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13 Jan '18

In The Frame: Jaclyn Snook

Posted by Mike Padua in In The Frame, Interviews

All photos © Jaclyn Snook

Heyo, I am a 26 year-old hobby photographer born and raised in Sacramento, California.

What I remember most about my childhood is my Dad constantly taking photos. I picked up this habit around age eleven mainly carrying around disposable cameras everywhere I went. In middle school my dad gave me his digital Kodak EasyShare so I used to rally all my girlfriends over for sleepovers where we would style each other and I would take portraits of everyone. During my Freshman year of high school I used to get picked on for having pale legs in my PE shorts so I used to ditch PE to sneak into the school’s darkroom and learn black and white photo processing. I really liked how it felt to control light on paper and create photos in a way I never had before.


I moved to San Francisco to attend SF State at the age of eighteen and felt a kind of strange social pressure being a college freshman. I found it overwhelming; constantly meeting new and interesting people and trying to be your best self while also learning a lot about who you are and what you care about. I developed (no pun intended) a strange comfort in being able to rely on communicating via photos. When at house parties or shows (or in nearly any social situation) I liked taking the outside-looking-in approach. I’m a very extroverted person with social anxiety so I realized that if I left the day/night with some great photos, I would share them to show appreciation for my friends in different way and it really soothed me.

Overall, nowadays, I mainly lean towards candid portraits of loved ones, self-portrait photography, and roaming the streets snapping photos of strangers/strange scenes.

I spent the last two years in London and currently reside in Oakland, CA
I learned photography by taking photos with disposable cameras at a young age. I then learned dark room development in high school. So I guess I am attracted to photographing with film because it is nostalgic. It feels good, it is a constant in my life.
I recently (finally) got my hands on a little Olympus Stylus Epic which has been a game changer for taking photos out in public since it is discrete and fits in my pocket. However, my go-to for the last six years is my Canon Rebel 2000 with a 50mm 1.8 lens. I have started to play around with shooting more at night and in low-light with 1600 speed films such as Fuji Superia and Fuji Natura

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