JL 'Coble' Hopper

From photojournalism to portraiture, weddings to rock shows, Jen Hopper typically wields her camera around the Midwest from Iowa to Indiana. She captures the candid, intimate moments that define events, be it a beautiful ceremony, a Pride Parade in the city, or one of the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago's Rock Away Racism events. Even in her portraiture, she finds the most revealing out-takes and memorable images.

Enticed by every event that draws a crowd, Hopper’s lens is at its sharpest in her concert photography. Her live-action shots of musicians in their element put you at the front row for up-and-coming Chicago-area bands and even packed arena shows like this summer’s gigantic Honda Civic Tour. As a great fan of music and a photographer for several fan-run music webzines, she is fascinated by the shift in fan-to-artist interaction as more artists go independent, relying increasingly on social media to communicate directly with their fanbase. Her support of an unsigned Chicago band, Empires, has even landed her photography a spot in Rolling Stone Magazine. Her eye captures the unique emotion and energy, bringing the performance right to viewer through her photographs. Hopper also has a special interest in female musicians and in networking with other lady photographers in an industry largely dominated by men.

Through the end of 2011, ‘Coble’ Hopper’s travel through the Midwest brings her to autumn portrait shoots, holiday events and rock shows in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana. She’s available for commission nationwide and is seeking out opportunities to shoot corporate events, unique weddings and of course, performances of all kinds.

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