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Janessa Gonzalez

Owner/Photographer of Zen Lion Photography

Hey y'all! My pronouns are she/they, I am an Indigenous and Hispanic artist & storyteller. I am born and raised in Anchorage, AK, and love to capture people sharing love with their families. I specialize in Births, Boudoir, and Motherhood. I have an alaskan malamute named Robbie, and strive to live life sustainably and intentionally! I cannot wait to work with you!

Let's chat a little more!

The passion. The flame.


My biggest goal is to give families breath-taking images to share with their friends and families, and hang up on their walls. Before sessions, I send out questionnaires to get to know you a little better and get a feel for how your family will be. During the session, I LOVE to go with the flow and let y'all do your thing (I will prompt you of course!), but my heart longs for the images that are more like what you are actually like, rather than posed images that feel awkward and forced. Those are the images that change lives, and give you a life-long memory of who you were in that period of time. I love to tell your story.

The passion. The flame.


My biggest goal is to give families breath-taking images to share with their friends and families, and hang up on their walls. Before sessions, I send out questionnaires to get to know you a little better and get a feel for how your family will be. During the session, I LOVE to go with the flow and let y'all do your thing (I will prompt you of course!), but my heart longs for the images that are more like what you are actually like, rather than posed images that feel awkward and forced. Those are the images that change lives, and give you a life-long memory of who you were in that period of time. I love to tell your story.

Client Love

Allyssa Streeter

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"Highly recommend Janessa! I have done several shoots with her and she never disappoints. She’s very professional and fast at replying! She offers payment plans which is amazing!! I have had such an amazing experience using her as a photographer. Very patient and fun to be around. She makes you feel super comfortable during your shoot and explains poses well. She’s the sweetest person ever. I love every image I get back from her. She captures such beautiful moments. I will forever be thankful for her."

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