Meet Jenna Saraco
on her morning routine
I usually try to get up somewhere between 7:30am-8:30am, so I can be awake and ready to work by 9:30am. I get up before my boyfriend so I can take my time, it’s quiet...first checking to see what emails came in since the night before, then Instagram (recently I have been sucked into watching everyone's Instagram stories, even though I was never a snapchat user.) Once in a blue moon I’ll go for a run or jump rope. Then I’ll usually make an espresso for the two of us, and get started on some work.
on working from home
Maybe I’m lazy, but I work from home (Greenpoint) and it’s hard to get myself into the city if I don’t really have to be there for a meeting. I do most of my shopping locally or online. There are some really amazing vintage stores just around the corner from me (like Mahps, and Mirth Vintage) so I don’t have to go very far...everything else tends to happens online, and I’ve spent hours on Garmentory looking at their new arrivals. I’d like to think my aesthetic is somewhere between, 70's girl next door, and modern, minimal femininity…but the 90’s in me love a good white shirt and jeans.
on her career path
I think getting into photography was only natural. My dad is a photographer, so growing up there were always tons of cameras, and film around. I would visit his studio all the time, and it became a place I felt comfortable being around. In school I always gravitated towards the arts, I loved drawing, and painting, but was easily frustrated by those mediums. It really wasn’t until college that I began to take photography seriously. I had a really great teacher there who inspired me, and really pushed the scale. I’ve been doing photography ever since, learning something new each year.
on her photography gear
I’ve always used Nikon, it’s what I grew up with. The first camera I shot on was a Nikon FM2, an early 80’s classic from my dad's collection. Today I still shoot with the FM2 35mm film, a Nikon D800E, 50mm f1.4 lens, and always natural light.
on beauty routine
My beauty routine varies from summer to winter, but I’ve recently started to use charcoal soap to wash my face, and think it’s something I’d like to keep using throughout the year. It has antibacterial properties, and removes impurities from the skin, something that I find pretty necessary living in a city like New York. My summer makeup is minimal! Glossier Stretch Concealer under the eyes, loving the one from Glossier, and a little bronzer to feel glow-y (NARS Bronzing Powder). In the winter, I usually use a tinted moisturizer for some extra moisture (Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer or Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint), and blush to bring back some of the color that winter’s skin lacks. I’ll use a cleansing oil from Mullein & Sparrow to remove makeup, and rehydrate. For my hair, I leave natural most days. I just put it up in a bun when I sleep and it's good to go the next day. I add a small amount of Oribe Smoothing Cream to add a little moisture. In the summer it’s fun to use Captain Blankenship Mermaid Sea Salt Spray to emulate those beachy waves. I keep telling my friend Nicole that I want to get a perm. I’ve always wanted a full head of curls!
jenna's favorite movies
Annie Hall, Dirty Dancing, Before Sunrise, Finding Nemo
jenna's favorite places in nyc
Champion for coffee, it’s close to my apartment, and a nice excuse to get out of the house.
For lunch, Saltie in Williamsburg.
Transmitter park is a great escape, it’s easy to forget we’re surrounded by water, and just being out on the pier in the east river takes the edge off.
For shopping, Mirth Vintage is my go-to.