"Jess is an incredibly talented and versatile photographer. From family photos, to baby showers and elegant weddings, she captures it all beautifully."

—Amy H./Whitehouse Events

Photo Credit: Jill C SMith Photography

JKHOP Owner + Principal Photographer

Jessica Van Houten-Kenny

I started out as a photographer with the camera as an extension of my artistic endeavors. Today, I am an experienced wedding and portrait photographer who puts my clients at ease and makes moments into visions that last.

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What Clients Say...

Olivia + Joey S. //Poughkeepsie, NY

We are incredibly happy with our decision to hire Jess as our engagement and wedding photographer. We are blown away both with how fun it was to work with Jess and how well we vibed with her; and of course by the insanely beautiful and authentic photos that resulted. With all of her local connections, she was able to guide us as we were making decisions on other wedding vendors and day-of schedule. On our wedding day, Jess not only took amazing photos, but also took charge and honestly made the day run smoother because of her clear communication and expertise. Our wedding photos are a treasure and we are so happy that we found Jess and JKHOP. 

Lisa + Marc V. //Poughkeepsie, NY

The best part of working with J Kenny House of Photography was their ability to be flexible and accommodate the wedding that we had at our home. We have a ton of great pictures, but we didn’t feel overwhelmed or as though we were missing out on the celebration because we were taking pictures the entire time. We ended up with pictures of every person or group that we put on our list and Jessica reminded us of what pictures we wanted even when we forgot and she even helped bustle my dress when no one else could figure it out! We have 2 bulldogs that were part of the wedding party and the pictures of them came out great even though they are difficult to handle. I would highly recommend J Kenny House of Photography for any event!

Olivia + Ryan D. //Poughkeepsie, NY

Thank you for absolutely everything you did to make our wedding(s) a magical experience. Your flexibility and perspective during the global pandemic were unmatched. Your attention to detail, creativity, talent and timeliness made working with you so much fun. You truly helped us capture the story book wedding, not once but TWICE, we envisioned. Thank you so much for giving us so many happy memories to look back on! 

Danielle C.//Newburgh, NY

Jessica has been doing our family photos for quite some time now. Her ability to catch those unposed, fun and natural moments while still getting the kids to get serious when needed is an art in itself. Her style and editing is beautiful. Jess is so easy to work with, and we love to exchange ideas to create the perfect setting. She is so patient and kind. My five year old daughter will not let anyone else photograph her. We couldn’t imagine a better experience, and have magazine worthy photos that we will cherish forever. 

Kim + Ross W. // Central Valley, NY

Thank you Jess!!

We've worked with Jess multiple times now for maternity photo sessions, our daughters baptism, family photo sessions, and holiday sessions. Not only are the photos beautiful, but she makes us feel comfortable and at ease while also making the photo session fun for my toddler. The quality of her photos speak for themselves and we appreciate her professionalism at every stage from scheduling through to viewing our gallery. The results are always beautiful and we are very pleased with the treasured photos Jess has captured of our family.

Meghan E. // Highland, NY

I know many people think that I use Jessica for pictures just because I know her and recommend her for the same reason but the truth is, I recommend her because she has a true gift and she loves animals-that is important to me too:). I make it a point to do a yearly holiday shoot with Jess. Our pictures come out amazing even when our dogs are acting crazy and even when I think I look awful. The truth is, she captures beauty in all and is a true professional to work with. She is passionate about her craft, which I love, and makes everyone feel comfortable. You will not be disappointed-trust me!

Brooke W. // Garden City, NY

We are a family of five with three energetic boys...and capturing a good photo of all five of us simultaneously is not an easy task. Not only was Jessica able to do that, but she did so many times over during unexpected moments. As a result she provided us with beautiful photos capturing the nuances of a special moment that may ordinarily pass by in the blink of an eye. Jessica has a special gift of awareness, kindness, and humor which made all three of my sons comfortable and happy during our session. Her photographs are a treasured keepsake that bring joy to me each time I look at them.

Ellen// Poughkeepsie, NY

Jess always gets it “just right”. I don’t like to go too staged or posed with our family photos, and she always captures us as we are, in the moment, as our best selves. We send her photo every year on our Christmas card, and use her photos throughout the year on display in our home. Having worked with her in a professional setting, she is great with perspective, lighting, mood, and really knows how to capture your brand identity through photography.