Jennifer Olsen

Jennifer Olsen, is a documentary photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. Her work is grounded in the relationships she establishes with her subjects and focuses on the story of the individual beyond the headline.
She holds an MFA from the Documentary Photography program at the University of South Wales, UK as well as a BFA in Photography from SUNY New Paltz. Olsen has instructed for The Josephine Herrick Project, lectured at Webster University, and mentored for Leave Out the Violence (LOVE). She has participated as a guest blogger for the World Photography Organization and has written for the Diffusion Photography Festival. Olsen has photographed for clients such as Save the Children, Sustainable Harvest, Direct TV, E2productions, and Destination Downtown. Olsen’s goal is to empower her students through hands-on experience. Whether she is breaking down camera settings, exposure, or compositional techniques, Jennifer leaves students, from any level of expertise, feeling confident and inspired to photograph the world on their own.

Call Digital Photo Academy at 1 877 372 2231. Lots of people seem to hang up if our welcome recording comes on instead of a live voice, but we promise to return your message within a day or two if you leave one with your name and number.  It would be even better if you included your e mail address as well as the date and city of the class you are considering.  If leaving a voice mail message is not your thing, please email us at or

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  1. February 21, 2014

    “I was the only male with you on Saturday in SoHo, just wanted to thank you for a fun day. Hope to run into you again.”

    – Robert Yaccarino

  2. Jocelyn Launer
    April 29, 2015

    “Jenn and David are very talented, passionate,
    and engaging photographers and teachers. They inspire
    my creativity and motivate me to continue my exploration
    of photography. I plan to take the upcoming class in Central Park.
    Thank you so much, Jenn and David, for being
    our guides and teachers!”

    -Jocelyn Launer

  3. Ilene Finberg
    September 29, 2015

    “It was wonderful. It was run beautifully. I learned so much. Thanks Richard!!”

    -Ilene Finberg

  4. Josephina LaFauci
    October 26, 2015

    “Thank you for the professionals you assembled for the class. Well done!”

    -Josephina LaFauci

  5. Bas Debbink
    March 30, 2016

    “Much fun was had by all. Nice to meet everyone!”


  6. Molly Black
    July 19, 2016

    “Jenn was an awesome teacher!
    She explained the “feared’ manual setting better than a camera retail store which sold three classes that were 2 hours long a piece.
    I think taking pics, making a mistake and saying “Ok, what the?” and having her there to ask about the error was great.’ Thank you very much.It was a great experience. No longer on Program Mode…hahaha”

    -Molly Black

  7. Brian Becker
    December 12, 2016


    Thank you so much for your personalized attention and patience with my developing photography skills. That was a great class and I walked away with a much better sense of my camera and the functions. It was wonderful to walk around and spend time with you. Clearly, you are an exceptionally gifted instructor and photographer. Please count me in on your next class. ”


  8. Toya Bailey
    December 12, 2016


    Thanks for being such a great coach. I feel really confident with my camera now. Thanks to you.
    We all appreciate your patience and knowledge.

    Thanks and enjoy your holiday,”

    -Toya ☺️

  9. Cynthia Nunez
    December 22, 2016

    “Thank you for everything today. I learned a lot 🙂 ”

    -Cynthia Nunez

  10. Lori Berman
    February 10, 2017

    “Hi Richard,

    Adam did enjoy the class very much. Jennifer was great and he learned a lot! Thanks so much.”


  11. Martin Petersen
    February 15, 2017

    “Thanks again, Jennifer. It was a fun and very informative day!”

    -Martin Petersen

  12. Emilie Woodhead
    September 19, 2017

    “I had a really great time with Jennifer at the class last weekend. She is a great instructor, and I got a lot more comfortable using my camera on manual.

    Best regards,”

    -Emilie Woodhead

  13. Kristin Johnson
    September 21, 2017

    “Jennifer was so helpful! I hope to take from her again soon! I had a great time.


    -Kristin Johnson

    May 7, 2018

    I really enjoyed the photo workshop at Venice Beach today. Jennifer is awesome! I learned a few new tricks using my camera in manual mode (rather than the easy auto mode). I enclose a few photos from our session. I’m pleased with them.

    Thanks again,
    Gail Hamilton

    May 7, 2018

    I really enjoyed the photo workshop at Venice Beach today. Jennifer is awesome! I learned a few new tricks using my camera in manual mode (rather than the easy auto mode). I enclose a few photos from our session. I’m pleased with them.

    Thanks again,
    Gail Hamilton

  16. Ellen Kornblum
    May 7, 2018

    Hey Jennifer,

    Thank you for a great class. I look forward to the next one with you.

    I did a lot of post to deal with the stark black/white contrast. My goal was to capture both his cool and his expertise.


  17. Lysa Takacs
    May 7, 2018

    Jennifer was a great teacher yesterday during our Camera Controls and Chinatown Composition in the field class in Chinatown. Jennifer was very knowledgeable and patient with all of us students. I hope that you will be putting on a night time class in Downtown LA or Hollywood. That is a class I would totally sign up for.

    Lysa Takacs

  18. Gilbert Magno
    May 7, 2018

    Jennifer was very informative and patient! Had a great time!

    Gilbert Magno

  19. Lisa
    July 9, 2018

    “Jennifer was a great teacher. She has the patience of a saint. I took both Master your Camera Control class as well as the Composition in the Field class. And it was a blast. I’m looking forward to taking more classes”


  20. Leslie
    October 3, 2018

    “Dear Jennifer: Thanks for a fun and inspiring class, for sharing your experience and insights with us. I so appreciated your help and support getting around too. I look forward to taking more classes with you. Thanks again.”


  21. Janet
    October 3, 2018

    “Jennifer thank you so much for the awesome class again. You did a great job and I’ve learned a lot from you. Also thanks for your advice on how to find the intention of the shot.”


  22. Rochelle Baum
    February 13, 2019

    Hi Richard, Thanks so much for the follow up. Today’s class was more than I could have ever expected. I went in barely even knowing how to turn on my digital camera and while I am still no expert, I left with more knowledge & skill than I ever anticipated. Jen did an amazing job from the very beginning with the “Master Your Camera Controls” workshop. I’m so happy I decided to book this last minute. I gained a wealth of knowledge with hands on experience & was well prepared for the in the field session immediately following. I walked away with even more curiosity for photography and images I am pretty happy with 😊 I am attaching a few to this email. Thank you both again! Jen – you were phenomenal. THANK YOU 😊

    -Rochelle Baum

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