gray color family. I once tried to start a fashion blog. I was not very good at that. I am currently obsessed with fun sneakers.

I try to stay active. I love running and hiking. I have ran several half marathons but have not reached my goal of a full marathon yet. Someday. I also like to lift weights and pretend I am a badass. I try to eat healthy most times but will not turn down bacon, cheese, tacos, margaritas or a delicious gluten free brownie. Huh, that list is quite long..

Why gluten free? I have celiac disease, an autoimmune disease in which my body attacks itself when I eat gluten. There is no cure and the only way to not have symptoms is to not eat gluten. Sounds easy, right? It is. Kind of.

I am obsessed with coffee. I like to say I literally run on espresso. I would love to retire to Hawaii and grow my own coffee. Not that I know how to grow, roast, and process coffee but I’m sure I can find info on the internet. I would only need a few plants, just enough to keep me in coffee while I read on my porch.

Sheila the toy killer

Uly the lazy pup

I am based out of Phoenix, Arizona and have a slight case of wanderlust. I would be a nomad but I am just a tad to practical for that. And I like my creature comforts. I live with my boyfriend and our two ginormous dogs, Sheila and Ulysses. We spend our winters going to Coyotes games and summers at the Diamondback games.
Where you can find me:

Instagram  – J Volden Photography 

Facebook – J Volden Photography 

Twitter – J Volden Photography

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Why Photography

My First Camera

*whew* if you made it through all of that you deserve a (gluten-free) snickerdoodle!