Jena LaRoy holds a copy of the Photo Life Magazine that features her photo on its cover. The magazine also names LaRoy one of their top 25 emerging photographers to watch.

Local photographer’s favourite shot lands on national magazine cover

Like so many artists before her, Jena LaRoy is inspired by the landscape and terrain found here in Golden.

Like so many artists before her, Jena LaRoy is inspired by the landscape and terrain found here in Golden. So it’s no surprise that when she found herself out in the backcountry, she picked up a camera.

“I was doing it (photography) on my own for a while and travelling. Then I wanted to learn and get better so I decided it was something worth pursuing in school,” said LaRoy, who has been enrolled in Langara College since the fall.

“It’s awesome, for anyone who wants to go into photography I would definitely recommend it.”

It was at Langara where an instructor informed her and her classmates of a photo competition with Canada’s Photo Life Magazine.

“I just entered, didn’t really think anything would happen. A couple months later they let me know that I was one of the finalists…so I ended up being one of the 25 emerging photographers to watch out for,” said LaRoy.

Of course the young photographer was thrilled with that news alone, but then it got even better.

“Then they asked me a little while later if it was OK to use my photo for the cover. Ya, of course. I wasn’t going to say no to that!”

Her first (possibly of many to come) magazine cover photo was shot before LaRoy was in school. The amateur photographer snapped the pic while she was out skiing with Great Canadian Heli-Ski.

“I don’t know why, I just love this photo,” said LaRoy. “It’s one of my favourites. I like how graphic it is, and the lighting. And the fact that it was something I did, so I’m part of those ski tracks. I skied it, then took the photo, so I like that.”

The cover of a national magazine is an impressive accomplishment for someone just at the beginning of her career, but LaRoy is mostly excited to keep learning and getting better. That way she can make a career out of doing what she loves, and hopefully do it where she loves, right here in her hometown of Golden.

“I think my end goal is to make graphic art pieces. I don’t know what that is necessarily, just something that people would hang on their wall, something that’s high quality and nice to look at,” she said. “Everyone is really talented here in Golden, and I would love to be a part of that.”

If you’d like to see more of LaRoy’s work, go to jenaleelaroy.com.

 

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