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Janessa Howard

Owner/Photographer of Zen Lion Photography

Hey there! I appreciate that you took the time to check out my website and learn more about me and my philosophy as a lifestyle family photographer. A little background about me: I am 22 years old. I love coffee and tacos. I am a student at the University of Alaska Anchorage. I have been married to my soulmate, Austin, for a little over a year and a half. I have a malamute named Robbie, he loves snacks and he is as tall at me (5'9)! I pride myself in being a life-long student. I love earthy colors.

Let's chat a little more!

Birthing sessions - Coming Mid-2021


As you may know, I love to focus on the personal connection families have, and who you were at that exact moment in time. I strive to give you images that feel like your beautiful moments are frozen in time, and you can cherish them for the rest of your life. This year, I decided to take the jump to become a Certified Birth Photographer. I want to document your story to parenthood. I want to capture the deep and personal moments of your life. I am currently obtaining my education with Birth Becomes You, where I will learn to perfect my skills and offer you a unique and meaningful experience.

Photo taken by: Samantha Meza Photography

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

Shyanne + Landon


“Janessa is an amazing photographer, she’s done my photos for years now and there’s many more to come. She’s always courteous and reasonable. I’ve recommended her to many people and they all have loved her as well. I 100% recommended zen lion photography to capture those moments for you and your loved ones as well!”

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